A Sonorous Dirge By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

A Sonorous Dirge By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

People who are out to score cheap points for political correctness are never economical with sycophancy instead they remain shameless masters of the act. They betray confidentiality and rape trust.

Some people don’t just manufacture lies but they do everything within their reach to spread such lies and make some other people believe they are truths. With this, they elongate the span of deception, maintain the tempo of falsehood and perpetuate the circle of enmity. 

Real or imaginary, nothing can unite a people more than having a common enemy. Where this plays out, abuse becomes the new normal and retrogression reigns. The concept of enmity and the propensity to deal with it at all cost, sometimes without proper diagnosis or even an attempt to know if it actually exists, is the primary cause of the problem most people have.

When we hear what we want to hear, we can jump into conclusion and take action without making any effort to verify what we heard – and every hasty decision with its resultant action can be counterproductive. Apart from making costly avoidable mistakes, the law of cause and effect or action and reaction is always at work. To every action there is a corresponding reaction. And retaliation is a dangerous form of reaction.

It’s also been observed that some people for no just cause can inherit another person’s enemies and suffer grave consequences thereafter with or without the knowledge of the person they inherited his or her enemies. Like crying more than the bereaved, some people can sheepishly go to any length to defend what they believe in even when such belief is false or unhealthy. Belief and conviction can make one a fan but with an untested and unexamined fans comes fanaticism – and fanatics are difficult to relate with.

People tend to amplify negative things just to make a mole out of mice. Evil news spreads at the speed of light while good news gets little or no attention. And the things we persistently hear have ways of affecting the way we live. Our view of others can be affected by mere things we hear about them even without knowing them or having personal dealings with them.

We gather and exert much energy to pull others down but will be too scared to make a little sacrifice to advance their cause. We excel on the darkling plain of primitivity, using primordial sentiments to feed the flame of division and enmity. This should stop. If we cannot build, let us not destroy. It will be better to keep quiet when there is nothing good to talk about than to open the mouth and malign an innocent person for selfish reasons.

Don’t forget that what goes around comes around. The same measure we use for others will be used for us but most times in many folds. Even in the thick of darkness, no man can run away from his shadow. The time of harvest will surely come. Yes, there will always be a payback time.

When they cannot manipulate and control you, they will resort to devising means to eliminate you but the way of man is different from the way of God. It is only God that gives and preserves life. Be as wise as the serpent and do all you can not to play into the hands of the people that want you down and out at all cost by all means.

We live in a wicked world with many people having a penchant for evil but fear not. Conduct your life with goodness and mercy having respect for the dignity of life. Strive to give your affordable best all the time. Learn to expect the best but be out to live with the worst when inevitable. There can be no gain without pain.

Watch your back and be mindful of your actions. Observe how people react to you and matters concerning you. There is no smoke without fire; there will be no condemnation without a cause. Most people who criticize and fight you do so out of the stories they heard about you – and you might be surprised that it is someone close to you that painted you black before them and without confirmation they formed their opinion and go about attacking you for no just cause.

Some people feel that the only way they can get attention is by using your name so they can stop at nothing to malign and blackmail you. For making it and causing things to happen, you are not just some people’s prayer points; you are their dominant aspiration and greatest desire. Being a star attracts attention which may be positive or negative. Rejoice and be glad indeed for it is only the tree with succulent fruits that receives pebbles. No one can waste energy and time talking about nobody. People will only talk about you when there is something special about you. Your exploit will attract attention and the bigger the more.

Fear not if your hands are clean otherwise amend your ways while there is still time. Keep up the good work and you will finish strong and die empty.

Do great things with passion and ease. With conviction, live larger than life. Turn things around for better. Rule the world with great ideas. Strive for onward and upward movement. Re-make the world – your world – and become a celebrity.

There is really no competition in destiny, and delay is not denial. Know the reason for the season and get the best of the situation. You are here for a purpose. Discover and fulfill it in time.

Arise by lifting up others. Give a helping hand. Show little kindness and propagate unconditional love even when it is abused and trampled underfoot.

Those who go out to do good rarely go down without achieving results. Again, it is better to try and fail than not trying at all.

They are more fulfilled that reached out and touched lives in diverse ways, solving problems and adding more values to life than those who clinched their fingers to conserve their possessions. The hand that gives never lacks for release leads to increase.

The society is better, and the people rejoice, when a lasting solution is found for a ravaging persistent problem – and anyone who discovered the solution will become famous and wealthy. Embrace this challenge. Discover something new and great. Go out and seek solutions to big problems – and you would be glad that you indeed do.

It has been established that people often have idea problems, not really money problems, and ideas rule the world. To rule the world therefore, come up with ideas – great ideas that will add value to people.

Develop the capacity for meaningful new ideas and go a step further for implementation. Action, timely action, matters. Task yourself for meaningful work and work for results that will leave your world better than you met it. This is a sure way for a sonorous dirge when the time comes to answer nature’s call!


Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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