WINNER OF THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ POETRY COMPETITION 2022 – TAIWO BAYODE

WINNER OF THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ POETRY COMPETITION 2022 IS TAIWO BAYODE. HIS BIO AND WINNING POEM CAN BE FOUND BELOW

Taiwo O. Bayode is a Nigerian poet, writer, and a law student at the prestigious University of lbadan, Oyo, Nigeria . He develops enthusiasm in anything that deals with writing and creativity. He writes poems,short quotes,motivational & inspiring words.    He develops much pleasure in writing about love and at same time poems expressing the full of glance of sadness, pity and sorrow.He has written some few works yet to be published, resulting from some due and undue issues, two of this books are “Encounter with the edges of love” (Poetry Anthology and “Blind” (a motivational series).     He hails from of Akure City, Ondo state, Nigeria. He is jovial type and he loves everything that has to do with football. He always believes in his personal life “ideology”, it is says, ‘life is a chance”, chance to be anything, chance to create and recreate, chance to sin and repent,chance to try, fail and try again, chance to be great. life is a chance to be the best version of you    His Instagram handle @blessedpen_ and phone number 07025108352. 

Dear me

Dear me, 

For sake of love,

  you were breathed into this

 body, you were given fleshy

skin to keep safe and nurture, 

If life treats this body inferior 

learn to uphold yourself. 
Dear me,

 For the sake of love, 

you were ransomed with

beauty like that of the stars,

 you were given this face, 

to be the color you wear,  

If life treat you ugly, take a

time to prove it that you

 are and always a beautiful one. 


Dear me, 

For the sake of love,

 you were gifted with lovely

companions and beautiful 

souls all around, you were

honored with family to feel

and know what love is, 

If they turn against you,  

do not turn against yourself. 


Dear me, 

You are light to 

your world and god to

 your godlessness generation,

 if the darkness hover harder  

its strong wings and they turn 

corruption to the food they eat

promise you refuse to

listen to their calls. 

Taiwo O. Bayode. 

About TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ

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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2 Responses to WINNER OF THE TONY TOKUNBO FERNANDEZ POETRY COMPETITION 2022 – TAIWO BAYODE

  1. Michael says:

    What a wonderful piece

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