It is still October, a month dedicated to celebrate the girl child all around the world. During the International Day of the girl child, prizes were given to girls who wrote poems and short stories. The theme for the poetry competition was ‘I am a girl’. This was borne out of the thought of what girls really think about themselves likewise the short story competition was on ‘My Dream Girl’ which made them think on how they want girls to be seen in years to come, the changes they would like to see and stereotypes they would want to see changing. There are interesting poetry submissions below.
NAME: OLAJUWON OPEYEMI
SCHOOL: METHODIST GRAMMAR SCHOOL BODIJA OJURIN IBADAN.
I am Nikita
I am strong
Even on the roughest of roads
I carry the xx factor like a shield
It is the reason I am unconquerable
I have a strength that more than meet the eyes.
I can withstand the greatest pains
And you dare call me weak
You call me the weaker vessel.
Yes! I am a vessel but not weak
For if I am weak, shall I bring forth a child
For the minute I am weak the world comes to an end.
I am a girl
One of the best creation of God
You don’t see beyond my looks.
You call me inadequate because,
I don’t appeal to your sexual sense
A message to the world I live
Behold! The beauty of my intellect
The beauty of my heart.
The model of progress
And to you I am just a girl
In your sight your greatest mistake
In your sight a deficiency of your organ
But before your scorn I shall grow
In the midst of men, I shall flourish
For I am meant to lead legions of men
While you wait there saying,
She is just a girl
I will take my stand in the world
Their eyes piercing through me
Expecting my intellectual flaw, Because I am a girl
But like the Northern star,
I shock them with the magnitude of my knowledge
I tell them the reason I am created. To protect mankind
To give importance to the existence of man
So listen, ye, who breathe
I am here because I am a girl
And I don’t regret that fact.
Nikita is the Greek
It means the unconquerable
NAME: OGUNJOBI BUKUNMI
SCHOOL: ABADINA GRAMMAR SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN
TOPIC: I AM A GIRL
I am a girl, with unique properties,
varying mood, sometimes sad ,sometimes happy,
but patience, love,care and kindness are my merits.
I am a girl, a pride to God in the society,
the sweetest of all creatures
made with decorative fixtures.
A reason for my father’s worry
hoping for love and care
a helper to my mother and companion to brothers
a diamond, a jewel of inestimable value
infact! I am irresistible.
I am a girl, of great vision
that studies to fight frustration, avoid destitution,
win independence and find inspiration.
I am a girl with qualities and potentials that intimidate many
I am bold, bright and beautiful.
I am extraordinary, am not a nothing, but
I am a girl!