Art Competition Runner Up – Ogungbe
Art Competition – Voices of Resistance!
We think that female genital mutilation (FGM) is everybody’s business and that young people’s voices and views are essential to ending FGM. We believe that resistance, change, perseverance and survival are essential elements in the FGM campaign. What do you think?
We are pleased to showcase the brilliant poem from our runner up
Ogungbe ‘Bunmi Victoria
who is a 24 year old activist living in Nigeria. Have a read of her amazing poem below.
NEVER AGAIN . . .
Its not in me to be cold
I know when the passion should rise
though I do not have to be told
I’m meant to be me, a girl, cold as ice
Go down the aisle,
hold tight the smile
not a single slip
of the turmoil inside
“be strong my girl
a proud woman you soon will be”
no more, mother, never again
Reach deep down
its in there somewhere
or so I thought at first
now I know its lost
knife bared, blades sharp
the dawn of the girls feast
the day that part of me was taken
Now I know its lost forever
no more, never again
Its here now, I feel it
voices raised, arms poised
no more of this feminine sorrow
No more, no more FGM . . . never again
We are really grateful for all the hard work from all the young people who submitted work into our competitions.
Sing. Shout. Smile. Laugh. Live. #EndFGM
Suggestions? Want to write for us? Just want to say hello? Email the editor on firstname.lastname@example.org