Ikenna Okeh

THOU ART NO YOUTH

UbuntuFM | Thou Art No Youth | poem by Ikenna Okeh

#Poetry #Life #Youth #AdultContemporary

from 'A Harvest Of Verses'If you are yet sprightly, But with fear saddled upon your heart; Bearing weightily on your self-will And encumbering your every step, Then stand before a mirror and look closely You will find that thou art no youth.

If you cling onto a ship
Beaten helplessly by the gale
And you hear the captain within you give the order: ‘Abandon ship! Abandon ship!’
But still, you hold on,
Dreading the uncertain deep
Then, alas,
Thou art no youth.

If you think only of gain
If you think not of pain
Of life’s fair commerce
Of sacrifice
Then you are truly an old man at harvest
For youth is the sowing fest.

If

Interview with Yerry Rellum

UbuntuFM | Yerry Rellum

#Interviews #Soul #RnB Yerry Rellum

Exception To The RuleYerry Rellum orginating from Surinam and based in the Netherlands, recently released his hit single 'I Feel Love' with Walboomers Music. The track was heavily promoted on UbuntuFM Radio. Ikenna Okeh now sits down with Yerry for an in-depth interview. 

Thank you for granting us this interview, Yerry. I'm at a loss for where to begin with my questions, mostly because there are quite a lot of them competing for attention but I think I will give first place to my curiosity about your evident ancestry. You look every bit African. Am I correct in my assumption? How does an African end up in Holland doing R&B/Soul music? What's the story behind it?

Yerry Rellum | 'I Feel Love'

UbuntuFM | Yerry Rellum | 'I Feel Love'

#Reviews #Soul #NL #Surinam Yerry Rellum

Strong Soul. A modern day Soul Classic. Yerry Rellum orginating from Surinam but based in the Netherlands, has released what may turn out to be a modern day Soul Classic.

'I Feel Love' is a song that bespeaks beauty such as is felt and interpreted right within your soul. I will be telling you as much of it as I can translate into words in an attempt to communicate them to you.

First, it begins with a touching piano intro that kicks off like a shaft of morning sun; sudden but not startling, as though you've been readying a welcome for it all the while. I'm

Interview with Ogoo

UbuntuFM | Ogoo | "Onye Isi Oma (The Lucky One)" | "You Are Mine"

#Interviews #RnB #Nigeria #Soul Ogoo

UbuntuFM Africa linked up with R&B singer Ogoo from NigeriaUbuntuFM gets in touch with Ogoo following the release of her latest single, ‘Onye Isi Oma (The Lucky One)’ and ‘You Are Mine’. In this exclusive interview with UbuntuFM’s Ikenna Okeh, Ogoo talks about being a music artist in modern Nigeria, her career, #MeToo and the effect of digi

Ogochukwu Oye better know as "Ogoo" grew up in a close-knit Nigerian family that hails from Awka in Anambra State. Years after practising law as a certified Barrister, Ogoo decided to pursue her first love and passion “Music”. Her passion for music has always been there since a baby. Her Mum told her that as a three-year-old, she would sing and dance with drummers whenever she hear drum beats. She

UbuntuFM meets Eric Bibb

UbuntuFM | Eric Bibb | Blues troubadour, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, citizen of the world.

#Interviews #Blues Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb | Blues troubadour, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Grammy nominee, citizen of the world.In his latest release ‘Migration Blues’ (2017) Eric Bibb - 2017 Grammy nominee in the best traditional Blues album category - draws a parallel between the former African-American share-croppers leaving the segregation and misery of the Southern USA for the industrial cities

Ikenna: Welcome to UbuntuFM Mr. Bibb, and thank you for your time. You have quite a career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio and television appearances and non-stop touring. How did you manage to do this? Are you able to condense this experience in a few lines and share it with our readers?

Eric: Looking back I, too, am amazed at the many miles I’ve travelled. The trick to

Interview with Richard Ali

UbuntuFM | Interview with Richard Ali

#Interviews #People #Nigeria #ModernHistory #Europe #Africa #NetNeutrality #Secessionism #Xenophobia #BookPublishing #Biafra Richard Ali

Personal Perspectives #1: Richard Ali - book publisher and lawyer from NigeriaPersonal Perspectives is an interview series, a platform on which we invite people to share their perspective on issues that affect us all.  Recently UbuntuFM was privileged to sit down and speak with Richard Ali, book publisher and lawyer from Nigeria. 

Richard Ali was shortlisted for the John la Rose Short Story Competition (2008). He has participated in various writing workshops including the 2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop and the 2013 GRANTA/British Council Workshop.  Richard has served as Judge for the BN Poetry Award [Africa’s only Africa-wide poetry prize] and Rwanda’s Huza Press Short Story Prize and has been a Guest at

UbuntuFM meets Bishop The Overseer

Bishop The Overseer | Hip-Hop | USA

#Interviews #HipHop Bishop The Overseer

INTERVIEWUbuntuFM's Ikenna Okeh linked up with U.S. West & East Coast rapper Bishop The Overseer. Here's the recount:

Greetings Bishop, great to link up with you and provide us with the opportunity to pose a few questions.

Your track, ‘Runnin Back’, is quite a remarkable artistic achievement in every musical aspect. So tell us, what inspired the track?

Peace to you and yours. I appreciate your interest in the single. I'm humbled by the reviews and this subsequent interview. It is psychologically impactful

Writing for Nollywood

UbuntuFM | Darlington Chukwunyere, founder of Viddawood

#Interviews #People #Nollywood #Viddawood #Nigeria

Interview with Darlington Chukwunyere, founder of ViddawoodUbuntuFM talked to Darlington Chukwunyere - founder of Viddawood - an online marketplace that connects screenwriters with movie producers; on issues relating to Nollywood, reasons for establishing Viddawood, the challenges of writing for the screen.

The name ‘Viddawood’ has been popping up lately within industry circles. So tell us, what is Viddawood, and what services does it have on offer?

Viddawood is a community of screenwriters who believe in making a positive impact on humanity through film. Our community is driven by a shared, collective responsibility and experience sharing. 

Every writer in Viddawood is gifted. Majority of

UbuntuFM meets RootWords

UbuntuFM meets RootWords | US Hip-Hop artist with African roots

#Interviews #HipHop Rootwords

interview with US HipHop artist of African originRootWords is an independent rap artist born in the United States to Zambian parents. He lives in Switzerland from where he reaches out to an audience of listeners with his rap music.

In 2016, RootWords released the EP "Inapqropriate Behaviour" featuring the track, 'My Identity' which got a review on the UbuntuFM Hip-Hop website. UbuntuFM's Ikenna Okeh reached out to RootWords for this exclusive interview.

1. ‘My Identity’ is a song that addresses systematic oppression with its resultant psychological damage. It says quite a lot lyrically. My question is: did the song set