Seasoned and Experienced Poetry Compilers


Jael Kemuma Migiro
Abigirl Phiri, abigirlphiri@gmail.com

Worth Noting:

  • I have had the pleasure to be in their WhatsApp group where they hold daily/weekly competitions and they award e-certificates. Thus, this group is making strides in ensuring the growth of poets and poetess from different countries. At the same time, it gives people pointers on how to work on their weakness and see how others do it in the field.
  • To a greater extent, her primary English teacher at Sakagwa Academy by the name Madam Veronica Ongeri inspired her to write down her thoughts. Likewise, she draws inspiration from prominent figures in literature such as William Shakespeare, amongst others. Consequently, Jael’s aspiration in life is to be awarded and recognized as one of the greatest writers across the globe.
  • Furthermore, she wants to reach that position whereby people will realize how a great and dedicated journalist she is. In addition, she wishes to help in charity groups giving back to those in need because charity surely begins at home. Life is more worthwhile to live if you think of the welfare of those underprivileged, who have less.

Recently l participated in an anthology ocean of words which is being compiled by Jael Kemuma Migiro, a very friendly and lovely lady. For that reason, l figured out that it was high time that l had an interview with a compiler so that he/she could shed more light on what drives them to take such a big role.

I strongly believe, most people are novices in this compiling world. To make matters worse, one would find himself or herself literally lost, trying to find their own two feet if they are not seasoned compilers. Thus, this is where Jael Kemuma Migiro pitches in. This Kenyan poetess is also a writer from Kisii.

That said, she is a journalist by profession, no wonder why she has this great love of writing and compiling poems. When I asked her how this her journey started, she informed me that it was way back in primary school where she used to pen down great compositions. As a result, she transformed into a competent writer with age, just like how fine wine ages with time.

In regard to metamorphosing into becoming a compiler, she gives credit to the fact that she realized that before publishing your own book, it is helpful to ensure that others firstly realize their dreams. Thus, in her instance, it is through compiling poetry anthologies. As far as I am concerned, in some way I harbour the same sentiments such as these.

You should help others first before you do think of yourself because this is the true definition of selflessness. All things being equal, this act will in the long run motivate individuals to publish their own solo books. This is the reason why she decided to put this to test in 2019/2020 whereby she compiled her first book entitled “Shackles of Pain.”

Soon after that, she compiled the other four books which are on Amazon, and she has more in store for her beloved readers. It is worth noting that Jael also has a writing group called The Elysians African Writing Group, which is an initiative of Noel Lorenz House of Fiction (NLHF) in India by Sir Noel Lorenz.

I have had the pleasure to be in their WhatsApp group where they hold daily/weekly competitions, and they award e-certificates. Thus, this group is making strides in ensuring the growth of poets and poetess from different countries. At the same time, it gives people pointers on how to work on their weakness and see how others do it in the field.

To a greater extent, her primary English teacher at Sakagwa Academy by the name Madam Veronica Ongeri inspired her to write down her thoughts. Likewise, she draws inspiration from prominent figures in literature such as William Shakespeare, amongst others. Consequently, Jael’s aspiration in life is to be awarded and recognized as one of the greatest writers across the globe.

Furthermore, she wants to reach that position whereby people will realize how a great and dedicated journalist she is. In addition, she wishes to help in charity groups giving back to those in need because charity surely begins at home. Life is more worthwhile to live if you think of the welfare of those underprivileged, who have less.

That said, she would love to meet other great writers from Kenya as well as the rest of the world because sharing is tantamount to caring, not forgetting two heads are better than one. Accordingly, in the near future, she sees herself as a published writer with a force to be reckoned with globally in the poetry circles.

At the time of writing this article, she explained that she has already started working on this her noble initiative. Furthermore, she would love to get as many awards as possible because that would be an indication that she is doing something right if her work is recognized this way. Also, she has received certificates from Writers Jugalbandi., Triumph of Words, ink your Words, Writers Unplugged amongst others.

With regard to awards, she scooped the outstanding achievement Award from NLHF for being a Founder of The Elysians African Writing Group. All this, her impressive history and endeavors shows that she really is making waves in the poetry world.

At present she is the Program Manager at the School of Arts and Poetry whilst at the same time she is the Team Leader of Cormorants at the Oxygen Pen, not forgetting her post at the NLHF IYW Radio – Regional Head in Kenya. Adding to that she is also the Brand Ambassador for these organizations, Kenya at Oxygen Pen, the World Literary Forum for Peace and Human Rights plus the Noel Lorenz House of Fiction.

In the same vein, she is a Moderator at Source Wisdom Poetry and this is her exemplary list is endless. Although she is not a published author as, yet she has co-authored in the following books Wisdom Wine- Drop of shrewdness Anthology by Yug Gupta; Adyssey of Life and Love Anthology by Burhanuddin Shayar; World’s thinnest Anthology; The Orchard by Megha Shreya; Obsidian Blood Anthology by Garima Yadav and Kumari Jyotsna; Stars and Scars by Global Poetry; Ek Naari Sab Pe Bhari by Ishani Agarwal; Love Lust Licentiousness by Mr. Abhinaba Dutta; Element of Joy by Shubham Kumar and the list goes on.

Her work has been featured in many and different newspapers, blogs as well as magazines. For example the Lucknow Newspaper in India, E-Magazine in Kenya, Kistrech International magazine 2019 to name but just a very few.

Apart from writing, she also has a soft spot for nature, and she really enjoys traveling, reading and watching documentaries. As a result of her steadfast writing, her work has been featured in blogs such as ZenPens – Nigeria and The Daily Watch Press by Auwal Uba Mustapha.

For all those of you who would like to get in touch with her, these are her social media handles; Facebook page: Poetess Jael. As for Instagram, it is: Jael_poet45 and Jael_Joy100 for twitter. Furthermore, her Facebook page handle is: The Elysians African Writing Group. Again, her email address is kemumajael@gmail.com. For this interview, we were fortunate enough that she shared her poem with us entitled O’ PARDON THE BEWITCHED WITCH.

 

O’ pardon the bewitched witch.

Her curves storm every eye; dead and living,

Her ravishing eyes outshine the shining sun,

Her long legs out stand in the unbelievable throng,

Her voice? Bags every air in the land.

 

Alas! When the men of the land part ways.

The sun bides goodbye in her direction.

Thou non sobs in the light nor in the dark,

The painkiller of the dead and living hearts,

Mama Africa! The bewitched witch O.

 

Yes! The bewitched witch is roaming around.

The voice of darkness is in their hearts. Our men!

The trees whisper harshly to our ears. Warning?

Behold, the moon shall outshine the sun!

O’ still on the gaze, ask me no more.

 

The bewitched star shall be digitalized to ashes,

For the end is knocking on the Light door,

Oh! The witch, you are a champ of thy own!

Leave, O Leave, the cherished land,

Aye! Thy bones shall forever be bewitched.

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