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Superhero 22 | Call me out!

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Beverly Nambozo showed me that my work could mean something.

It was 2011. Those were the days when I wrote poetry in order to remain sane. Poetry was a way out of the world and a way in to some fantastical world. When I submitted my poem to Beverly's award, I didn't think much of it. I saw myself as a teen age writer who would be given a pat on the shoulder saying - darling your writing is so sweet. And that would be it. Just patronising compliments from adults and swoosh, I would be back to the drawing board of rhymes and canto.

It was the award night and I had no desire to attend it because, after all, my writing was up against the gurus of the poetry industry. I knew I was no where close. So, just as I was settling down for movie night with my family, I receive a call from Beverly asking where I was. She insisted I attend the award ceremony. So I, unenthusiastically, mustered my limbs and arrived at the awards ceremony just in time. By this time I hoped that I would come in second place or at least third place...My thinking at the time was...maybe they wanted to show me that I had potential to be a writer so one of these lower positions will boost me. But no, this hope fizzled away when I saw two other lady's take those winning positions. Suddenly, I hear my name being called for first position and I hesitated to stand because I was still mourning the loss of positions number 2 and 3..Wait! I had won! You gotta be kidding me! But I'm a teenager - I thought.

I listened to Beverly talk about my work and her hopes for its future and I was blown away. Who was this woman she was speaking of that had my name? I wanted to meet me! Since then Beverly has been a silent but ardent supporter of all my endeavours for which I am grateful. She didn't judge me according to my age or stage in life, she saw into me and spoke to the greater person inside; calling ME out. Beverly continues to inspire individuals of all ages through literature and elocution. Bless you Bev!

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It's so inspiring to hear about your story and relationship with your mentor. Many young people with potential are lacking someone who can tell them they can, so much potential out there. What I can say to Beverley is you need to keep to the challenge of a generation in need of your services. We need you!

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