Dear Sam Bright Omo

I was surfing through the NS slush pile when I saw it. I froze. It was mid-morning, i needed to eat, dress up and drive fifty miles to my day job, but at that moment none of that mattered . All that mattered were the words on my computer screen or was I imagining them? I read them again slowly, i blinked and rubbed my eyes. They were still there, two words, first letters in capitals–Nicole Bassey. My heart began to race, my breaths slowed down and i shivered. This was strange stuff.


I was flattered, no , amazed and for once I couldn’t think of the right thing to say, the right thing to write, the right thing to think.

Then came the wait. As the posting queue slithered like a pregnant snail, i mentally switched off. It would come some day, I told myself. I wondered what it would say and if I would like it. The tags were enchanting : Africa,eagle,woman,beauty,hope,life,sunshine…

Then it was posted. A poem, Nicole Bassey. For the first time in my life someone wrote a poem about me and published it! I was humbled and speechless, nothing i could say would truly express my acceptance, for in many ways it was an apology. Once a few weeks ago we had locked swords on a phrase in the popular Water Palaver series. I offered a correction , he refused it. I unwisely alluded to it in the next edition. He erupted spewing words meant to wound and to silence. I was hurt, deeply so. In that instant i swore to stay away , faraway. Surprisingly he wouldn’t let me, he wrote an apology on the post and echoed it thrice. I thawed a bit, but not completely. My people say, snakebite survivors dread curved sticks. I had been bitten once and for me once was more than enough.
Then he wrote a poem . And not just any poem, an ode so beautiful and heart warming that it made all that read it marvel. A celebration of warmth and compassion, industry and beauty, courage and wit so powerful and touching that it made me melt. It licked up all the ice in me and i felt my legs give way…

So I sat
And read the poem again,
I inhaled its fragrance,
Its lush words that
Filled my aching spaces
With the scent of approval

I sought words with which to respond.
I found none.


Until now

Dear Sam Bright,
I have found my tongue,
I accept your poem,
Your mistitled epic ode
Written for a goddess , a princess or a queen,
of which
I can but yearn,
To be,
But most of all i accept your
Galant spirit,
Unafraid to love or hate
And brave enough to say it,
Able to shake off the fake,
To discard all pretense,
To amaze with the sheer passion
Of your pursuit,
Of your gaze,
Looking into my soul
Yet unwilling
To blink or look away
I salute you
In your inimitable
Your wit
Your laugh, your kindness
An uncanny ability to look
Beyond the chaos
To the paradise that can be
I accept, Sam Bright
And i hope that
From now we can
Accept each other too
Not just us
But the entire Ns family
And Nigeria
And the world.
For where there are people
There will be differences
Where there are atoms
They will collide,
But doesn’t matter,
What matters is making up,
Letting go,
Looking for the good
In each other
What matters is
Learning to love,
And to forgive.

51 thoughts on “Dear Sam Bright Omo” by Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

  1. Ha! Hmmm! Henn! Ok o…!

    Now what do I say? Nice of you, sunshine. Golden words on a white plate. I ate them and loved them.

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      You are too kind @chemokopi . Thank you.

  2. wow, men, we writers are a weird lot. I remember writing something for a friend I quarreled with in secondary school. she took one look at it and went “its too long” Lol. This is really beautiful.

  3. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

    @Olan , I know exactly what you mean I think I got similar treatment once too… Many thanks for reading and commenting

  4. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

    @jollyone @Seun-odukoya @Excellency @jaywriter – acceptance complete. smiling.

    1. *clears throat*


      Wetin consaign me with this thing?!

    1. kai, I see it, I read it, I feel it, I love it, maybe I should do it too.
      Darn, and if this happens to be a spark, it has been so beautifully ignited, with words that could so much melt two hearts into one, not that I’m implying anything apart from saying I’m in love with this concept mehn! @nicolebassey, @sambrightomo, u guys sure know how to do it. Lovely, now lets see more uniting pieces, Encore!

  5. WOW! *Dies and wakes*

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      *Pours ice water on you,checks your pulse, loosens your shirt….*

      1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

        How can I die with you by my side doing just this… Please continue @nicolebassey

        1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

          ole! at least you are fine now. : )

  6. Haa!

    I smell a romantic rat somewhere!

    @sambrightomo your head must be swelling and your heart palpitating like jumping catfish at ketu market.

    You guys will cause jealousy on NS oh…

    Lovely piece sunshine. So, when we fight on NS we get inspired?

    Maybe I too should go and insult somebody on their post then write them a sweetastic poem…lol.

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      @afronuts ! Great to see you
      thanks for your remarks
      Jealousy is a good thing,no?

  7. How come I missed this true love/live story. I should start from the beginning. Water Palavar abi?

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      loooool @francis , yes Water Palaver 1 actually, thanks for reading : )

  8. @nicolebassey wow! Beautiful… Heart of gold Uv gt indeed… I daresay u r a queen…

    @sambrightomo welcome back from the dead… lol

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      Well, *curtseying * thank you @Topazo. ;-)

    2. Thank you for testifying on my behalf @Topazo

  9. Aww. You guys are too cute :’)

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      Sniff sniff, @Yeniee thank you : )

    2. lol. cute kwa?

  10. You rock big time babe.

    This will keep the guy in cloud nine for the rest of the year.

    1. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      He he he @Estee abi? let’s hope so, and let’s hope … aww nevermind. Thank you : )

      1. Never Mind? #raised eyebrow#

        Ok let’s do PM pleeeaaassseee.

        1. @Estee you better leave the eyebrow raised…lol @nicolebassey when you do PM with her,please explain what you mean by “never mind” so the eye brow will relax…lol

          1. One more thing, cloud nine is an understatement. I have printed this copy, framed it and hung it on the wall. Just for special effect, yes special effect….lol

  11. hmmmmmmmn…..
    this was………..
    this was beautiful.
    weldone. @nicolebassey

  12. Who says action speaks louder than words?, I don go watch this action film from the beginning but na d ending sweet pass. Nice flow of words.

    1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

      shebi? na the end of film dey sweet pass.

  13. When I saw the title, I was like ‘ mehn! someone did what I couldn’t when Sam wrote a poem for me’ I checked the writer and twas sunshine and I knew twould be fun to read.

    This is beautiful! The poem, the words and the feelings they show.
    @Sambrightomo is a wonderful person truly…and the poem just about sums him up.

    I am heading to the water palaver ni.
    Beautiful piece, sunshine. You are a really good writer. Bien hecho. $ß.

    @Afronuts…Nutty you, they go write for @kaycee b4 you. The guy na master trouble. You, do you know how to cause palaver sef? How have you been jare?

    1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

      awwwwww @sibbylwhyte I am touched by your testimony. THANKKKKKKKKKKKKK YOU!

    2. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      Many many thanks Overlady @sibbylwhyte , many many thanks!

    3. @sibbylwhyte, indeed, I was going to say kaycee ought to have a myriad of such, but maybe he must start first like sambright, @kaycee, this is ur chance sire :D

      1. @excellency and @sibbylwhyte. I do enjoy a good number of these, but mine are done privately and even physical. No mumuness involved. Check my inbox.

  14. I inhaled its fragrance,
    Its lush words that
    Filled my aching spaces
    With the scent of approval

    Bravo! Such grace, such warmth as promotes peace and community. I have had poems written for me before, albeit delivered in private but none has moved me to such eloquence ever before.
    @Nicolebassey has proven she thoroughly deserves @sambrightomo‘s poem and attention. You guys are now my favourite persons on NS.

    @chemokopi, you ate them and loved them, ba? I love that imagery. See how they inspire.

    1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

      @jollyone….. chai, please oooo…. make dem no hear am oooo. “You guys are now my favourite persons on NS. “— What an honour…

    2. Sunshine (@nicolebassey)

      @Jollyone I thank you for providing the encouragement. : )

      1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

        encouragement kwa?

  15. nice poem @nicolebassey. It happens with writers. @AlabaOk should read this post.

  16. Me thinks some people should concentrate on improving their writing and leave mumuness well alone.

    1. @kaycee, now what exactly is your definition of mumuness? From whence dost it begin to be extracted in this piece?

  17. @nicolebassey and @sambrightomo, this is so sweet. You have used your art to mend your hearts. Let this be the start of a true friendship *winks*.

  18. Sorry for commenting this late.

    I love the respect and love in this write. It’s so ‘awwwww’. Wish someone would write me such and post it on NS too, looooooooool.

    I hope ‘divorced’ NS couples take the same route too.

    I think you two are my ideal NS couple, *winks*

  19. gentle babe (@ihenyengladysusile)

    lovely piece ,i must check out nicole bassey because ehh this kind of inspiraton no be here,lovely.

  20. well-expressed

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