Young as I am in a world larger than I
I don’t want to be a star twinkling in the skies.
The voice in my head tells me each day that I can be whatever I choose to be
And my heart beckons for a light brighter than that glittery dot.
Indeed, I want to be more than just a star!

In a world crowded by billions of stars
I don’t want my shining light to be mistaken for another.
The truth that none but me look exactly just like me, shows that I am unique.
And as bright as the sunlight unbroken by clouds at noonday
Such is the light that I am made be!

Even when my youthfulness is overtaken by greyness
I still don’t want to be a star twinkling somewhere from afar in the skies.
The moon is what I want to be, beaming light in the way of strangers and travellers,
And on the path of every child who is afraid of the shadows by night.
I want to shine brighter while I am still alive.

But when at last this greyness is overtaken by death
I beseech you to put me among the many stars of our heroes past.
For therein shall the sparkles of my twinkling light shine forth with rare brilliance
A starry symbol of inspiration to be looked upon by young dreamers
Who, just like me, desire to shine the brightest.

   Ebenezer Olasunkanmi Akinrinade is a plain language poet, public speaker, social worker, youth / child advocate, book editor, social media trainer, and a  bit more. His social nickname is “Gent2smile” which is already registered as a blog.

   He is a founding executive member and Director of Projects/Publicity for African Resourceful Leaders Foundation, a reputable and registered non-governmental organization founded in 2010 with relevant projects and milestone achievements in Education, Leadership and Good Governance; Communications & Research Officer for YE Magazine. Ebenezer is also an Alumni Fellow of the prestigious Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) of the United States Consulate General Lagos as well as an alumnus of the renowned Daystar Leadership Academy.

   Ebenezer and the entire ARLFoundation team won the Person of The Year Award for 2012 from Kiddies Digest Magazine for giving support and bringing public attention to the needs of the helpless children at the Home of Destitute in Oko-Baba, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. In February 2013, the YEC-Academy project which he co-founded with other three exceptional youth ambassadors won the America-Nigeria Partnership Award as the overall best among other five projects sponsored by the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative owing to their outstanding performance on the youth engagement vocational training project which empowered over forty-five youths in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and for successfully hosting the Creative Youth Exhibition 2013 sponsored by the Joan Agha Foundation in partnership with Alliance Francaise Ibadan and Ibadan North-West Local Government.

   On several occasions, he has appeared as a special guest on major national TV and Radio stations like  Television Continental (TVC), Silverbird Television (STV), Lagos Television (LTV 8), Voice of Nigeria (VON), National Open University of Nigeria Radio (NOUN Radio) and others.

The antecedent of Ebenezer as a passionate social worker was not born out of idleness or mere interest in charity, but rather out of purpose and determination to fulfill a divine call embedded in the meaning of his name, Ebenezer, translated as Stone of Help. And over the years, he has worked as a dedicated and active volunteer with RISE Networks, Registration Officer with The Apostolic Church Lagos Metropolitan Youth Convocation, Clean Up Nigeria Project among others. He worked briefly, but effectively, with HealthGuard Foundation as Programs / Development Manager during which the organization was selected under the Global Fund project to implement the Community Mobilization and Sensitization on Tuberculosis in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos, Nigeria among other successful project.

   As a writer, Ebenezer is well admired and appreciated for his poetic writings and coinages expressed in plain english, making it easy for almost anyone and everyone to read and understand. He is a featured writer and co-editor of the bestselling book titled "Dare To Live Your Passion" written by Alex Akhigbe; Co-editor of "Creating Wealth From Your Talent" by Kenneth R. Imu; and he is also currently editing a new book written by a young author whose name is Michael Bolarinwa. A few collections of the finest poems written by Ebenezer are usually shared on his personal blog (http://gent2smile.blogspot.com) and via other social media platforms.


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