THE GARDEN CITY – CHARLENE CHIAMAKA CHIKEZIE

THE GARDEN CITY

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THE GARDEN CITY – CHARLENE CHIAMAKA CHIKEZIE

In 1913, a great city was born

Out of the heart of the southern Nigeria- Rivers State

Initially for the sole purpose of coal exportation

Gradually and ever so consistently, they blossomed

In diverse directions; they sprouted

Waxing stronger; industrially and commercially

Exalting the nation; financially and culturally

Augmenting our revenue drastically

Impervious to economical deterioration 1,947,000 people in habitation, yet unity in maximization

 

I sing of Port Harcourt, the garden city!

A wonderful place; intricately carved from creation

Luxuriating in hospitality and production

Like a plantation in full bloom; they flourished

Like a woman in her prime, they boomed

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Amidst the massive benefit of the oil- minerals

They throve in development of other resources

With fishes, great vegetation, oil and a tropical monsoon climate

As their natural endowments

They stand tall in excellence

 

The Garden city; a centre of tourism

Playing host to magnificent seaports and airport

Enhancing sports and physical fitness with two stadia

Boosting productivity with two standard refineries;

Expanding the nation‟s horizons

 

In their un-daunting quest for knowledge

They sought to produce and educationally refine individuals

From their “state of the arts” primary, secondary and tertiary institutions

From far and near, people stride in

To tap from the “Garden city” awesomeness

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Fishers‟ a-fishing

Traders‟ a-trading

Oil drillers‟ a-drilling

Land tillers‟ a-tilling,

In “The Garden city” of Rivers State.

 

Charlene Chiamaka Chikezie,

 

Charlene Chiamaka Chikezie, is a Science Laboratory Technology student of the Federal  Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri. She developed a passion for writing right from her primary school days. Her hobbies include:  Singing, listening to music and playing basketball.

Poet’s Note:    This poem “The Garden City” outlines the eminent and phenomenal features of Port Harcourt city in a poetic sense of reality with the intent of stirring unceasing interest in readers as they begin to discover peculiar qualities of the city which they never realized was there.  

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