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

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Like a woman in her prime, they boomed

 

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

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From far and near, people stride in

To tap from the “Garden city” awesomeness

 

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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