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“I gain inspiration from my parents”

-Says Salone Youngest Poet

August 30, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma


The youngest poet ever in the history of Sierra Leone, Victoria Kanu, has in an exclusive interview with Concord Times disclosed that she gained inspiration  from her parents to do poetry.

 “My father and mother inspired me a lot as they sometimes help me with writing,” she said, adding that she also gained inspiration from the school she first attended as they were offering poetry in the said school.

Victoria Kanu is an 8 year old poet attending the Becklyn Nursery and Preparatory School. She is in class five.

The young poet has earned herself a lot of respect and recognition, both locally and internationally, after she thrilled the country with an elegiac poem for the flood and mudslide victims.

Owing to her ingenious disposition, Victoria Kanu has met with important personalities, including President Ernest Bai Koroma, who confessed his profound admiration for the eight year’s old little girl.

“I have recited  one of my poems titled “The re-awakening of our darling Leone Star” in front of President Ernest Bai Koroma and other dignitaries  at the Atlantic Hall, Staduim Hostel in Freetown,” miss Kanu said.

At her tender age, Victoria had written over fifty poems with the help of her parents.

“It is not really easy for me to engage in poetry and do my studies, but I have managed my time first after school by doing my assignment before jumping into writing and studying my poems.”

“My friends and colleagues at school do admire me a lot and they are happy for me.I feel very happy when I perform poetry,” she said.

Alim Kanu, father of Victoria Kanu, told Concord Times that while her daughter was at age six (6), “I received a message from school that Victoria knows how to put sentences together, reads and memorises a lot.”

“Since then, I have seen an innate passion in her for education and poetry, as she was overwhelmed with it all through her early preparatory school. Her talent is from God. Victoria has the talent to write and perform live most of her poems,” he said.

According to him, it was very challenging for them as parents when the kid started showing interest in poetry.

However, Mr. Kanu observed that, talent without promotion could be of no use, stating that her daughter needed to be empowered to do more in her career.

She noted that other countries around the world like South Africa, among several others, were celebrating and giving support to their young poets.

He appealed for support from Sierra Leoneans to help Victoria for her to become Sierra Leone’s ambassador to inspire young minds in the country and the World at large.

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