Business Will Never Kill The Child 

Written by Odimegwu Onwumere 

Beating a child

is not the abuse,

but the abuse

is the mind

used in beating

the child.


Sending a child to hawk

is not the abuse,

but the abuse

is in the mind

used in sending

the child

to hawk.


If beating a child

and sending him to hawk

is abusing the child,

is sending a child to school,

at the early age,

perhaps against his wish,

not an abuse?


Most things

man has learnt

on the glebe

started before eighteen,

not when he is eighteen.




What is the abuse is:

not disciplining the child

when he wrongs,

not allowing him learn anything

because he is ‘underage’

and allowing him live his ‘life’,

not the universal life?


Work will never kill a child,

but laziness will.

And that is the heartbeat! 


Letter to a Child 

Written by Odimegwu Onwumere 

My dear,

needless of asking, “How do you feel?”

Because, I already know how you feel.


You feel, and it is true,

that you have a voice,

but can’t speak;

and not that you can’t speak,

but your comments

are not regarded,

and are taken as puerile,

or an insult to your elders.


However, this shouldn’t deter you.

Rather, it should make you strong.

Because, tomorrow is for people like you.

So, save yourself, save posterity.


Save yourself

by never

indulging in crime,

for its end is cruel.

Never lose hope,

for tomorrow

is too bright for you

as a bright child

like the brightness

of the star.


Mind you!



are all victims

of one abuse or another

by the members

of our families,

but our world

yet never ended.



any sadistic mind

or cruel mind

or confused mind

or bitter mind

or complex mind

from your mind and thought

occasioned by your abuser

for his days

were of wars and warring.


Now that you experience these cruelties,

you must exhibit love,

not limited to those you know,

but to all the world’s people

and never think of how

you can sort out the feelings

to love again.


Feelings that result from abuse

should be obscured forever

and never should it be exhumed again

but it is necessary to share the pains,

but not in retaliation.


Hope you heard me?


This is a speech delivered by Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Author and Media Consultant, the Founder of  Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on 26th May, 2010, in marking of the year’s Children’s Day ( May 27 every year). Contact: +2348032552855. Email: