World Poetry Proudly Presents Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido from Nigeria and Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry would like to give a warm welcome to Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido, a wonderful  performance poet who will be featured on the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Please read her poem ‘Peace in Her Piece of The World’

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Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido is an international Performance Poet, Speaker and Master-Certified Leadership Trainer & Coach. She is the author of the upcoming books “UN-Locking Your HeART of Leadership” and ‘Today, I will not bow”. Her portfolio of poems has been featured across different media platforms and performed live in Canada, USA and in several African countries. Two of her poems were recently selected by Danish Publisher L&R Uddannelse to be included in a new educational book Africa Unfold by author Anne Hess Thaysen.

Nicknamed a ‘reminderist’, and a self-described life-connoisseur, her message is simply: “To use the power of written-spoken-sung WORDS to connect, heal, empower, change and transform our inner and outer worlds. Words have power in the meaning and interpretation we choose to give them and all of life is synchronistic poetry in motion!”

Juliet was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria; she immigrated to Canada about a decade ago and currently splits her time between her birth and adopted homelands. Juliet spent many successful years in the corporate world in different diverse roles and fields: Engineering, Financial Services, International Business and Sales.

In 2010, she co-founded the Whole Woman Network, an Empowerment and Leadership Social Enterprise focused on world-class and integrated leadership coaching, training and consulting for African women, at home and in the diaspora. The goal is improving the overall well being of women, by educating, engaging and empowering them to become leaders and organic catalysts of transformation for themselves, their families and communities.

She is also the strategist and visionary of the F.L.O.W initiative: Financial Literacy for Women, a global financial coaching & leadership platform, for women and youth, particularly in developing and under-served communities.

Juliet simply loves life and the whole human experience! She’s a huge proponent of work-life integration and artistically crafts her roles as wife, mother of five, community builder and businesswoman.  

Her other passions include: Traveling, Fund-Raising, Belly Dancing, Volunteering, Coaching & Mentoring, Angel Investing, Writing, Exploring World Music-Cinema-Literature-Cultures.

She shares her portfolio of poems on her poetry blog: (, her reflective posts on her Facebook page: ( and blog: (

Follow her on Twitter: @wholewomaninc (professional), @julietumeinc (personal) and on LinkedIn:


Poem: ‘Peace in Her Piece of The World’ by Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

She tried valiantly to say a heartfelt prayer and sing a song
To utter the words you seek, for unity, harmony and world peace
And yet the only lyrics that escaped her dry, parched tongue
Was a silent, solemn and selfish cry that her hellish life will cease
That she may not awake to the wails of a mother’s weeping today
As she holds a malnourished, lifeless child, at a breast bereft of milk
That she may not behold the anguished face of a father, who’s on his way
To sell off his daughter for some bags of wheat, grain and fine silk
Yes, peace in her world is but a very small and fragile thing indeed
That she wakes up tomorrow in dignity and not sunk in deep despair
Afraid that the soldier who raped her yesterday also left behind his seed
Peace to her is a flicker of light, a lonely, small yet mighty bud of hope
That the world does not look away in apathy or pity but with care
That someday, she may sleep to the sounds of music and soft voices
Far away from the endless wars, bullets, grenades and harsh voices
These are her words and you’ve allowed her say her piece
And in listening to her, you’ve gifted her world with peace.

(c) ‘Kego Onyido 2014 (All rights reserved).



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World Poetry Proudly Presents Sherry Duggal from Canada!


Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jaz Gill welcomed the talented poet Sherry Duggal in a radio launch of her new book which will be launched in India in November. Please contribute to her trip and get some great perks!

We also had a fundraiser for our show : please go to and become a member and  put in the name of the World Poetry Café as your favorite show.  Supper tech Israel Mota with special Halloween sound effects and tech trainee Ali, topped off the evening. CLICK HERE for the show.


SHERRY DUGGAL is a naturopathic doctor who is now focusing on her creative side. She has written for prominent magazines such as Darpan Magazine and the Canadian Immigrant Magazine, a branch of the Toronto Star. Her other works are performance oriented. Sherry presented her comedy play “Love Therapy” at the Masala Mehndi Masti! festival, the biggest South Asian Festival in North America.

One of eight featured writers, her one woman act “Epiphany” was presented as part of the Pull Festival in Vancouver, B.C. She also presented her play “Eve: A Balancing Act” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has also recently performed in New Delhi, India. Sherry was the lead in a feature film called “Plus” and has worked on a number of short films and music videos, while training at various acting studios in Vancouver, B.C.

She has been featured on numerous radio stations such as RJ 1200, Red FM and has been interviewed for TV shows such as Hamaara Andaaz, Waqt 4U and EveRiathing. She also received the 2014 Empowered Poet Award recently at the World Poetry Canada and International Peace Festival. Sherry Duggal will releasing her first book “Beneath the Surface” through Leadstart Publishing in Mumbai, Maharashtra in November and will also be doing a local launch in Vancouver, B.C.Her book combines her passion of the written word with her knowledge of mind/ body medicine. 

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World Poetry Proudly Presents guests from Japan, Afghanistan and Gambia!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show had a wonderful intercultural show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras , super  tech Israel Mota and guest, Yoshifumi Sakura, World Poetry Musical Ambassador to Japan. He has never missed a World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival! He was here for the opening on October 19th and returned to Japan today. He also brought the World Poetry Official Theme Song, Circle of Blue  that he composed and was recorded in a concert hall in Japan. Since we have so many countries involved in World Poetry, we felt that it was important to have a official song that represented the earth. So many great comments about the song have been coming in. I will post them soon .  Again thanks to Frederico Gordo for translating for Yoshifuma once again.

Also we were honoured with a visit to the studio by the producer of the film  Unknown  being shown on Saturday. Sayad Ali Mousavi “Azad” who was able to talk about the challenges in making films and some good statements to make. He is knowledgeable about radio programs also and we hope to have him come back on.

Finally, the incomparable Mutiu Olawuyi, World Poetry Cultural Ambassador to Gambia and guiding light for peace, woman’s rights  and the cultivating of young talent phoned in from Gambia. An interesting conversation between Ali and Mutiu occurred when Ali asked Mutiu about peace in Gambia.

 Due to so many guests waiting to come on, we have to have two to three guests per show if possible.

To hear this amazing show:  CLICK HERE!

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Ali, Ariadne Yoshifuma and Fred. Anita and Israel were in the control room and Mutiu was on the phone.



Last event of the festival! Peace thanks you.

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World Poetry Proudly Proudly Presents Award Winner Yoshifumi Sakura!


The  Fourth World Poetry Canada International Festival Welcomes :
World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura from Japan .

He will be presenting his theme song Circle Of Blue  to the World Poetry Gala, October 19th at the SFU Harbour centre downtown, room 7000. Seating is limited so reserve a space.

Because we have participants form all over the world, it is important that we have a theme song that represents the world coming together in peace. We are grateful to the composer Yoshifumi for bringing us all together through music and peace.

We are delighted to welcome him back for our fourth festival. He will also be on the World Poetry Café Radio show on October 21 at 9 pm. 100.5 FM

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Three Award Winning Filmmakers from VAFF!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech, Israel Mota welcome two of the three award winning films, sponsored by our great partner  Vancouver Asian Film festival to be shown on October 25th at the World Poetry Canada International Film and Human Rights Festival 10:30-10:30 pm  at our wonderful partner, the UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street, in Vancouver. To Listen CLICK HERE!


A fascinating conversation about the making of films, challenges and hope and plans for the future ensued with the talented filmmakers Theo Kim and Vulcan Siu . Also in the group was Grace Chin, Festival Director who spoke about the VAFF exciting upcoming festival and Regina. Also featured was Professor Bodhirupa Sinha from India who is doing a seminar in Vancouver on Tagore and education. She read a lovely poem that embodied  the philosophy of Tagore both for learning and women’s rights.

VAFF films to be shown at the the World Poetry Canada Peace and Human Rights Festival at 5:00 pm:

VAFF Three Short Films

Stick with You | Director/Writer, Vulcan Siu | Producer, Felix Chow & Vincent Tai After a heavy drinking party, a college student, Ian, decides to drive back to the dorm – with unforeseen consequences.

#YELLOWMAN | Director, Theo Kim | Producer, Phil Planta #YELLOWMAN is a superhero comedy about a brilliant scientist, who, after a life changing antimatter experiment, wants to make the world a better place by becoming the world’s first superhero. This becomes increasingly difficult because of power, money and instant fame from over exposure via social media.

Contaminant | Director, Kevin Justin Ang | Producer, Phil Plant

The story of two people discovering a town where a scientific experiment has gone horribly wrong.

 *The above films are part of a 24 hour video feed and display at the Irving Barber Learning Centre at UBC until October 27th.

Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance for Q & A.

Come to the free film festival!

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