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“Write me down but still I’ll rise”-Charlotte Osei breaks silence

Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, is borrowing the literary voice of renowned African American poet Maya Angelou, through her poem ‘I Rise’, to communicate her resilience and steadfastness in the face adversity.

Mrs Osei was recently removed from office by President Nana Akufo-Addo along with her two deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah.

The president will soon announcement their replacement.

Ahead of that announcement, the former EC Chair took to Instagram to showcase her stoicism.

Read the full poem below

  • You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
    Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise. ©️maya angelou

    Source: otecfmghana.com

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