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Spotlight: Angelica O’Donoghue

We thought it appropriate to take a moment to spotlight Wadadli Pen alum, now a National (Antigua and Barbuda) Youth Award winning, publisher/editor (Antigua Chronicle) and senior reporter/editor (Star News Publication in St. Lucia) who has been tapped as Woman of the Week by the Voice (in St. Lucia) – read the full profile here. While we know that her shine is all hers, we do love to celebrate with those who’ve passed through Wadadli Pen along their journey and continue to achieve great things. We’re happy for them like they were family; because they are. Congrats, Angelica.


Readers, if you want to check out her winning story (Roadtrip to Paradise) from the 2006 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge go here and as a bonus check out this poem (Loving the Skin I’m In) that earned honourable mention in 2014.

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By Angelica O’Donoghue

Enjoying this,

Dark Brown’ Black ass; Dark tits – pointed; Solitude.

Nappy hair colored in ways that should never be allowed,

My kinky roots Strong!

Jet black eyes, darkened by hard times,

The hard times of my forefathers; My mammi and how she did wuk long.

My bushy eyebrows all clustered together,

Cause a so dem big ships did cluster us together; Remember?

Never will I arch dem, like how we did arch arwe backs under the physical and mental oppression.

Come let me straighten up,

No not my hair! Leave my nappy roots be.

Come let me straighten my back, embracing this long, slender figure.

tun around mi sister, tun mek dem see. Your broad hips thick thighs, round behind.

Tun up mi broad nose at dem colorless capitalist that called my mammi colored.

And my thick heavy lips, are the same lips that gave you music and culture.

The same lips that started revolutions, spoke out oppression and is now leading America!

Oh I am Loving the Skin I’m in…

My melanin rich Colour

My unique Colour

My blemish free Colour

My one Colour

Black I born, Black I shall die

My Colour.

My Deep rooted Nappy Hair

My versatile Nappy Hair

My kinky roots twisted Nappy Hair

No need to iron or perm,

When I can twist, lock, plait, afro, wear it low, wear it long

My Nappy Hair.

Ambi and Revlon, ya’ll sit back and watch me

Enjoying this…

Dark brown; Black ass; Dark tits – pointed; Solitude.

Cause I am Loving the Skin I’m in.

Angelica Odonoghue

Author’s bio: Angelica O’Donoghue is a 25 yr old Business Owner and a mother. She is also the 2006 winner of Wadadli Pen. She write “I enjoy writing, performing and research. I also hope/ intend to publish my first book (poetry and short story).”

Copyright of the written piece belongs to the author; so, no stealing.

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More (Unnecessary) Wadadli Pen Trivia

I was curious to see which of the winning Wadadli Pen stories were proving to be most popular among visitors to the site. Thankfully, Wadadli Pen spits up info like that routinely. So, here they are, the Wadadli Pen Top 10:

The Legend of Banana Boy by Chatrisse Beazer (2011)

Road Trip to Paradise by Angelica (Ayoka) O’Donoghue (2006)

Sands and Butterflies by Devra Thomas (2011)

The Scary Night by Zuri Holder (2011)

Ma Belle by Kemal Osmel Nicholson (2006)

The Lost Coin by Orique Gordon (2011)

The Curse of the Kumina by Shakeema Edwards (2011)

Stray Dog Prepares for the Storm by Gemma George (2004)

Skin Deep by Shakeema Edwards (2010)

The Village Obeah Woman by Verdanci Benta (2006)


So, that’s the top 10 based on views and clearly 2011 is a popular year. Some years, like 2005, don’t even come close to the top 10… no indication, I assure you, of the quality of the stories. So check ‘em out. And it’s early days yet for 2012, but the winning story Smitten is gaining ground fast, only two spots away from the top 10 of most viewed winning Wadadli Pen stories.

And there you have it, your days’ installment of unnecessary Wadadli Pen trivia. As you were.

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Road Trip to Paradise by Ayoka (Angelica) O’Donoghue

[2006 – Young Explorer Wadadli Youth Pen winner]

 “Cuckoo doodle doo…cuckoo doodle doo…”  
You don’t have to tell me twice, I’ve been waiting for this day for one whole week, seven whole days…and now it’s FINALLY here! I sprung up instantly energized and stretched. For the first time this week I was enjoying the feel of the cool breeze and the warm rays of the rising sun on my body. I ran over to my older brother to wake him.  
“Get up, get up, it’s today. Today’s the day, Dee. Today I get to go on the big road trip that everybody talks about! Yippee!” I all but shouted as I jumped up and down circling him.  
My enthusiasm was thrown back at me as Dee grumbled a snide remark, rolled his eyes and turned his back to me.  
“Awwww, come on Dee! Aren’t you the least bit happy for me?”  
“Just leave me alone Jay…please just leave me alone!”  
“You’re just jealous,” I grumbled as I turned away.  
Dee wasn’t going on the field trip today. Grandpa Joe said he wasn’t coming this time. Dee was disobedient, he wouldn’t eat his supper or take his vitamins, and only the obedient ones who ate their supper and did as they were told were taken on these special trips as a reward. This week, only a few were chosen for this trip and I felt just GREAT that I was among them! “Dee is not going to spoil this day for me, no way. This is going to be the most memorable and happiest day of my life, I just know it!” I grinned to myself as I skipped outside to look for Emm. Emm is my best friend, has been ever since I can remember. We were born just days apart, and we were both really excited about this trip.  
The place was buzzing with excitement when I got outside. Everyone going on the trip was excited, well…most of them were. Those not coming along were whispering amongst themselves. “They all must be so jealous,” I thought to myself. “Soon,” I whispered softly as my eyes searched for Emm, “very soon we’ll be on our way.” I spotted Emm and ran over to meet him.  
“Hey Emm! Ya all set an ready fu go?”  
“How ya mean, Jay. Ya tink a you wan cyan’t wait?”  
We both laughed, jumping up and down, as our excitement soared to yet another level.  
“EVERYBODY IN!” boomed Grandpa Joe’s gruffly voice.  
Emm and I were the first in line, well… I was first and Emm second. We were placed in the back of Grandpa Joe’s old pick-up and at last, the long awaited journey began. The old pick-up grumbled to life and began to move slowly down the old dusty road.  
“KFC! KFC! KFC” I kept saying that over and over in my head just so I wouldn’t forget it… as if I could. I had never been to KFC, but I sure heard a lot about it. That was all we chickens ever spoke about.  
KFC is chicken’s paradise, the land of milkshake and honey mustard. Many have gone before and none have returned. They say once you go Colonel your stay is eternal, but who would want to come back to Joe’s Chicken Farm after you’ve made it past those red and white gates of KFC.  

“I can’t wait to be at KFC”. I smiled again to myself, and as I looked back at Dee, he was grinning.  
“That’s the spirit Dee; you’ll make it to the other side eventually. Just be obedient and do as Grandpa Joe says. Eat your meals, take your vitamins, go to bed on time and one day you’ll join me on the other side. Till we ‘meat’ again my brother, till we ‘meat’ again.”  
To be continued…


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