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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Renowned poet and author Maya Angelou dies at 86

One of America's most famous and inspiring poets and writers, Maya Angelou, has died. She died last night with her family by her side in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from an illness.

The famed author was to be honored this Friday with the Beacon of Life Award at Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game when she fell ill and had to cancel.

Angelou has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. She published 7 autobiographies, 3 books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou famously wrote
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

89 comments:

Ammie said...

RIP

Alloy Chikezie said...

May her soul rest in peace


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Anonymous said...

Loool linda na today I remove cap for u. I just saw dis news 5mins ago n I come here u've posted it already. Lol u take ur job serious am inspired. RIP Maya Angelou...

Tolulope Onyeacholam said...

Dear Linda, Could you change the font color of the header titles of your blog. Having font color white with a white based background isn't user friendly you know.

PS: May God grant her soul Peace. Amen

Anonymous said...

RIP Maya. We pray great people with great achievements like you will live longer than you did.


CoolDiva speaks!

Ijjoy said...

Chei, chei such a huge lose. Rest in Peace Maya Angelou, we will miss u.

Anonymous said...

RIP Maya Angelou..
Wonder why we really don't have folks of such class in Nigeria..

@edDREAMZ said...

She is really an achiever, may her soul R.I.P...
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

APPLE said...

R.I.P

Yinotinto Juliet said...

RIP MAMA

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

What if life is a dream and death wakes us up? RIP Maya Angelou. What a great woman she was. Any lover of literary works would reverence her.

Chop Chop said...

Wao, may her soul RIP.

Anonymous said...

Another star has fallen! I'm sure she left fulfilled! One of world's finest poet.RIP Maya.

wilheminna moses said...

RIP

Angie Cape said...

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou.

Hmm... RIP ma'am!; a rare gem.

*My R1.50c comment *

Anonymous said...

Oh Maya, may ur humanitarian soul rest in perfect peace. U were an inspiration. Now I know y d caged bird sing. Fare thee well.

Anonymous said...

may her soul rest in perfect peace..love her role in the movie by tyler perry "madea family reunion"

PRETTYSILVIA said...

Oh. I will miss her.she really was a force to reckon with.rest in peace maya.......

Dr Fred said...

May her soul rest in peace.

mamaego. said...

May her soul rest in peace.she was a great poet.

Anonymous said...

May her soul rest in peace. Amen

Cynhams Cakes, Abuja said...

May her soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

My number one poet i will respect you even in death, your writings live on this is what i call "on the sands of time"

Anonymous said...

She was oprah's mentor rip

Anonymous said...

Amen!....CHUMA

ukwumaka theophilus said...

Rest in peace ma'am. I Can still remember your role in Madea family reunion.

Anonymous said...

Rip ma, I can't still remember the poem she read @ Vanessa's wedding #Madea Family Reunion.

mary alao said...

May her lovely soul rest in perfect peace.

Candyfloss said...

Awwww. May she RIP.

Anonymous said...

"Let the brain go to work,let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive" RIP Dr.Maya.

Anonymous said...

Oh my darling Maya, may your soul rest in perfect peace amen

kenneth Owo said...

R.I.P www.cludz.tk

fase oluwafunmilayo said...

May her soul RIP...

motunrayo olaide said...

RIP to her

Anonymous said...

"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them." -- Maya Angelou RIP!!!

Anonymous said...

May her soul rest in perfect peace,will really miss you.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Maya.

Anonymous said...

RIP..most pple here be acting like they knew her b4 linda put up dis post.....................#King

Anonymous said...

Really sad it made me rememba dat episode on "The boondocks"buh she lived 2 a full age "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option" -Maya Angelou RIP Maam

Anonymous said...

"I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.'

Rest in peace Maya.

Uloma said...

Rest in peace Ma! Sure u lived a good life! I pray it was good enough in d sight of God...

Ada said...

Rest in peace dear Maya.

Anonymous said...

RIP Maya, a role model indeed!
~D great anonymous!

Anonymous said...

RIP Madam

Anonymous said...

Rip

Adebola said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

Family Reunion #wat a speech in dat movie# RIP


Mrs Davido

Apinex said...

Great poet,rest in perfect peace.

Daniel Sarki said...

R.I.P

Deedee said...

A beautiful rose that lived out its full blossom and left us with an everlasting fragrance. Rest in peace Maya!

Osarhiemen Agbonkonkon said...

May God rest her soul,Amen.

Opelicious Morgann said...

OMG I truly adored her poetry. So sad. May her soul rest in peace.

BOOTYLICIOUS said...

oh Maya .she lived the life and fought against racism .thank God she lived to see a black man become president. I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now-Maya Angelou......

Anonymous said...

" i rise" r.i.p maya you will be missed. i read your first book "I know why the cage birds sing" when i was in the 9th grade. Bravo!!!

Amarachukwu. said...

RIP mama...what a loss.

Adesuwa said...

A Phenomenal woman... sad

joy Egbunu said...

RIP Ma,am!

Anonymous said...

One of the very best just departed.may she find eternal rest IJN.A great and proud inspiration to all African women.R.I.P Maya

hilary obiorah said...

May she rest

SULT said...

Maya Angelou - always in our hearts. A great icon

Debbie Chelsea said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

Maya Angelou, a woman larger than her time has taken a bow from the life stage. May her beautiful soul rest well. Amen.

Unknown said...

Phenomenal woman! She was AMAZING!!

Unknown said...

Phenomenal Woman!! She was AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

valerie komolafe said...


The sun has come
the mists have gone
we see in the distance
our long way home

I was always yours to have
you were always mine
we have loved each other
in and out of time

When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I have always loved you more

You freed your braids
gave your hair to the breeze
it hung like a hive of honey bees

I reached in the mass
for the sweet honeycomb there
Hah
God how I loved your hair

You saw me bludgened by circumstance
lost, injured, hurt by chance

I screamed to the Heavens
loudly screamed
trying to change our nightmares
into dreams

The sun has come
the mists have gone
we see in the distance
our long way home

I was yours to have
and you were always mine
we loved each other
in and out, in and out, in and out of time!
RIP Maya Angelou

Anonymous said...

Phenomenal woman.

Vivian ikieke said...

RIP Maya. Mama

JOY said...

This was the only famous person i ever wanted to meet in my life and now she's gone. RIP Ms. Maya you have inspired me beyond comprehension.

Shoutozone said...

Ehya... May her soul RIP

Anonymous said...

Wakeup we do u just don't know dem cuz u don't read books and u aint vast ur comment is BS

Angel Judith said...

RIP to a great poet, ur legacies lives on. You made me feel good through ur poems. Adieu!!!

Smith Raphael said...

Men!!!!!!!!! I love this lady like die. RIP Ma. You were a grt influence to me. THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Mayou...Still I Rise and Phenomenal Woman..my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Wole Soyinka, Late Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie to mention a few! RIP Ma'am Maya Angelou

Anonymous said...

The Exit of an Icon.. Maya lives on...RIP

uchechukwu adiele said...

a sad loss. Great woman indeed

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace to a very great icon, a great poet and a very phenomenal woman.... One of the greatest poets of our time, "And still I rise", rest in everlasting peace Maya Angelou!!whizman

Obilo Collins said...

RIP Maya #Proud of your effort


>VIA TECNO B3

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, dear legend

Me said...

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” - Maya Angelou

Mischievous said...

Phenomenal Woman.

Rest In Peace.

Anonymous said...

I lov u Maya. U made mi read English. Nigerians she ddnt marry oo. All u husband cravers!!! Rip

Mischievous said...

Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

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 back yard.

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.

Very inspirational. Through you, I got to know 'why caged birds sing'.

Anonymous said...

Really thought provoking

Anonymous said...

FYI Maya Angelou was a very famous poet and writer and was an inspiration to many of us that have read her books and peoms.If this is the first time you are hearing the name that's your problem you don't have to expose your ignorance to the world. I first read "I know why the Caged Bird sings"way back in 1994. So dear she is well known and loved by many people. RIP Maya Angelou, YOU came, YOU saw and YOU conquered.

Rita Usman said...

RIP maya

ugoan said...

she is a true inspiration to every one left to mourn her..includn me. maya will neva forgt how ur words made me feel

Anonymous said...

I was privileged to meet her at some literary events in the UK some twenty years ago. Captivating personality. She was a titan, a global phenomenon. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

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