Posted: July 9, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


9th JULY a day worth 184 years of bitter struggling is the day that our great fathers

And mothers dreamed of and paid a heavy price for.

Today the 9th July

The nation was born!

I salute

The pre-colonial resistances under the guidance of Southern tribal chiefs (1827-1898)

I salute

The colonial resistances of (1898-1946) under notable Kings, Chiefs and leaders; Ngundeng Bong, Gbudwe Basingbi, Akwai, Guek Ngundeng, Mayen Mathieng, Awuou Kon, Dhieu Allam, Bol Yor and Kon Anok.

I salute

The (1944-1954) political organizations by Southern leaders and chiefs: Cir Rehan, Gir Kiro, Okuma Bazin, Lolik Lodu, Lopwanya, Tete, Lueth Ajak, Clement Mboro, Gordon Apech Ayom, Stanislaus Abdalla Paysama, Benjamin Lwoki, Paul Logale, Abdel Rahman Sule, Buth Diu, Joshua Malual, Fahal Ukanda, Andrea Faragallah, Lino Tombe, Bullen Alier, Rendento Ondzi, veterans and martyrs.

I salute

The Torit Mutiny of 1955 ignited and supported by Renaldo Loleya, Emilio Tafeng, Saturnino Oboya, Ali Gbatala, Albino Tombe, Madut Chan, Modi Aba, veterans and martyrs.

I salute

The Anya Nya movement (1957-1963) notable faces: King Omiluk Ohide, Okiya Latoda, Joseph Lagu Yanga, Joseph Oduho Howaru, Father Saturnino Lohure, Paterno Athari, Goerge Kwainai Akumbek, George Lomoro Muras, Panrasio Ocheng, Sererino Fuli Boki, Samuel Abu John, veterans and martyrs.

I salute

All the chief killed (1947-1968) without forgetting Paramount Chief Ajang Duot Bior who was killed in 1967 together with 27 chiefs of his court among them chief Bul Khoc who stepped into the flames of burning fire as a testimonial for just and ownership.

I salute

Southern leaders (1963-1972): William Deng Nhial, Father Saturnino Lohure, Joseph Oduho Howaru, Aggrey Jaden Lado, Marko Rume, Joseph Lagu Yanga, Abel Alier, Samuel Abu John, Samuel Aru Bol, Natale Olwak Akolawin, Ezboni Mundiri, Joseph James Tombura and their Cabinets.

Great attention to 1965 Khartoum Round Table Conference spearheaded by SANU in Exile led by Aggrey Jaden, SANU inside led by William Deng Nhial, Southern Front Party led by Gordon Muortat Mayen and all the Southern leaders who participated.

I salute

Southern Sudan Liberation Movement (SSLM) led by Joseph Lagu and Southern Autonomous region’s High Executive Council led by: Abel Alier, Joseph Lagu, Peter Gatkuoth, Joseph Tombura, Gismallah Rassas and their entire Cabinets.

I salute

The SPLM/A of (1983-2005) under the leadership of Dr. John Garang de Mabior and his Comrades Kerbino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, Salva Kiir Mayardit, Nyacigak Nyachiluk, Arok Thon Arok, Joseph Oduho, Martin Majier Gai, Francis Ngor Makiech, Stephen Madut Baak, all the Commanders, Jesh chaap, Jesh Ahmer and Churches acknowledged.

Special heartfelt salutes to the war martyrs, widows, orphans, widowers and disable; the Heroes and Heroines of the 21 years.

I salute

The 9 Jan 2005 the great day when CPA was signed in Kenya Granting us an open space to decide:


I remember!

That fateful evening of 30 July 2005,

The day we lost our dear and great leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior

Under mysterious helicopter crash; I salute all the liberations martyrs on that day.

I salute

The joyous day 9th Jan of 2011; our referendum day,

It was here that we decided the today DAY.

Hurrah to the people of South Sudan for the DECISION;


I salute

The 9th July, this is the day that made sons and daughters of this land gave up their souls and self dignities since 1827 to 8th July of 2011

On 9th July the Nation was born….



Today is our day

History is real:

Thank to those who have taken their time to put down part of our history:

Abel Alier, Arop Madut-Arop, Atem Yaak Atem, Alfred Taban, Douglas H. Johnson, Evans-Pritchard, Francis Mading Deng, Joseph Lagu Yanga, James Wani Igga, Jacob J. Akol, Khalid Mansour, Larco Lomayat, Mohamed Omer, Scholars, Elders and Artists saluted.


Awuol Gabriel Arok, a Writer and a Poet, has a Bachelor Degree in Social and Developmental Studies from the University of Juba, South Sudan, he is a Columnist with The Dawn Newspaper under column “The Motivation Bell”.  He is the author of unpublished book titled ‘‘The Wisdom Horn’’ , he contributes to Websites and Social Media platforms  on Issues concerning Social, Economic and Politic s and through his peaceful and developmental campaigns such as ‘‘Your Tribe is My Tribe’’, ‘‘Giving Heart Foundation’’, “Wisdom Testament”, “Classic Leadership Forum”, “Grace the Women Foundation”, “PeaceNet Initiative” and “Award for Development”. He can be reached via his email Address: jjmkamzeearokson@yahoo.com 

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  1. Machiek Machiek Akuocpiir says:

    Good afternoon, Panluelwel Media Admins.

    My name is Machiek Machiek.

    Please, I would like to know how I can be adding poems in the poetry section under education category.

    I would really like to be sharing with you and the readers of this blog.

    On Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 11:17 PM PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd – South Sudan wrote:

    > Awuol Gabriel Arok posted: “By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan 9th > JULY a day worth 184 years of bitter struggling is the day that our great > fathers And mothers dreamed of and paid a heavy price for. Today the 9th > July The nation was born! I salute The pre-colonial resistances” >


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