The young Burundian writer Eliseus Bamporineza published a second poetry book

With an illiterate single mother Eliseus Bamporineza, fell in love with poetry. He has just published a second poetry book. It is a collection of poems which deliver a message of comfort, hope, courage, and determination to those who love each other amid tribulations of this world or are rejected by their communities because their way of love challenges the status quo. In a country kissing or cuddling your lover in a public makes people raise their brows because it is seen as a public offense, his writings voice a call for awareness and a revolt to do away with societal standards that enslave and prevent people from freely expressing their feelings and emotions.

Nonetheless, Eliseus was not breastfed love for literature. He recalls his harsh childhood as he sets to launch his erotic poetry book “All about Me and Her” as a testimony on a kind of love and romance he never saw her parents do.

The writer Eliseus Bamporineza. ARR

His mother who never set her foot in class due to her family’s inability to afford her education survived the 1994 Rwanda genocide after having crossed the border to Burundi in search of refuge. It is in Burundi she eventually met her partner – a nurse by training who could not afford medical studies due to financial limitations. After Eliseus’ birth, storms hit this union.

The father became reckless and eventually left his mother on cheating accounts.

Despite this calvary his family was climbing, Eliseus emerged as a brilliant student at early age. This smartness led another family to adopting him as one of their own.Top of class at his high school “Petit Séminaire Saint Pie X Muyinga”, Eliseus stood out in natural sciences and literature. He read books and found a particular interest in poetry. He wrote a couple of poems and performed them at different events and contests.

The writer Eliseus Bamporineza. ARR

Eliseus participated in numerous literary competitions and won a couple of them notably the 2014 edition of the East African Students Essay Writing competition, his essay ranked fourth, 2015 national play writing competition for high schoolers, his play ranked first. Concluding his high school studies, Eliseus emerged as one of the top students in the National Exam. He ranked third in the National Exam for entry in the medical field of studies at university in 2018 but decided to switch to his passion in International Affairs. In February 2022, his AU-EU Essay (The AU-EU Partnership that Reaches the Underprivileged African) got selected as one of the top contributions ahead of the AU-EU Summit 2022.

The writer Eliseus Bamporineza. ARR

“I used to read under a candlelight and sleep on a hey. While other mothers guide their kids on how to do their homework, I was the one to teach my mom how to read and write her names. Although she didn’t understand what being the first of the class meant, she was always proud that I was the top student. Sometimes I missed lunch and dinner not because there was no one to cook, but because there was nothing to prepare.” 

The writer Eliseus Bamporineza. ARR

It’s worth mentioning that Eliseus is a Tujenge Africa Foundation (TAF) alumnus and African Leadership Academy-Mastercard Foundation (ALA – MCF) scholar, and one of the beneficiaries of the Aspire Leaders Institute founded at Harvard University for the first-in-family to attend university.