AFRICANAH

When I was born It should have been in Eurasia, way into the belly of China To see It’s walls that I hear stretches as far as eyes can see Even Chinese calligraphy too interests me But it was my birth and my choice So I choose Africa Here there are bricks and Sun enough… Continue reading AFRICANAH

BUILDERS OF THE WORLD

For the world, unwillingly Africa toiled, not sparingly Like locusts in a leafy field Africans worked without sunshield The nations of progress Are the showcases of African process At heart is success Away from thought is ‘to mess’ Look at the Super Power They could have been lower Were it not for the African back… Continue reading BUILDERS OF THE WORLD

SLAVERY

Born in the theatre of natural plenty Breast-fed and mid-wifed by capitalist selfishness A colonial and exploitative social formation We were told to close our eyes for prayers And all we had were carted away They said we were a dark continent That we had no history That we were from the lineage of apes… Continue reading SLAVERY

SHACKLES

If you were still in shackles Of the old era of slavery With whips and rods Drawing map, leading more into slavery On your brutalized, battered, burnt, black back Would you ever have a moment of joy Than a hopeless flash of freedom In your worrisome dream? Slave! So you would be called With shackles… Continue reading SHACKLES

THE NOTE ‘MI’ (a political lament) by Oku-ola Abiola Paul

The note mi Brought out the song in me: A song of freedom For the sons of the kingdom Who live as slaves in their territory, And as refugees in their country! The note mi Brought out the song in me: A song of warning For the leader who is ruling, Who promised to make… Continue reading THE NOTE ‘MI’ (a political lament) by Oku-ola Abiola Paul