Cue the scenes of sorrow

War, famine and disease

Dying, poor, and dirt

Dilapidated shacks, burden


Cue the “African” music

The sunshine and singing

Children with big smiles

Mixed with sad eyed faces

Clapping and dancing


Cue the plea for money

Any amount will help

Five dollars goes far

Please, send something

Staring eyes fill the screen




Nigeria’s literary and music masters

Achebe, Soyinka, Okri and Adichie

Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade

Afro-beat and ju-ju


Advanced civilizations

And influential empires

Lalibela, Gondar and Axum 

The Great Zimbabwe




When we see all of Africa

We will see ourselves

More completely and

Not see victims but

Human beings, living 

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