BY Chime Hilary Uchenna
(to africans in diaspora)

africa here i come, africa
africa of the black soul
the soul of an ancient culture
the culture of your timid tribes.

its your voice i hear africa
your voice of the talking drums
your beaded drums and the royal trumpeter
the metal gong of your town crier

i have come to see your music dance
i have heard of your ageless minstrels
have i not heard of your swinging hips!
i have heard enough and have come to watch
wouldn’t you dance for me africa

africa here i come africa
would you not show me to your tribes
the timid tribes of your sweetened tongues
the varied tongues of your virtuous men

africa, black soul africa
tell me about your gods
your gods of the sky and of the mother earth
your gods of the hills and of the rivers abound

show me to your kings africa
your kings of the ancient dynasty
the ancient dynasty of rusted spear and shield
africa, here i come africa

~ * ~ * ~ * ~
Now it’s your turn Africa
By Akhtar Jawad
Everyone has touched the apex of time,
I see with joy climax of time,
The clock struck all parts of the planet,
Now I listen to the drums and clarinet,
The clock slowly moves but it moves,
Nature is just and honest in grooves,
You remained a victim of worst imperialism,
Exploitation and injustice of ugly colonialism,
Slowly but surely the needle is moving,
The divine weaver is busy in weaving,
A lovely and colorful dress for you,
A happy prosperous redress for you,
You will forget your entire past grievance,
I salute to your nice and great tolerance,
Make preparations for your rimes Africa,
Ahead of you lovely times Africa!
Wish you good luck for the morning bell,
Now it’s your turn Africa that I smell.

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