Lungelo Mpatho


African renaissance! African renaissance?


We do not need a renaissance
They needed a renaissance
Because they were in darkness
Back to our roots Africa must go
Fanti, the constitution makers
Zulu, the nation builders…
All sons and daughters, kings and queens

You are the center of creation
Mother to modern civilization
You need to know your history
You need to rediscover yourselves
The truth stolen from you
Is the truth, that makes you rule

See how they called you Black
O! Dark Continent!
Because they sat in BLACKNESS
In their Dark Ages
Waiting for the Light
To rise up from the East
We do not want charity…

We know who we are
How we got to where we are
Human-trades, slave-trades, exploitation!
It is no mystery, this our history-
UBUNTU, our philosophy!
AMANDLA, our peoples’ power!

We know who we are
How we got to where we are
From where we come
To where we are going
We are the survivors
In a place where life’s a struggle
O, Yea! We struggle continually!

Submitted: Monday, February 04, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, February 06, 2008

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Comments about this poem (African renaissance! African renaissance? by Lungelo Mpatho )

  • Rookie Onesimo Odwa Mabovula (8/16/2008 5:52:00 PM)

    damn man thats a writing right there... economically speaking hans.... the new currency ideology will not really work.. that easily.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 27 Points Erhard Hans Josef Lang (7/6/2008 12:33:00 AM)

    Maybe Africa should start with the abolishment of money by replacing today's monetary economic system by a new panvoluntaristic one, and it would regain its one-time glory in full, and thereby eventually even outbeat all other continents! ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nkululeko Mdudu (5/28/2008 8:52:00 AM)

    Amazingly sintilating piece, I just wish our president would recognise the message and make the call to Unite with power in the spirit of Ubuntu! Excellent write, African Pride, African Africanness. (Report) Reply

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