Dela Bobobee

Rookie - 13 Points (Aveyime-Battor, Volta Region, Ghana)

And Her New Name Is... - Poem by Dela Bobobee

Oh! I see a very chaste maiden
risen from the dust of obscurity
to the very height of prominence
and taken her rightful place with glee
amidst love songs and tears of joy

who is this peerless virgin?
defiled yet still remains untainted
pillaged yet still remains bountiful
sucked dry yet flowing with milk
bled to death yet unconquered
made childless yet still fertile
ridiculed but remains unabashed
threatened yet remains unafraid
envied and wooed yet not flattered
trampled yet still waxing strong
Eurocentric by force but is afrocentric
darkened by society but still shines
ruthlessly made hopeless yet hopeful
mortally wronged yet full of pardon
rejected, scorned yet accommodating
cursed yet stubbornly remains blessed?

her old name is Africa the brave
Africa the new world united giant
Africa the dark but bright continent

and her new name is ….Nkoyeni!
not the United States of Africa
not the United Nations of Africa
Nkoyeni is the true African identity
a true picture of infinity on canvas

there is power in the choice of name
Nkoyeni is Africa’s new African name
youthful and rejuvenated replica
of the raped and pillaged former identity

let it known,
the tent of God is with the lowly and meek
for they posses the key to the halls of infinity

Comments about And Her New Name Is... by Dela Bobobee

  • Paula Glynn (7/13/2010 3:25:00 AM)

    A really beautiful poem. It is very well written and really captures the heart and makes one think. Africa is a truly diverse and beautiful continent. I have never been to Africa, but your poem makes me feel as if I know the politics and way of life. Anyhow, beautifully written and very thought provoking. (Report) Reply

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  • Paul Buttigieg (3/29/2008 5:45:00 AM)

    I have to say just how sad I feel for the African people. What a shame it is such a beautiful country with such beautiful races of people who cannot unite.

    I love your passion and writing...keep it up....keep it up for the hope of a great new Africa.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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