Siyabonga A Nxumalo

Freshman - 634 Points (South Africa)

I Am An African - Poem by Siyabonga A Nxumalo

Not because im black.
But because my heart warms
And tears run down my face
When i think about AFRICA.

I am an African,
Not because i live here,
But because the African
Sun lit my paths.
Because the air that i breath
Is from these majestic mountains.

That air nurtured me
Growing up.

I am an African,
Not because i can speak
Swahili, Shona, Zulu or Xhosa.
But because my heart is
Shaped like a question mark,
Just like AFRICA.

I am an African,
Not because i am black,
But because my umbilical cord
Is burried under the majestic
Mountains of AFRICA.

Comments about I Am An African by Siyabonga A Nxumalo

  • Antoinette Padua (5/14/2016 4:20:00 AM)

    Siyabonga, You make me feel like an African
    who still needs to ride on the back of an elephant
    to climb those mountains
    under which we were born
    to smell the coals burning the corn
    to eat the pap styf or krummeled
    adorn the fire that lights up your heart
    Thank God that's where we all were born!
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    Siyabonga A Nxumalo (5/17/2016 5:56:00 AM)

    Thanks Antoinette, mother Africa will always be proud of us if we are of Her.

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/20/2016 2:24:00 AM)

    Growing up in Africa. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 6:18:00 PM)

    I am Africa not because I am black, but because I was sent to America in chains, but I have rose above the pain. Great poem. (Report) Reply

    Siyabonga A Nxumalo (5/17/2016 5:58:00 AM)

    you are my brother then

  • Ernest Makuakua (1/5/2016 12:16:00 AM)

    I am an African From Africa and I am proud about you African Brother with powerful words (Report) Reply

    Siyabonga A Nxumalo (5/17/2016 5:57:00 AM)

    Mr Makuakua sir, I bow.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/25/2015 3:32:00 AM)

    I am an African! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2015 1:52:00 AM)

    I am an African a true african (Report) Reply

  • Sindiswa Ndamane (8/10/2015 4:00:00 PM)

    Great I love it indeed I feel like an African... (Report) Reply

  • Emmanuel Mkansi (8/9/2015 11:28:00 AM)

    Wow, a very nice piece of work! Big up brother (Report) Reply

  • Sallam Yassin (9/3/2014 11:30:00 AM)

    sweet the love the song and notion, bravo (Report) Reply

  • Melikhaya Zagagana (8/28/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Nice Siya, you really are a loyal african, make proud homes. (Report) Reply

  • Tsholofelo Theresa Phakathi (6/8/2014 8:17:00 AM)

    i so like the poem
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/22/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    I too am proud. Not because I am black or of African descent.
    I am proud to acknowledge my heritage is attached.
    And to be aware and accepting is a fact that you have depicted,
    so well. So honest. And...with compassion. Wonderful are your writings.
    (Report) Reply

  • Aries Profanisaurus (3/15/2014 5:11:00 PM)

    It's good to see someone showing support for where they were brought up. And support for the right reasons. Well put (Report) Reply

  • Zandile Zoya (7/30/2013 3:27:00 AM)

    am proud to be an african and u just made me to be more proud..: .) (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (6/29/2013 10:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful homage to your homeland and your humanity. I like the format of your poem also. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM)

    (Ja ne') Kwazisholo izingane. Kwangathi abantu bangafunda ukuthi ukuba ngum-Afrika akukhona ukuphatha isagila ugqoke nebheshu, futhi akuzona izindlovu nalamabhubesi abawabuka ku-discovery channel, Respek! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/3/2013 6:31:00 AM)

    Your poem speaks of a true love for your country. No
    matter what goes on there should be a sense of belonging
    to the place of your heritage. The beautiful wildlife, nature,
    the people all live in a very special bond of existence. God bless
    Africa and all of the nations on earth. Peace to my brothers and
    sisters. An excellent write.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ofentse Mercy Hajane (4/8/2013 4:54:00 PM)

    Well, like they always say,
    we are all people Afo-rui-ka.

    Should we shout out loud to the stars above:
    Africa our Begining
    Africa our ending.

    (Report) Reply

  • Anita Sehgal (10/12/2012 12:09:00 AM)

    Love for your land.... so poignantly portrayed.. well done (Report) Reply

  • Madina Morris (9/14/2012 9:30:00 AM)

    ...WOW, this poem is powerful, yet warm and sweet. i like it. It also gave me another poem to write, stay tuned brother dearest, and you too will be feeled with power, warmth, and sweetness ;) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

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