Siyabonga A Nxumalo

Freshman - 681 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

  • (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.
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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Phiwe Mbatha (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

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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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  • Valsa George (6/9/2012 3:49:00 AM)

    i can sense the heat of the patriotic fire burning in you! ! It's such a lovely piece! ! ! I enjoyed it a lot. (Report)Reply

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  • Elena Sandu (5/14/2012 7:44:00 PM)

    Yes my brother, maybe we are not the children of a society built into a country, but the children of a certain piece of earth connected through umbilical cord. No matter where we go or what we become, grains of it may stay in our blood. It will be a great deciding line of our being. I followed a child of two trying to go upstairs with a pair of adult slippers on. It took almost an hour. Tenaciously, patient, one by one worked hard to the last step refusing any adult help. No one taught the child to do that but maybe the land was born on. Hardly enough, rough, with nature's anger hitting any time you have to work hard to survive. Could there be a strong connection between us and our land? Maybe, only maybe. (Report)Reply

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  • Paul Gondwe (5/11/2012 12:03:00 PM)

    The wording was amazing and the flow of the poem was just so good. I loved how you appreciate our mother africa, we really have to be proud of where we come from no matter what happens in it. I feel proud to be african just reading this. (Report)Reply

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  • Vincent Kuo (5/11/2012 6:21:00 AM)

    I'm really touched by this poem, well done! (Report)Reply

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  • Malaya Roses (3/23/2012 6:45:00 AM)

    Respect to the poet... as he proudly know what it takes to live as a man with pride and patriotism! ! !
    Excellent piece! ! !
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  • Jinal Oswal (3/21/2012 6:49:00 AM)

    Siya.... I love Africa too... Right from the sand to the sky that covers Africa... from the huts to the people of Africa and straight to its vast, distinct, colorful and beautiful culture.... A real wonderful poem :) I am loving it! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2012 4:49:00 PM)

    Thank you guys for your comments.they mean a lot to me, Soul my friend, your comment goes right to my heart. (Report)Reply

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  • Wahab Abdul (3/19/2012 4:03:00 PM)

    A VERY PATRIOTIC POEM, ONE SHOULD BE PROUD OF HIS ROOTS, HOME LAND, MOTHER LAND, FATHERLAND, LAND OF THE BIRTH....AND SHOULD BE FAITHFUL TO HER(MOTHER LAND) THIS EVOKES NATIONALISM BUT ONE SHOULD CAUTIOUS NOT TO CROSS THE LIMIT AND BECOME CHAUVINISTIC, REALLY A GREAT POEM. (Report)Reply

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  • Unwritten Soul (3/19/2012 5:34:00 AM)

    Remember Siya and Anele, we are not African, European, Asian, Latin, American, Eastern or Western...We are Earthian! ! ! ! ! so we are same wherever we live, it just we abundantly distributed at different region, and climate did change our appearance..but hey that's beautiful! ! ! ! like we live in a vase of flowers..got lavender, roses, jasmine etc....love ourself as one...not because i was born in earth but we really live here_Unwritten Soul (Report)Reply

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  • Ekaterina M. Polischuk (3/18/2012 1:44:00 PM)

    wonderful poem! With great energy! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2012 3:26:00 AM)

    Eish Bra Siya.... Its one of those poems, where you enjoy it from the first word till the last, I have one on the same title I am African.... That's how we all proud to be products of this warm and rich continent... I have always said it is the richest continent in the world... Mainly because, for as long as there are Africans enriching other continents, the source of strength of each And everyone to be able to do that, is originated from the naitive land of our forefathers, Long Live Africa... For Africa will live longer

    The_African_Son
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  • (3/15/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    Well done Siyabonga! Africa also loves you! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 15, 2012



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