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Mama Africa - Poem by Sylvia Chidi

Mama Africa
Somalia, Nigeria, Ghana, Saudi Arabia
Mama Africa
Senegal, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, South Africa

The land of enormous mineral wealth
I salute thee; I adore thee even in poor health
So many countries I have not yet spelt
Have people ready and steady to flee before they melt

Mama Africa
You walk with a suicidal long rope
As your people lose all hope
Rather than cooking up a brand of prosperity
You the land of recognized poverty
Have mistakenly invented a brand of austerity
The masses are slowly dying
While only a few are high-flying

Mama Africa
We talk about your diamond rushes
We speak of numbers of human losses
We hide our fusses in internal silent boxes
While people struggle and fight in oil brushes
And external parties hide their delightful blushes

Mama Africa
How can a land of abundant resources and rich culture
That the world with marvel continuously captures
Allow wealth to be taken from you before it matures?
Why not divert these takers to signs labeled departure?

Mama Africa
Listen to your children’s voices
Listen to the peoples noises
They are crying to be heard
They are crying to be fed
They are crying for proper education
They are crying as a single nation
They are crying for an end to corruption
They are crying for an end to self-destruction
They are crying for your delinquent protection

Mama Africa
How many crying tears will it take by calculation?
How many dying years will it take to deliver salvation?

Mama Africa
Along with your weakness I salute thee!
Along with your greatness I adore thee!
Along with your madness I still love thee!

Comments about Mama Africa by Sylvia Chidi

  • Rookie Adamu Addissie (3/17/2018 1:59:00 PM)

    I came back to the poem after a decade and I can only affirm to its deeper meanings and echoes of the reality.
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  • Rookie annie the kenyan African (2/21/2018 7:55:00 AM)

    That poem is really inspiring and really revolving around African lives I really love poetry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Adamu Addissie (11/6/2007 9:20:00 AM)

    Dear Sylvia

    I am really impressed by the poem. It reflects the reality about Africa; the paradoxes and the ambiguities. Many people from the west have only the dark side of the picture, which we cannot deny. But Africa is at the same time full of treasures of old that others do not have; it has its own identity and bless. Though globalisation is the order of the day, I do not think that emphasising on your identity and origin is narrow-mindedness. It is rather a way to universalism and better understanding. Africa is the most misunderstood continent by outsiders and Africans. (Report) Reply

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