Africa - Benjamin Dowuona

Sons and daughters of Africa,
Your distressed mother calls,
Her soul travails.
She has but one request
Restore her to a state that is best.
From North to South,
East to West.
Her soul is thirsty.

Africa, the promised land
Africa, the cradle of civilization,
Mother Africa, full of natural resources
Mother of colour
Gold, silver and what have you
Had warriors too
For from you were borne
The great Nkrumahs, Kenyattas and Mandelas
Yet you went through all the trauma.

Yes, she is the mother colour
She is beautifully black
But her colour has been tainted,
Abused and destroyed
And now some of her children are ashamed
To be called and seen as black.
Tho' she is black,
Doesn't she deserve better?
In fact she deserves the best.
But can her children pass the test
And let her walk with a proud chest?

Children of Africa,
Let us all wake up
For our Mother needs a voice
It lies on you and I as Africans
To make her proud
What have you said,
Done, thought, about this?

Mother Africa needs us
As much as we need her
Let us all rise
And make her proud.

3 comments:

Prince Mensah said...

Thank you for the beautiful poetry, Benjamin. I think the edge of your theme was best captured in these lines:
"Yes, she is the mother colour
She is beautifully black
But her colour has been tainted,
Abused and destroyed
And now some of her children are ashamed
To be called and seen as black."
The identity crisis that is hitting Africans worldwide is staggering. There is no shame to be black unless you agree with the lies of racism and schism.

Anonymous said...

Now im just a silly white --man but curious to know how many statues of women --heroes there are in Accra---or maybe someone can write a poem--about the absence thereof
bees knees.

Prince Mensah said...

Anonymous,

We have great women in our history and I will agree to the fact that our society has not recognized them enough. We have Yaa Asantewaa who led the Ashanti against the British in the 1900s. We have Juaben Serwaa who led the great migration of a group of Ashantis from Juaben to Koforidua (New Juaben). We have Dede Okai, the great Queen of the Ga. We have Ama Ataa Aidoo, Efua Sutherland, Georgina Wood, Mary Grant, Akosua Busia, Abena Busia and many more. Ghana, and Africa, for that matter has women who have excess examples of bee's knees. Statues may be visible but the contributions, wisdom and insight of the African woman to our survival as a people cannot be underestimated. Kindly respect our women for they are the most graceful human beings you will ever encounter on God's green earth.