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I see your haunted eyes

sleep’s tired turmoil

tangled in twisted sheets

with doubts that you have–

 

to leave or to stay

in the spider’s intricate trap

or  inhale the toxic moisture

on a moody moonless night

 

where nothing makes any sense

everything converging at once

sending you into a relentless spiral

beyond life’s choreography

 

the dance you auditioned

that made you so ecstatic

when you heard you won the part

came with terms and conditions

 

you did not read the fine print

a non negotiable contract

that felt like a life sentence

without any chance of parole

 

but there is always an exit clause

sit down here for awhile,

in this haven of peace and listen–

in the silence, you’ll find the answer.

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Liberate your mind–

you are much greater

than you think you are

 

Define who you were–

before you became a slave

to extraction and contraction

 

Start to know yourself–

prescribed by your own story

in the language of your tongue

 

It’s time to know your worth–

the value of your golden soil

your ample rivers and sun

 

You lose it everyday–

just giving it all away

with handshakes of bonded strife

 

Remember your name–

come into your own light

be the centre of your own universe

 

Africa, it’s your time!

 

 

Author’s note: This poem was inspired by a public lecture delivered yesterday by Kenyan nobel prize winning writer and  Professor of English, Ngugi wa Thiongo,  entitled: “Secure the base: decolonise the mind”

The map depicted in the image above illustrates how large Africa is in terms of space in comparison to other major powers. It is also blessed with a wealth of resources yet Africa remains one of the poorest continents in the world. It is still primarily  the dark continent in terms of electrification. As a continent that was colonised by many European countries while its people became  victims of slavery and oppression, there is a school of thought towards freeing our minds from colonisation and reclaiming  our identity and place in the world.