I am an African

Why are we apologizing for Africa? Here is a moment of pride.  A poem written by South African poet Wayne Visser. For those who want to rebrand Africa, or Change the Image of Africa…they might want to read this first.  As the continent changes, let it be a reminder that Africa should not apologize, nor feel like they are less than what they are.  If you want to change the image of Africa- think twice of what you are admitting.  Celebrate Africa. Empower Africa. Connect the African Community globally.

I am an African
Not because I was born there
But because my heart beats with Africa’s
I am an African
Not because my skin is black
But because my mind is engaged by Africa
I am an African
Not because I live on its soil
But because my soul is at home in Africa

When Africa weeps for her children
My cheeks are stained with tears
When Africa honours her elders
My head is bowed in respect
When Africa mourns for her victims
My hands are joined in prayer
When Africa celebrates her triumphs
My feet are alive with dancing

I am an African
For her blue skies take my breath away
And my hope for the future is bright
I am an African
For her people greet me as family
And teach me the meaning of community
I am an African
For her wildness quenches my spirit
And brings me closer to the source of life

When the music of Africa beats in the wind
My blood pulses to its rhythm
And I become the essence of music
When the colours of Africa dazzle in the sun
My senses drink in its rainbow
And I become the palette of nature
When the stories of Africa echo round the fire
My feet walk in its pathways
And I become the footprints of history

I am an African
Because she is the cradle of our birth
And nurtures an ancient wisdom
I am an African
Because she lives in the world’s shadow
And bursts with a radiant luminosity
I am an African
Because she is the land of tomorrow
And I recognise her gifts as sacred

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One response to “I am an African

  1. Janet Adhiambo (Kenya)

    i love every details about this beautiful continent we all love to express and rebrand. ooh mama Africa I’m proud that am one of your origin!

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