Pulse Of The Motherland

Pulse Of The Motherland

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover

But it has become appallingly clear

That you can judge an entire continent

By its media coverage

You can color a whole continent dark

With the paint of poorly placed perception

When you rely on the media

To teach you your Africa lessons

It’s like Africa is either one big safari

Or Kalahari with seethin’ heathens

With no sense of religion

And home to animals and animism

Because TV renditions of African afflictions

Have created a depiction

Of a land of savages

Where the world’s most dreadful diseases

Exceed the law of averages

Most non-Africans believe that the most

Africa has given to the world

Are phrases like “Hakuna mtata”

And “Asante sana squash banana”

Along with exotic vacations in remote locations

In the eyes of the media,

We’re just underdeveloped wannabe Caucasians

Still searching for civilization

But we will show the world

That our Mother Africa is strong, vibrant and defiant

Because the pulse of nearly a billion people can never die

When WE control what the world sees

So we must never comply

To pictures painted by pessimists on TV of our homeland

For we,


We are the pulse of Mother Africa,

And we will now show the world

How proudly we will stand!

Omékongo Dibinga, a first generation Congolese-American, lives in Washington DC. He is a trilingual poet, actor, and motivational speaker. He has published two books - From the Limbs of My Poetree and Poems from the Future. For more information please visit his website at www.omekongo.com

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Ajayi Olutayo

Ajayi Olutayo

11. October, 2012 |

People like you are needed on this continent to take us to where we should be. Keep it up man!

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor

11. October, 2012 |

Thanks for this powerful article. I am very glad I read it. Keep up your great work and remain Blessed Law!

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