In commemoration of Africa Day, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) commissioned MTF West Africa Alumni, Moses Akerele to write a poem for MTF’s Africa Month campaign under the DStv theme #TheAfricaWeSee.
The Africa I see by Moses Akerele
Africa is beautiful
Our Beauty radiates in the richness of our culture
In the beautiful ways we are decorated by nature.
The blend of our deserts,
And some of the most fascinating animals
sitting all over our continent is our Splendour;
The definition of glory.
One people, many tongues,
We define “Multilingual”
Our mother tongue is soothing
She wraps herself around our tongue,
Bursting in sweet songs.
When we speak,
We make melodies
With the rhythms in our accents and languages.
With our colourful thick skins
We stand out
Because colour is beautiful,
Because “Thick” is Strong.
Our Stories stem from our rich cultures,
Long Histories and Traditions
Cutting across nations.
We are a Library of Rare
But beautiful events and Literature,
We are Art.
We are Pacesetters, Originators
Many have started off by sampling things we began,
Things that are originally African.
We are who we are, authentic and unique.
It would be our own folly to deny our authenticity in a bid to be like another.
Others covet what we own.
Our journey is solely ours,
and should remain ours.
Slow and steady we will reach the promised paradise
That is a better future.
The Africa I see is Strong
Taps into all she has within to be greater
Knows how to grow relationships and make the best of it
This Africa is a Giant!
Stands tall above odds,
together in our diversity and beauty.
We are leaders.
The Africa I see
beautiful and colorful
A people unified by diversity.
We are a people who live not just by words,
Steadily practicing what we preach.
An Africa bound by love, peace and laughter
Rid of corruption
An epitome of economic growth and innovations
This Africa is beautiful
This Africa is regal
This Africa is possible
With you and Me
This is the Africa I see.