Happy World Poetry Day! Here are our favorite lines from poems that celebrate the Africa spirit and experience

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Today is World Poetry Day. For the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), “World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.”

Today is a day to honor poets and celebrate a beautiful art that encourages individuals to express themselves by putting down their thoughts on paper or expressing it through song, dance and theater.

In the spirit of this day and to also just show off the poets whose work we have featured,  here are some of our favorite lines from poems that celebrate both negative and positive aspects of the African spirit and experience.

1. As the sun goes down by Benjamin Mwithalu

As the sun goes down

another burden on my back

drought, hunger, thirst and bad luck

Another gets shot on a muddy track

as they move about to acquire a snack

As the sun goes down

I hope and pray that the night will give me a break


2.We Believed them by Mukuka Nkunde

We were born Kings and they called us peasants and we believed them. We became beggars of our own freedom. Took on poverty and wore it as a cloak because we believed that as our state of being. We became what we believed.


3.The Garden of Eden by Jason Mfula II

Your last name is my first name, we have many names, some call me mother, some call me Home, some call me Wakanda.. but I am all of these things..

I am Africa and I am the Garden of Eden.


4.Homeland by Asifa Ali

My world was small but full of happiness

Life was young and flattering like a butterfly

Waking up to the bells and sweet call to prayer

From school to home life was mobile and sound


5.Africa by Mello Teffo

You’re associated with the meaning of growth, harmony,

Freshness, safety, fertility, and environment

Proud you should be for we’re your pillar

The footprints of our mother city

Oh Africa my ever joy, my hero


6.Brown by Ricardo Hanley Jr

We are the creators of civilization, yet our seat on our throne was pillaged by the students, we let into our home without prudence. Oh you of henna Chroma, you cast of auburn, resume your place among those who assume their great, know yourself and awake, awake, awake.


 7.Forgotten children of Africa by Leticia Osei

I have betrayed you

and I don’t know if I can see my way out.

Truth is…

 I have forgotten you

 and thus forgotten me.

You make me who I am and I long for us to reconnect.

Featured image | Trust “Tru”” Katsande | unsplash

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