“PAPA AFRICA” ARISES ON 55THAFRICA UNION DAY


Today marks the fifty-fifth (55th) anniversary of the celebration of the Africa Union Day (Africa Day). Africa day is marked on the 25th May each year.

The Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) was formed on the 25th of May, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was as a result of two-thirds of the countries on the continent gaining independence from imperial European states.

The essence of its formation was to unify the continent. In the year 2002, Organization of Africa Union (OAU) was replaced by Africa Union (AU).

Writer and Poet, Nana Fredua-Agyeman Jnr. has an inspiring piece to share with the entire continent to mark the day.

He personifies the continent blending it with an interactive style of literary writing. The poem titled “Papa Africa” is a fusion of the shortcomings, recuperation, hope and empowerment of Africa.

Read the poem below:

 

PAPA AFRICA

 

Your household was invaded due to your naivety

However time has allowed you strategize

Maintaining a highly commendable integrity

For this reason; it is you we will forever eulogize

 

As head of your melanin identifiable clan you have upheld your culture

Asserting authority through your means of nurture

This undoubtedly is your unique feature

Home-grooming all your offsprings as their first teacher

 

Your reputation is unflinching in every geographical location

Your outfit is distinct no matter the occasion

The world looks with astonishment as you majestically take your seat

In a world crippled by the effect of others; you still stand on your feet

 

You listen attentively and respond appropriately with respect

Playing the game by your own rules and not what they expect

Threats of aid withdrawal and donations do not make you bend

Your decisions are based on the best interest of your people and not the prevalent trend

 

Even though the past was gloomy, your love overshadows all

Making you vertically noticeable as you stand tall

Reconciling with your oppressor makes you a victor

Telling your story on a canvas like a pictor

 

Little is known of you as your identity is kept sacred

Empowering and loving your woman devoid of hatred

A solid backbone you are indeed

Not only habouring great values but exhibiting it in deed

The anticipation of your vision for unity was distorted

Though delayed we have reconverged

Stronger than ever although we never retorted

Our bond is now cemented years after we diverged

 

You want nothing back because you are blessed with more

Your generosity is intact regardless of your resources

Exploring all avenues on a world tour

Competing on all race courses

 

Your humility should not be construed as timidity

Gentle, yet robust in muscle and mentally tough  

Just like the precious minerals in your land; you’re a commodity

It is now time to show the world what you’re made of

 

Don’t let the struggle of Nkrumah, Selassie and Mandela;

The values of Nyerere, Azikwe and Kenyatta;

The bravery of Machel, Kaunda and Amin;

Nor the blood of Lumumba, Sankara and Gaddafi be dissipated

Arise Papa Africa! Arise!

Written by: Nana Fredua-Agyeman Jnr.

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