After my journey across the shore
From Newyork to Pittsburgh,
And from Pittsburgh to Moscow ;
I have journeyed until I found you.
I saw you in Nairobi
Your sun shinning brightly on the elegant buildings
Buildings built with blood and bones.
I watched in awe and fear and trembling.
As the night came and the sun was disappearing
I saw you, Nairobi in all your glory
I saw you flow in gold, black and ivory.
I saw your beauty in Pretoria.
I saw freedom in the land of slaves,
And I was filled with immeasurable euphoria
I saw blackness of all shades
I saw you in the sons of Mandela
Your perseverance and strength like mighty waves
I saw you Africa. I saw freedom…and chains.
Then I looked to the West.
I saw you in Nigeria.
I saw a waste of nature’s gifts and blessings
I saw men with bitter yearnings
I saw poverty on the streets of gold
I saw thirst in a sea of oil
And I saw silence in human form
I saw silence in Abuja
Silence, theft and indifference.
I saw you, Africa in all your nakedness
I saw the cloak of deceit carried away by the storm
And I saw tears flow like rivers
Tears of joy, of sadness and hunger
I saw your beauty, Africa.
But still, I saw the other part.
I saw the other part.
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