African hands

Have been in high demand
For centuries.
Hands that build empires for others
Fists to fight the wars of others
Palms outstretched to the goodwill of others
Fingers to grasp the fruits of the trees of others.
We know well what Africans can do
With their hands,
Indeed they have held many a society together.
But what of African heads?
What of the thought leadership of this place?
Africans have far, far more to offer
Than their bodies
And the hand-me-downs of other places
Have never been a good fit.
Indeed there are many a wonder
Yet to be unearthed
Many a paradigm to be realized
In the near-virgin hinterlands
Of African thought.

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