We appear to be far moreMotivatedTo offer Africans charityThan to take the necessary stepsTo see them onTheir own two feet.We project that generations unbornWill also depend on donationsWaiting, like always, at the back of the line.It seems that it is difficultTo look across the masses of AfricansAnd imagine themWell fedWell educatedProsperous.Oh, but we can give […]Read more "Food Parcel"
There may not be a real King T’ChallaOr a thriving African metropolisHidden away from the worldThat didn’t suffer the crippling eventsOf recent centuries gone by,But there is an ideaThat there is a version ofThe African story that’s not merelySentimentalThat is more captivating than a wildlife documentaryUnfettered by directionless politicsBridling with economic energyWhere the “average African” […]Read more "Wakanda Forever"
Are not absolutely limiting.Many of the legends we admire have had limitationsThat would make most of us tremble:From disease to discriminationThe threat is always real.And the fact that victoryIsn’t certainMakes the storyThat much more compelling.Our limitations need not absolutely limit usThey can be the walls that narrow our focus,The containers that help us hold the […]Read more "Limitations"
Far too often, development in Africa Looks like a knock off of progress made in other parts of the world, Ideas that percolated in foreign minds That were tried and tested on (and for) foreign soils Only to be cut and pasted In a different context For different minds Different soil. Learning how others have […]Read more "Second fiddle"
For a version of the African story that’s more than Sentimental More captivating than a wildlife documentary Unfettered by directionless politics Bridling with economic energy Where the “average African” is prosperous Where education is not for show but for use And where the ambitions of our best and brightest Extend beyond personal lifestyle goals. The […]Read more "Searching for Wakanda"
What is it about progressThat takes us away from ‘the community’Only to come back laterAnd ‘give back’ to it?Some come back out of guilt,Others from a sense of dutyBut have you ever wondered why they had toLeave in the first place?What if the community itself was enough?What if the primary place we wanted to sow […]Read more "On ‘giving back to the community’"
There are things to be certain of in life: Your identity What you want to do with your time Why you are doing it And knowing which people who have your best interests at heart. But being sure that nothing will change? That in the end all our efforts won’t matter? That you will always […]Read more "On being sure that nothing will change"
I do not feel at home in a hut. I have never lived outside Africa either. I have a Shona name. No English name. No middle name. And I insist on being called by it. Properly. English is my strongest written and spoken language yet there are certain things deep in me that i can […]Read more "On being ‘truly African’"
What is power for? A marker to clearly to distinguish oneself From the weak? A sword we wield to get our own way? Or perhaps a tool we leverage To create a personal paradise? We spend our days in power struggles Constantly wrestling for an upper hand, Vying for votes, Building walls and burning bridges […]Read more "Power"
We do not speak of hardships For the sake of pity. We do not point out inequality Because we are hoping for handouts. We do not cry about painful things Because we are weak. No. We are looking dead on At what’s wrong in the world, Coming to terms with the brutal facts Of our […]Read more "Reckoning"