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I Sing Africa

All's not about Darfur I've seen it, eerie winds Moonlight through our thatch We kissed round, one *palmie gourd Kigali was but a miss Waist-beads - beats to love Have you heard the talk-drum, *Fela's horns of brass, Or the *Aladuras' joy of Alleluia? My grandmother still walks miles Just because her forbears did, And shame on malaria For the dearth of men Oh, on Mandela's earth Of Soyinka's nobel ideas Africa - a big breast, the good, the bad, the ugly. . . all, as sucklings! *palmie - palm wine *Fela - Celebrated afrobeat musician *Aladura - a popular african instituted christian sect noted for heavy prayers

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  1. Date: 4/6/2012 3:29:00 PM
    How did I not see this one earlier....There are so many details in this winning poem and I want to know about each and everyone of them...Love how u personified malaria and described the worship of the Aladuras...So proud of you for this win!..:) Gwendolen

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 8:27:00 AM
    That the real voice of africa.i feel you.congrats 4 winnin

  1. Date: 6/5/2011 3:36:00 PM
    I truely enjoyed this voice from the bank of Niger.congrats bro

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 7:25:00 AM
    Thanks to you all, I am humbled by these much love!

  1. Date: 4/1/2011 11:50:00 PM
    Alluring and compelling reading. Nice one!

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 6:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest Olusegun. I enjoyed reading your poem again this morning. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 7:26:00 PM
    A wonderful poem of your country Olusegun. You're right we in the other countries usually only hear one side of the story. Congratulations on your big win. Enjoy. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Olusegun. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Olusegun

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 6:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest. The best to you in the finals Olusegun. Love Carol

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 5:56:00 AM
    Thanks for the views, I feel like a laureate already!

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 12:44:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Olusegun. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/16/2011 1:43:00 PM
    Love your last stanza. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 2/14/2011 5:40:00 PM
    Keep singing, keep praying Olusegun. Congratulations on a well deserved feature. Vince

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 7:55:00 AM
    very nice! this is a truely expresive piece of a place i'll probably never see. good write

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 5:38:00 PM
    Wonderful write

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 1:26:00 PM
    I really like the last stanza....sort of sums up the whole idea that of course Africa is not just about Darfur. Well written details throughout the poem as well. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 1:12:00 PM
    A well-written poem about "Mother Africa" where it is said that all peoples first came from...Goes to my favs...Peace, Audrey