ANCESTRY: CELEBRATE AFRICAN BARDS

Written by: Ajayi Angel-Simon

TRIBUTE TO AFRICAN WRITERS FOR THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST OPPRESSION
CELEBRATE AFRICAN BARDS A mirror in ink Placed before my future To save me from the sink Of this chameleon picture Anthills of the Savannah: With pen, they told me the past; Without their trail I wonder How to narrow a confusion this vast Through their crystal pages, My antiquity—inept— illumines; For their battles, no wages But mansions in exiles and prisons But unrest, pains, misery and yokes: For speaking with a different tongue, The rulers – yellow and black blokes— Incarcerated and suffered them long The struggle seems never to set. It surely has an end; they believe. Freedom is a song in threat; After clobbering, in peace they’ll live Though they hail from the dregs, On their pen was Africa’s jungle justice born. Now they are grey, they are like eggs To be kept; songs to sing to my son. I celebrate our African bards Whose inks defeated bullying barrels; And with all noble regards, I salute their courage that unlock freedom cells.