Poetry

Celebrating Africa with AfroBloggers

AfricaWeek2014

Where I come from

art doesn’t sweat

it doesn’t put food on the table

and it doesn’t retire a good life

But this is the path I have chosen

It is like staring at a huge brick wall

hoping it would sing to me

It actually does.

 

You see, Africa is all it is and more. And even though we continually finger ourselves as those ‘lacking’, truth is, home never lacks; not the people, not the places, not the art.

This, is the vision of AfroBloggers; to uncover the African Writing prowess hidden in fleabags all across the blogging space, and I am privileged to be nominated by @amakalituli7 for the AfroBloggers Recognition Award.

To celebrate home, here are four (4) paintings I feel can tell our story. Each of these paintings will be accompanied by a brevity poem based on my personal interpretation (in this context) of the artwork.

#1

War,

is hanging on cobwebs

Dance,

is our new identity

 

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#2

Beauty is owning ourselves

embracing our curves

in all its rich bareness

 

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#3

Listen,

we are earth

and her music

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#4

Family

means

fellowship

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That said and done, here are a few awesome blogs worth checking out. My nominations are in no particular order.

  1. Efo Dela’s ars poetica
  2. Amma K’s Outlet
  3. Akotowaa
  4. Josh Agaba
  5. Thoughts||Words||Actions
  6. Dzyadzorm
  7. Dynamically Diverse

This is how the award works:

  1. Once you are nominated, make a post titled CELEBRATING AFRICA WITH AFROBLOGGERS.
  2. Your post should share a brief on Afrobloggers and the work they are doing. Also thank and link  the person who nominated you.
  3. Celebrate Africa in the way you feel is more appropriate and in line with your blog”s overall theme.
  4. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. Ensure all of these bloggers are of African heritage.
  6. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post and include the link to this original post.

 

It is time to rewrite Africa’s story in words that aren’t sad and gloomy, dark or gory. In a way that brings hope, and not memories of pain. In a way that paints promise and faith. In a way that gives life. And it begins with us, Afrobloggers.

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Authors Notes:

All images used in this post were randomly picked from google, and as such, I do not claim ownership for any of the photos used.

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7 thoughts on “Celebrating Africa with AfroBloggers

  1. I heart this celebration ^_^
    and your interpretation of the paintings especially:
    “Listen,
    we are earth
    and her music….”

    And the last bit I agree just because we writing Africa’s story, yes, Africa’s story is not a fairy-tale but we need not be unnecessarily gory or dwell on all the scars but rather with promise and life… There is so much good here and potential for oh so much more.
    It begins with us

    ~B

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    • Naa Takia says:

      That makes two of us @Beaton. To think by now Africans would be tired of painting the ‘blood’ story…worse of all, it comes from within us. One would imagine there is no laughter here, no hope, nothing but poverty, hunger, sickness and death. It will be very unfortunate if you continue to tell Africa’s story like this.

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      • my exact sentiments that’s why when I write, there is always something to smile or laugh about…… I love to laugh
        the sound of laughter is broom sweeping away the cobwebs of gloom
        ^_^

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  2. Where I come from

    art doesn’t sweat

    it doesn’t put food on the table

    and it doesn’t retire a good life

    But this is the path I have chosen

    It is like staring at a huge brick wall

    hoping it would sing to me

    It actually does.

    I can relate, lovely read 💝 thank you for telling her story so beautifully…

    Liked by 2 people

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