I need a Black Jesus

I need a Black Jesus

I need a black Jesus

Someone like me

Who speaks my language

And knows what I feel


Not the blond hair, blue eyes

But woolly hair, brown eyes

Someone who comes from within

Not from across the sea


Not the artistic creation

Brought to life

By Michelangelo’s brush

And the Catholic Pope


A black Jesus

Who knows how to be African

Understands my mother tongue

Eats yam and kolanut.


He would not despise my skin

Or castigate my kin

Telling me I’m Ham’s descendant

That I’m the white’s servant


A black Jesus

Who our leaders would revere

And dare not swear an oath on

Unless prepared


Yes he would resurrect

With me and my spirit

We would walk the seas together

And feed the ignorant multitude


Not the one that has created a rift

And torn my brothers apart

His name on the slave ship

And endorsed the apartheid


Black Jesus, where are you?

Unsettle my reality

Tell me the devil wears white

‘Cos he is an angel


We need a black Jesus

To free us from this rot

Not the one packaged and sold to us

And shares birthday with the sun god

3 thoughts on “I need a Black Jesus” by chika nwakanma (@afroxyz)

  1. Black Jesus?

  2. funny,deep but i think from my observation, the writer is misinformed by the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the c-church. yea, i would have preferred a black Jesus but it is not the colour that is a problem but the truth hidden by words of letters.
    who are the whites?
    who said all angels are white?
    why must Jesus come through the guarded lineage?
    so many question that will help the writer know that we this poem, we only feel more inferior. The power is in the image of the creator not the colour of the creator…something the ‘whites ‘ may have hidden making us believe the outside rather than the our inside. good poems though.

  3. i love the poem. It is so insightful.@afroxyz

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