Mama Africa

Mama Africa

September 7, 2011           8.12 a.m

Oh Mother Africa!

Blessed art thou and the fruits of thy womb

Birthed, suckled and nurtured with the sacred combs

Giants who conquered and ruled, raising cities with muddied hands

Now grown,  your children turn against the motherland.


Oh Mother Africa!

Kindly put a stop to these endless murders

The senseless war and immoral rape

Of the land and her young women by heartless child soldiers

Time ebbs away

And so does the future of the motherland.


Oh Mother Africa!

Blessed art thou and the fruits of thy womb

Your suckle most precious amongst peers

Yet grown and ignorant

Your children go astray in search of glory and garlands

Bestowed by foreign dears.


Oh Mother Africa!

Your children ruthlessly search for glory

cloaked in shame

Meting out despair with an iron ladle

The glory and pride of the latter days crushed

By friends who enviously eye the precious suckle of the motherland.



9.08 a.m



32 thoughts on “Mama Africa” by shaifamily (@shaifamily)

  1. you are such a beautiful writer with wisdom.

  2. @Shai and @Chisom Oji…my two fav NS poets…
    @Shai; this is really really really really deep and beautiful.
    i love this so much.

  3. good poem. Strong message and wonderfully written.
    Nice one

  4. @chisom thanks. Really some endorsement from ƔǒƲ there.
    @adaobiokwy. What do ƔǒƲ want ë to say to ƔǒƲ now? U̶̲̥̅̊ no longer see D̶̲̥̅̊ flaws…maybe, just maybe I took all ur coaching to heart then…thanks. I got two votes from ƔǒƲ in one day, ω•∙…◦*∙~Ώ~∙*◦…∙•ω!

    1. @Shai, i didn’t see flaws becos none jumped at me plus, the two poems really deserved the high praises.
      don’t ask me to wear my microscope…could get ridiculous.
      where’s the next one plz?

      1. hehehe. I have successfully hoodwinked you be that.
        Next one shouldn’t be long coming I should fink…hold on tight!

        1. Hmmm… that last one didn’t “grip” the way it should…please hold on tighter. hehehe.

  5. I salute the masters!

    1. Thank you smartfingers. We know the masters though….we just dey follow.

  6. deep and beautiful piece.. great use of words ..

    1. Thank ƔǒƲ

  7. Not bad.

    Not bad at all.

    1. Thank you sir.

      1. In btw, what happened to that story on the assassin? I dey salivate o!

  8. Beautiful! when I grow I would like to be like you.

    1. I am not sure you want to be ‘Like me” when you grow up…lol.

  9. The use of words and placement of lines was very skillful. You have really improved for sure. Keep it up.

    I enjoyed this, and was moved too.

  10. @***** thanks…Possible with all u guys.

    1. Could you please refer to me by the name I’m known on these boards? Since I’m sure shai is not your name, I’m sure you understand. You may also want to read the privacy policy and Terms of use of the site. Thank you.

      1. Yes madam…it was only a local variation of what it translates to in M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ local dialect. Bur, it íڪ all G♡̬̩̃̊♡̬̩̃̊‎​​​…I will refrain from calling ƔǒƲ that as I love it too much here to be kicked out over this…

        1. @MyneWhitman uhmmmm, I tried to do this inbox. something must be wrong with the personal messaging board (hopefully it can be fixed @admin).

          Sorry about that errr, up there. Didn’t mean any harm…hope none was caused.

          And, I really really hope this suffices to get your forgiveness.

  11. Who will dare kick you out? When I dey here.
    Everybody says your poem is nice, ok o.
    But I prefer one certain poem I read long ago about Africa.

    Africa my Africa
    Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannah
    Africa of whom my grandmother sings

    1. YEEEEAAAHHH!!! U just evoked some memories in me now, @kaycee. I recited the living daylight out of that poem!

      1. Raymond… Thank ƔǒƲ so much.

    2. Kaycee….I dey tread softly o.

      In btw, what happened to that story? I dey salivate o!

  12. Guy….guy…in fact, make I hide….*whispering* U gooooooooood……

  13. bros , bros. I have not published “AA book” now. Hehehehe. Bur, being in D̶̲̥̅̊ midst of the sharpest Απϑ brightest minds means I have to come to D̶̲̥̅̊ table ψϊτħ M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ best game. ƔǒƲ guys rock, Απϑ NS…

  14. I like this. :-I

  15. @Jay’s Planet thank you. Peace.

  16. Very very nice. Your choice of words and the way you presented the lines were very mature.

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