I know what Africa Needs

From the deserts to the savanna,

The sand dunes to the riverine

I see the beauty in our motherland


I celebrate our tribes and tongues

Igbo and Swahili, Hausa and Fulani

One race, One family

in a baptism of trials.


Wars and conflicts plaguing our landmarks

destroying our unity and breaking our oneness

Hate still spreads yet we watch and carry on.


The young, the bold  and restless

In mass they flee

with hope to rest

in the sweetness of life promised in the West


I know what Africa Needs

Not wars but peace

not hate but love

Knowing that tribe or tongue matters not

Because  in oneness we share

our race and our pride.


Tears and blood we want no more

Street littered with bodies

We have seen with gore


Rwanda to Biafra

Congo to Uganda

Somalia to Sudan

Now Janjaweed to BokoHaram

NO! NO!! NO!!!

Return to bliss Africans!

Return to Peace Africans!!


Our story, now we must tell

Because the trash from the media in the west still sells

My heart still longs for Her (Africa) glory restored

The day draws nigh

When to others we will do

As we wish to us be done.


U. Umekwe



2 thoughts on “I know what Africa Needs” by Uzoma Umekwe (@uzomaumekwe)

  1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

    Biafra? Your poem can be classified the modern Negritude: Leopold Sedar Senghor, David Diop and the Aime Cesaire and co. will be happy that their dreams are still alive… Africa my Africa… well done bro.

  2. This is a very simple and direct poem expressing sentiments on an issue that exercises many minds, @uzomaumekwe.

    I wish it had been more poetic, though.


    “The sand dunes to the riverine” > “The sand dunes to the riverine groves/valleys/glades

    “Wars and conflicts plaguing our landmarks” > “Wars and conflicts plaguing our lands

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