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Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.[1] In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity. This poem was dedicated to Mother Africa on Africa Day.

A poem for mother Africa on the 25th May(Africa Day).

1. “Happy Africa Day, Mother Africa”

• Mother Africa, today is a day for you to celebrate your success and wisdom

• You have gone through many ups and downs for you to be where you are today!

• Colonial masters came and plundered most of your resources, but you are still surviving with your rich and fertile resources!

• For ages, your sons, daughters and grandchildren have been affected by famine, war, poverty and diseases, but you never gave up on them!

• Thank you for producing the world’s best leaders, whose example has shaped and will continue shaping the future of your children and grandchildren!

• Your good nature and character has produced leaders like Mohandas Gandhi, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkuruma, Anwar-Al-Sadat, Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela, Imam Abdallah Haron and so many others, leaders the whole world has learnt much from!

• Mother Africa, as you celebrate your day “Africa Day”, you should know that you have made and will always make us proud.

• What a gift and a blessing, with all mothers in the world, for us to have you as our mother?

• What shall we reward you in order for you to know that we are proud of you and will always cherish your motherhood?

• What have we done well to deserve all the happiness, joy and love we receive from you Mother Africa?

• As I write this poem for you Mother Africa, you should always remember that despite the wars, hunger, corruption, poverty and many other challenges we as your children are still facing, we are so proud that you have always provided us a home to come back to, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen to all our sorrows. And that, we shall cherish as long as we live.

• Mother Africa, thank you for always being a home for all!!!

• Happy Africa Day Mother Africa!!!
By Wagogo Ramadhan

The ongoing injustice and aggression globally, is depicted in this poem. The poet makes an impassioned plea for help.

2. “Why I Cry”

• I cry because of what is happening to me and my nation, while those I consider as my brothers and sisters are laughing and cheering.

• I cry because strangers came and took our livelihood but the world sees them as heroes.

• I cry because when it comes to morning when I’m alive, I don’t know whether the sun will set; if I’ll be among the dead.

• I cry because today I am with my family but tomorrow I will be among those who have no mother, father, brothers or sisters.

• I cry because my two year- old son whom I thought will fight in the cause of Allah to protect my nation has been shot in the head by the oppressors who are supported by those whom we call our Muslim leaders.

• I cry because whenever I try to defend my nation, the world is made to see me as the oppressor while the oppressor is made to be seen as the oppressed.

• I cry because the enemy I am fighting has the most sophisticated weapons in the world while I have only a stone in my hand; but I’m branded a terrorist.

• I cry because I have to travel miles to go and visit my friend due to the fences and ghettoes built by the oppressor.

• I cry hoping that someone will one day hear my plea and rescue me from the oppression I have endured all my life.

By Wagogo Ramadhan

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