Africa (mama), when did you cease to be a home You have just remained a house (?) When really were you a home? Eras and eras have passed Your beauty had and has become your fate Greedy 'men' lusted and longed for your beauty Some 'men' have hated you b'se they couldnt get the whole of you See how fragile and prone to danger yu are Some of your sons and daughters have been taught to hate and despise you These offspring of yours are the ones who dwelled in your womb for 9 months They are the ones who gave you absolute pain the time of delivery They are the ones who sucked your breasts from when they were stiff to mellow They are the ones who rested on your shoulders and back They are the ones who smeared you with filth and smells But you have the capacity to rejuvenate Where is our true father, mama? Where do we go seek the hope you kept on preaching to us? We, loyal sons and daughters are prone to danger too! Our hearts are crumpled with fear and embelished with despondency We call out fruatrated but our voices echoed back Where are the days when you were promised to be a queen? Where are the days when 'men' bowed before you Where are the days when your virginity attracted 'men' from all walks of life? Still you are a magnet, attracting pros and cons They have undermined you, mama but they have not yet depleted you We, loyal sons and daughters know that you have cherished the 'heaven' for us We know that we have the responsibility to protect you In the darkest night we will remain vigilant In the shimmering hot sun of the day we will dare to sweat In the rain seasons we will let ourselves soaked to the skin In the days of hunger we will tie hard our waists In the days of invasion we will not let a finger lay on you We are sick and tired of you being an empty house We love to see the days when your presence denoted a home We love to see the days when your presence connoted life We are grown enough to mean what we say, mama They have raped and tormented you They have used you but you will never strain You have the power to rejuvenate You are still the most beauty woman of all Loyal sons and daughers From Cape to Cairo From Addis to Congo Take the lead to secure our beloved Africa!