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Perception Africa
by Marion O Vionna

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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you know i was talking to a friend of mine and she thought that we live in trees,ride elephants to work and have bloated tummys full of flies,,,,yer she was white,never been to africa,kenw africa from watching telly,yer she needed help,from me scratching her fcae,but being the poet i am.i let my anger flow through spoken word!

Third world africa
known for it's poverty,hunger and pestilences
they perceive africa
as a dying continent
the little knoledge they have about africa is what they see on CNN,SKY,or BBC
they focus on our suffering
how women and children are dying
of war, aids and starvation
they judge us as being a poor nation
Oh!how wronngly they've perceived you africa

They don't know how rich your soil is
how vast your beauty is
they focus on the killings
but if they could only see how hospitable,loving and caring you really are
i think they would change their percpetion
if they could only capture that sunrise
or watch the beautiful migration of the wilder beast
natural beauty for their eyes to feast
they will see how wrongly they've perceived you africa

The mother of all nations
they forgot you sprang forth rich minerals
they don't remember how painful it was for that child whose legs was blown up
just for them to marvel at the shiny rock on their fingers
a painful song lingers
But you put on a brave face africa
ignoring the slanders laid upon you

Atleast they've recognized your offspring africa
how proud you are to have outstanding children
who for their efforts to change their percepetion about you won the noble peace prize
the Mandela's and Maathai's
though many haven't been recognized yet

Sure we are dying of poverty,hunfer and aids
but how will we move forward
if they keep focusing on your negativity
when will they turn their attention
to the great rift valley
the amazing victoria falls
the beautiful white sandy beaches
or focus on our unity
our affection
the ver smiling face of a hard working african
wouldn't it be nice if the headlines read:
africa's beautiful people
rather than the war on sudan?
or the corruption in nigeria?
i hope they will change their perception
africa is a charming continent
and that's the right perception!

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Reviewed by Chanti Niven 10/20/2006
I wholeheartedly agree. Although I was born in England, I lived in Africa for most of my life and it still holds such a large part of my heart. Thanks for sharing.
Chanti



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