The REAL Africa

ImageThe real Africa is the one they never show you

The real Africa is hidden under the veneer of poverty and hunger and death; a cancerous mass on the face of the earth that the rest of the world call homogenously  » Africa « 

The real Africa is submerged underneath corruption and greed, underneath tyranny and ostentatious elite, underneath the faces of the people they cannot feed

The real Africa is buried beneath shanty towns rife with dirt and disease, where kids are forced to grow up too much too quickly to survive

The real Africa is concealed under a no – man’s land desert, bare and dry and unable to sustain green and healthy life


The Africa I know, the Africa that is reflected in the warm sunshine that you can feel burning inside you

The Africa that shines from warm, spontaneous smile

The Africa that is at the heart of sky – high mountains and tropical jungle, of golden sand dunes and lush green grassland

The Africa that is at the heart of different peoples, different languages, different cultures, different identities who all call this land THEIR HOME

The land where roots take hold and don’t let go, solid as the baobab tree that has always been and will always be there, standing steady and solid agains the menaces of time

My Africa is where my heart resides even when I am long gone and gar away, where my mind drifts to across the distance of a never – ending ocean

The real Africa can be smelt the minute you step off a plane onto African soil and feel the air calling you, beckoning your home

The real Africa is the chaos and the calm that exist side by side as honking cars zoom past on streets that run parallel to cows grazing peacefully in a field

This is the real Africa, the one they never show

This is the place I CALL HOME

With love ❤



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