African Writers’ Corner
2011-03-31, Issue 523
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They come with cheque books
And impeccable suits
Are impressed with their charm
And are happy when they say
“We are doubling aid to Africa”
We wait for their benevolence
Which like Godot never arrives
With a smug look on their face
With lorries, cars, trains, ships and planes
Full of Africa’s resources
They ship them back to us
A few months later
A little value addition
They tell us its civilisation
Impressed with their charm
Care not to know
That they, our benefactors, have been reaping our harvest to feed us
(Written on 9 August 2009. Women’s day. I m so not pro-aid)
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