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    African Writers’ Corner


    Deborah-Fay Nontokozo

    2011-03-31, Issue 523

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    Poor Africans
    Are impressed with their charm
    And are happy when they say
    “We are doubling aid to Africa”
    Women ululating
    We wait for their benevolence
    Which like Godot never arrives...'

    They come with cheque books
    $30million smiles
    And impeccable suits

    Poor Africans
    Are impressed with their charm
    And are happy when they say
    “We are doubling aid to Africa”
    Women ululating
    We wait for their benevolence
    Which like Godot never arrives

    With a smug look on their face
    Walk away
    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

    Poor Africans
    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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    Great writing! And such profound truths! How are we ever going to get ourselves out of this perpetual cycle of dependence?

    Nonhlanhla @ POWA

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