Poems in Celebration of Black Africa
Poem - The African Child Will Dance
An Economic Development college student now based in the United States, 22-year-old Natasha Muhoza (pictured) of Rwanda recently released an African pride-filled poem called “The African Child Will Dance,” featured below.
The self-described “writer, poet & artivist/womanist and Rwandanist-Africanist Lawyer-in-Training” recently spoke about her love of her homeland, after having one of her poems featured in a collection.
About the importance of writing poetry, Muhoza said, “I carry with me a sense of duty to my country and I have a natural inclination toward literary works.
“Writing is the best way I can live with myself.”
In “The African Child Will Dance,” Muhoza describes the Africa she knows:
POEM: MY BLACK SKIN
POEM: MY INVALUABLE ‘BLACK’ LIFE
Born and raised in Jamaica, I am pursuing my Master of Philosophy in Chemistry Degree and the focus of my research is on extraction and the characterisation of natural products from various species of plants in the Genus Pimenta; these are plants known to have medicinal properties. I am very passionate about social issues and believe that it is my duty to help fix the various ailments of the Jamaican society where I can. Therefore, I dedicate my time and energy to volunteer work or just educate Jamaicans about Black history (especially the ancient Egyptians) so that they can find out who they are, rise out of the victim mentality, and simply take charge of their lives. I have received several awards, including national recognition for my community service activities. In the year 2011, I was awarded the Governor General Youth of Excellence Award for the parish of Westmoreland in Leadership and Achievements. In that same year I was given another award, which is the Governor General’s National Youth of Excellence Award for the county of Cornwall. Subsequently, I was recommended to serve as a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Westmoreland and was installed in August of 2012. Consequently, I am currently one of the youngest serving Justices of the Peace in Jamaica.
POEM: YOUR SILKY, POWERFUL BLACK SKIN
Christian Djimra Koumtog was born on April 7th, 1984 in the capital of the Republic of Chad called N'djamena. He is the 5th of 10 children on his Father's side and the first of five children on his Mother's side. Christian has dabbled with modeling and soccer, and he tried out professionally for the MLS for the Kansas City Sporting but now he is dedicated to Poetry. Christian's sense of activism is an everyday matter, from the way he carries himself to writing and promoting this beautiful art called "Poetry. " Recently, Christian has been performing as a way to reach out to people As a Poet, he not only wants to convey what he feels but also express what you, the reader, feels.