I Point My Fingers At You Oh Africa!

Funom MakamaStarred Page By Funom Makama, 28th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After a month of publishing medical articles, I guess it is time to pause and write something different right? I have been reading lots of poetry for the past few days now and I decided to touch that angle of writing. Some of my wikinut friends, after reading this would exclaim "FINALLY!" I really, do apologize for the densely technically written medical articles. I wanted to give wikinut some colour of technicality in medicine.

What About Africa?

So, what is it about Africa that I want to write? It is pathetic to observe a continent rich in potential (both natural and human), well endowed with resources and has the least occurrences of natural disasters, still left behind by the rest of the world. Africa is still considered to be a dark continent and all we, Africans do is blaming the west! Some years back, Bill Clinton was apologizing to Rwanda for not really coming to its aid during the Genocide.... But coming to think of it, why the genocide in the first place? Who caused it, is it America? We cannot manage ourselves and when things go beyond control we cry out to the west? Some say colonialism has ruined the originality and 'cultural decency' of Africa, but years and years after the exodus of our colonial masters, aren't we still serving them? President Hosni Mubarak and his family are believed to have made at least $50 billion during his 30 years as Egyptian president. Most of which are stored in world accredited Banks across the west. So, whose fault? The West?

Another pathetic region is Nigeria. Due to its embarrassing level of corruption, statistics have shown that 400 billion Euros (the same amount European Banks need to bring their leverage ratios close to those of peers, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports in 2012) have gone missing from the National treasury since its independence (1960) till date and just recently, there is a battle for a missing $20 billion oil reserve fund from the Nation. The same Nation which had a former military president (Gen. Sani Abacha) get away with more than $5 billion (more are still being discovered) and another former Military leader in Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida whom has looted approximately $15 billion and is still confidently walking on the streets of the nation, yet over 100 million of its populace are living below $2/day!

The human disaster that has enveloped the entire continent is an epidemic that has lingered for too long. How can we stop it? How can we make an effective re-orientation of the up coming generation (because it seems they may end up being worse)? The two poems published here would be focused (in summary) on these issues...... Coming from a heavy and very very pressed heart!

Wake Up Oh Africa!

It seems you are the only one left
and this is solely your doing
with no one to blame
and the rest,
definitely have no added advantage over you.
So stop acting weak
cos the Train
is already moving
with passengers determined for this journey.

Wake up oh Africa!
you get your independence
just to become a volunteer slave.
You live in a Mansion
yet have no place to sleep.

Stop acting like a bucket of Crabs
killing each other
just to get out
and copy the ants
united and networking
for a common cause.

You fight for just a coin
underneath the Table.
When on it is a box
full of this same treasure.
Despite knowing how to reach out
to its top,
you neglect such knowledge
and accept conflicts, violence and wars.

Settling for good enough
is worst than being bad
you blow your trumpet
when you make a step
out of a thousand more.
You show unbelievable contentment
to mediocrity and under-achievements,
but remember this!
Half a giant is no giant at all.

You have the breast plate
of protection
and all the arsenals to battle
yet you dine with the helms of poverty
and embrace the ambassadors
of all kinds of infirmities.
You walk around naked
and seem not to bother
oh Africa!
Do you exist to actualize all these negativity?

An expert of imitation
and a professional in copying
no wonder no matter your trys
you end up as number 2 at best.
Because you've neglected
the sweetness of your originality.

You milk your cattle
to nourish the west
you harvest your crops
to feed foreign stomachs
you stand on abundant humus
yet your leaves are yellow and dry.

Exactly what will happen to the ants
if their Queen puts
their fate on the lizards
is what will befall you
not until you wake up oh Africa!

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Benefit for all is converted for the use of a few
their pockets are included in national budgets
and their wants, top the country's priority list.
Oh even the Cock's raw corn
is highly coveted by the Cat.

An old plantain tree, preventing its suckers from growing
or a father, who frustrates the welfare of his family
is exactly the hell,
created by these money and power mongers

The political system
is all about a game of cards.
A particular clique
fixes their huge pipes
as the fatherland shrinks under no mercy.

Leaders they call themselves,
yet they invest on the hunger of their people
profit in the poverty of the land
and trade on all forms of artificial instability.

Acquisition of a generation's sustainability
turns out to be a hobby
as they still fight for the crumbs with the weak
and go for the meat, no matter how hot the soup is
disregarding those who cooked it.

The same citizens who once lined up
to give their confidence
which has now become a fatal sacrifice
are gradually reaching the wall.

So know ye this!
A hungry man is one that is angry
and when millions of angry men unite
nothing can stop their quest.

A people once treated less than animals
will hunt like vengeful kings
taking what is rightly theirs
marking a restoration, stained with blood.
Blood, far from innocence and purity!

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Africa, Capitalism, Communism, Corruption, Crime, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Embezzlement, Fraud, Global Politics, Money Laundering, Politics, Poverty, United Nations, World

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A medical Practitioner and a passionate writer. A proud published Author of 2 books, more than 2,000 articles online and 500 Poems!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Mar 2014 (#)

You are so right. The west should help but ultimately Africa must help herself too. There are parts I would love to visit and parts that I would like to visit but too afraid to go.

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Yeah, it is never too late Mark... Besides, you need not necessarily visit the insecurity-ridden parts of Africa, but places like South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania are worth visiting... A place like Nigeria for instance could be a good place as well, but you have to be restricted to just a very few cities (Abuja and Porthacourt for instance)... Thanks for your lovely comment

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
29th Mar 2014 (#)

This! This is powerful stuff. Thank you for sharing this!!

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks so much Phyl

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Mar 2014 (#)

A good read. Than you.

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Kingwell

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author avatar wonder
29th Mar 2014 (#)

A motivating composition, they should take cues from their desert neighbors however they have oil but Africa too has plenty.

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

I just couldn't agree more... Wonder... Thanks a lot for ur encouraging words

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author avatar Mariah
29th Mar 2014 (#)

I am so impressed by this Funom, just awesome my friend

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Oh Maria my dear friend... Thanks a lot. Ur words are encouraging

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Good morning, Funom, echoing Mariah, this was powerful. Two lines also stood out for me,
"Settling for good enough
is worst than being bad"
Angry yet apathetic describes many people who know the top of the food chain is corrupt and greedy, yet only have the energy and resources to focus on daily survival. Other stanzas in your poem reflect on uniting to change a situation, finding the resolve to change the situation, yet too many of those demonstrations of disillusionment and bitterness over the status quo end in violence and imprisonment and many are not willing to suffer what they might perceive as more injustice. Thank you for this.

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Marilyn... I really do not know how we, Africans would solve our problems... I am in so many facebook forums where young Africans (Nigerians in particular) come together to discuss Nigerian problems and the kinds of ideology they express is awful and pathetic.. We are so suppressed and butchered by poverty that even the youths now think there is no hope and the only way is to 'join' them. Its really a pity.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Written with deep feeling and fervor, Funom, you are multi-talented. Democratic countries elect their leaders who are idealistic to start with but get blinded by greed when they have the opportunity to put their fingers in the till. There are people like you who should be the leaders but is lost between the cup and the lip! The political waters muddy too - siva

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot siva... What more can I say? My heart is so heavy cos of this! Thanks a lot for your words

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Mar 2014 (#)

yes yes yes dear Funom...so true all of this...my husband used to go to Nigeria and he said it was the bread basket of the world until.....a most powerful piece this...

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Mar 2014 (#)

My One and only cnwriter... I am so glad u love my poems, considering you are the godess of poetry here.. So your Husband do visit Nigeria? Wow... It is nice to know someone has such good thought about my dear country! It is so unfortunate our leaders went outrageously too greedy, while we the compatriots became too lazy and content with the crumbs they throw at us, if not, I am very sure by now, Nigeria would have been millions of miles ahead of its present state. Thanks a lot for your contributions my dear.

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author avatar Lambasted
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Hurrraaaay! Dr. Funom is back with his poems... I miss your sweet poems Doc! Especially the romantic ones. But seriously, these two are lovely, so intense and true. I can feel your pain love. We do hope and pray Africa will change for the better. Keep it up Doc and thank you for sharing this blissful and rare work

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author avatar Funom Makama
30th Mar 2014 (#)

thanks a lot Lambasted

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Funom Makama
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern

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author avatar WOGIAM
1st Apr 2014 (#)

This article is a reality check, I wish any of the African leaders can read and think about it. Not likely the are busy filling their pockets.

Thank you for sharing and taking a stand.

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author avatar Funom Makama
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot WoGIAM.. I truly appreciate your comment

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Even I am amazed why a continent with such rich Resources and resourceful people lag behind. Yet there are hopes like the Mobile Internet revolution in Kenya and some other parts. And perhaps the people need to rise up and stop supporting armed groups and corrupt leaders.

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author avatar Funom Makama
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Oh Ptrikha... U said it all... It is exactly what we need. Thanks a lot for ur comment

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author avatar Leonards Onyekwere
29th Apr 2014 (#)

You are young and desire the best for your homeland which is an asset to your generation. Your writing is insightful and original, So, all I have to say is that the change you seek is the calling of your generation and it is a responsibility your generation cannot abandon. Peace brother Theophilus Makama.

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author avatar Pollyal
5th Jun 2014 (#)

you express your feelings so strongly...it really makes the heart ponder..very good :)

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author avatar Funom Makama
7th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Leonards and Pollyal... I really appreciate your good thoughts!

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