Silenced Voices

 

 

They try to silence our voices,

when we remind Afrikans of their story

They would rather we don’t

tell these tales of struggle and glory

 

They try to silence our voices,

when we let them know that we won’t submit

The force of our power is not something

they like to admit

 

They try to silence the voices

of dark skinned heroes

Amaqhawekazi esizwe

Bazokwazi uku thatha konke okusele

I am a victim of the oppressor’s tricks

An obstacle in his games

They can’t afford to have my words

pass though this page and into people’s souls

 

They hate it when you tell me BUA!

For I beckon the revolution closer

The mere sound of our voice

is making an uncomfortable noise

Our conversations threaten their sanity

 

They try to silence our voices

when we speak good things about our people

They call them primitive and simple

Forgetting…

the 1st universities were built by AFRIKANS

Maths and Science….AFRIKANS

Astronomy and the calendar….AFRIKANS

Pyramids and Ubuntu…..AFRIKANS

Why would they want a people

not to celebrate such great contributions

to human existence?

 

They try to silence our voices

When we tell them to respect traditions

and our customs.

But when they are in Rome,

They do as the Romans.

We Africans must accept this behaviour,

Embrace this…

total disregard of our way of life.

 

We Africans must take their foreign ways

And embrace them as our own

Elevate them above our own

and then call it civilisation?

I don’t see the sophistication

in a society

which abandons their identity

 

They try to silence our voices

When we tell our people to take their power

Tell them they won the war so they should walk taller

They prefer it when we are bent over like slaves

Any enemy likes it when you cower

So until we own it, the war is not over

 

They try to silence our voices

But it’s too late

You can’t make a people ‘unhear’

what has already been spoken.

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