Author’s note: This poem was inspired by a public lecture delivered yesterday by Kenyan nobel prize winning writer and Professor of English, Ngugi wa Thiongo, entitled: “Secure the base: decolonise the mind”
The map depicted in the image above illustrates how large Africa is in terms of space in comparison to other major powers. It is also blessed with a wealth of resources yet Africa remains one of the poorest continents in the world. It is still primarily the dark continent in terms of electrification. As a continent that was colonised by many European countries while its people became victims of slavery and oppression, there is a school of thought towards freeing our minds from colonisation and reclaiming our identity and place in the world.