Africa’s Child

Annie Spratt-fe6aa126

Child of destiny, child of promise
Child of opportunity, child of hope
Child of miracles, child of dreams
Child of purpose, child of grace

Child of destiny, child of promise
Child of hidden gems and untapped treasures
Child of unbridled power yearning release
Child of crouching greatness waiting to spring

Child of destiny, child of promise
Will you rise and will you shine?
Will you stand shoulder to shoulder
And at par with your peers
In the committee of nations tall and strong

Child of destiny, child of promise
Will your dreams and ideas matter?
Will you have a voice in rooms of repute?
A place of respect at set tables
Hoisting the African flag
And brandishing the African dream

Child of destiny, child of promise
Or will your present be turbulent and your future truncated
Will your dreams be buried in ash and rubble
Of wars, fissions, ethnicity, and hatreds
Of bad governments, misplaced priorities, misguided loyalties, and white elephants

Child of destiny, child of promise
Will you battle the unseen demons
That imprison the continent
Keeping her bowed and burdened
Unable to arise, stand tall, and shine

Child of destiny, child of promise
Will you throw down the gauntlet
And go to knuckle boned battle
With the demons and entities that conspire against you
Seeking your repression, depression, aggression, and regression

Child of destiny, child of promise
Will you take your future in your hands
Or trust in an uncertain fate and unclear future
Will you wait for miracles, freebies, and handouts
Or create the Africa of your pride and dreams

Child of destiny, child of promise
Africa earnestly awaits your unveiling
A generation strong and mighty. Destiny’s true children
Making an impact. Moving mountains
Creating value. Standing tall

Child of destiny, child of promise
Don’t be sidetracked. Don’t be deceived
By those ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing
Pretending friendship and comradeship
But seeking to sow internal discord and enmity
Planting and nurturing seeds of disunity
Which when fully matured topples the tower of destiny and success

Child of destiny, child of promise
Stand tall. Stay strong. Rise up
A generation of ancestors holds you up
Seeking your success and your good
Go forth and conquer, be victorious and win accolades
Let the world hear your roar
Never settle. Never stop

© Faminu Imabong, 2022


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