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Africa Awake
(February 12,1958 / Dagauda, Bauchi State, Nigeria)

Africa Awake

Arise O Africa
And shake off thy nonchalance
Kites are missing
Missing are eagles
Why don't you sound alarum gong?

Arise O Africa
And purge your indifference
Carpenter ants are almost extinct
Extinct almost are hawks
Why don't you sound alarum bell?

Arise O Africa
And rid yourself of detachment
Rabbits are now rare sights
Rare, becoming are antelopes
Why don't you sound alarum flute?

Arise O Africa
And rid yourself of dispassion
Displaced are gourdwares
Gone are jute and sisal ropes
Why don't you sound alarum tambourine?

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Awake! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.