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Unity in diversity.

Unity in diversity.
O fatherland, melting pot of variegated cultures,
Of differing folks, looks, views, tastes, creeds …;
Africa in miniature, with countless local customs,
With plants and animals the pride of the region,
Do you really have a unique cultural identity?

 



Nature carved you into an armpit niche
Of your dark-hued mum whose myriad treasures
You boast possession of in super-abundance:
Riches that entrance, teeming tribes and tongues;
Sure you hosted hordes of Babel in days of yore

Your plethora of local song and dance rituals,
With awesome sound, colour, styles and rhythms,
Your benefits untold - divers arts and crafts,
Verdant greens, host to nature’s potent herbs,
Exotic wildlife and flora in pristine habitat,
Abundance of cash and food crops your mainstay,
Rare cuisine cornucopia sedating your embattled folk,
Edifying oral lore at odds with new gods in vogue …
These keep beckoning tourists to berth on your shores.

That you provide safe haven for children of the world
In a context bereft of warmth is of sterling measure;
That your official tongues keep your children at ease
On a globe where languages command is real power.

Plenty precious pearls in all known states
Your soils hold, gracious Mother Nature’s boon;
Only, polished greed rears head every other day
Garbed as goodwill with high orders to hoodwink.

O Fatherland, of leader-cynics who work like visitors;
Who, harnessed to trappings of ice-fisted power,
Who made feckless by buffer of grinning chirping fawns,
Instead league to loot and despoil the commonwealth;
How can such stewards ever say they paid your due,
When their stint but steered you into sharp-toothed waters?

Only your natural diversity shines of its own accord;
That blissful blend of sight and sound is all there is
To show for this much touted national integration;
Unity become chimera gets ever more elusive,
As word and action at variance only birth anger
And breed nostalgia for the past and thoughts of schism.
VANTA

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