Dear Africa by Michael Dei-Anang

I am on a mission to spark an interest in reading in Nigeria. So, I have decided to share a few of my favourite poems and excerpts from my dearest books to lure people back into literature. #ALiteraryRevival

Awake, thou sleeping heart!

Awake, and kiss

The love-lorn brow

Of this ebon lass,

Dear Africa,

Whose virgin charms

Ensnare the love-lit hearts

Of venturing youth

From other lands.

Awake, sweet Africa

Demands thy love,

Thou sleeping heart!

When the all-summer sun

Paints the leafy boughs

With golden rays,

Know then, thou sleeping heart,

Dear Africa stands

Knocking at thy door.