African Girl Child

By Kenneth Maswabi

You rose up from the shackles of history
And represented yourselves
In the classroom of today’s most successful human beings
Against all odds, you succeeded
A beautiful example of courage and perseverance
A brilliant model for humanity’s monument of success
You were downtrodden, beaten and mutilated
By both culture and society
You battled patriarchal powers and monopolies
And destroyed the foundations of masculine dominance
Yes, you are still far from conquering the seat of power
But your bold steps are reverberating throughout the corridors of power
You have modelled yourselves into powerful packages of dynamite
Capable of breaking cultural and historical barriers
You are the true Nobel Peace prize winners
You are humanity’s last warriors

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