WHEN I WRITE ABOUT AFRICA

When I write about Africa, do not argue with me about how I should feel about being African in Africa, do not ask me to be grateful for the bag of potato seeds you sent to my people who are victims displaced by your people. Do not remind me to be grateful for colonialism which bestowed upon us education and medicine as if my people never had teachers or healers. When I write about Africa, do not ask me to focus on the wrongs of my people. 50 years into self rule, my people have a right to be troubled. They have a right to hoard up resources in fear. It is the trauma that we so often ignore that would explain the corruption and the greed. Our trauma is unspoken, our fears have no voice and our pain has been loc...

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