One of the most powerful young poetic voices coming from Zimbabwe is Lancelot Muteyo who has often shared his work focused on peace and environmental issues.
This piece was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Organisation of African Unity now called Africa Union on the 25th of May 2013.
I grieve in sadness
The loss of black identity and pride
Drained by the forces of imperialism, capitalism
Nepotism and corruption.
I weep in anguish
The fatality of black arts and crafts
Pregnant with imagination
Now drained by technology.
I bewail in despair
The demise of black culture
Disseminated through the wisdom resident in old age
Only swallowed by the global village.
I lament in mourning
The casualty of Black Kings;
King Mzilikazi, King Lobengula, King Chibatamatosi
Kings who were driven away by the colonial driver.
I mourn with ferocity
The death of black power,
Communal power and belonging
Traded for the Eurocentric nuclear family.
We shall tussle
Until we greet the rising sun that day.
When black will mean bold
Beautiful and bravery.
Lance writes: This photo was taken during the first Zimbabwean Carnival, well it was not exactly a carnival but just a street festival to market Zimbabwe as a safe tourist destination against the background of bad publicity given to our beloved nation as a violent country. Our son is called Adriano Kundai Muteyo. Kundai is a Shona name (My language) which means victory. It is in honour of all the challenges and hurdles we faced and conquered in our journey of life.