MY ANATABAN-ZINDUKA FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE: Three Languages Spoken in East Africa

By Jon Pen de Ngong

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​THREE LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN EAST AFRICA
 

Three languages spoken in Rwanda

French

English

Silence
Three languages spoken in Tanzania

Kiswahili

Kiswahili

Silence
Three languages spoken in Kenya

English

Kiswahili

Virulence
Three Languages spoken in Uganda

English

Kiswahili

Virulence
Three languages spoken in Burundi

French

English

Violence 
Three languages spoken in South Sudan

English

Arabic

Violence
Three languages to be spoken in East Africa

Kiswahili

Kiswahili

Kisalaama
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THE EASED AFRICA I WANT

 

They exercise evil

And exorcize virtue.   
They canonize the killer 

And demonize the healer.

          

They keep the dogs urban

And treat their pups urbane 
Where thieves elect pretty chiefs

For chiefs to lynch petty thieves,
Where terrorists 

Dine with tourists,
For it’s East Africa.

It’s no eased Africa,
Where proletariats 

Become electorates,
Where nationalism

Is less than tribalism.
The leaders polish their cars human

But treat their drivers not so humane. 
They kill all 9-year-olds;

They heal 90-year-olds.
They oppose slave trade

And impose slave tirade.
They demote anti-corruption commission

And promote anti-commission corruption.
What I demand is not this Africa in the east,

I want the whole of our Africa that is eased.

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