[The Meandering Paths of Segun Akinlolu] is good,have a look at it!
There will be no justice for the millions of hapless Africans
Shackled and tortured, irreversibly damaged,
Silenced and murdered, on the slave routes,
The harrowing pain and abuse suffered by those who made it over
Continues to haunt their children and extended offspring
And yes, lest we forget, insignificant Eric was one of them.
Who will cry for you now? Who will get your due?
A million online campaigns will not,
And CNN already closed your chapter in a brief, symbolic, staged debate
You are small fry, though,
In a world of inequity, controlled by the rich and the powerful few,
The owners of endlessly networked corporations,
The ones who make a profit from each conflict,
Who sell the guns and the bandages; train the doctors and the snipers,
Fund groundbreaking research and create new diseases
New vaccines and cures which must be sold, be sold, be sold
The shadowy men who hide under the guise of philanthropy
To inflict pain, disease and death on others,
The tech barons who support the development
Of agro-seeds that do not re-grow
Who, with their celebrity friends, love Africa more than the Africans
And who, one day, we will celebrate as saviours
Due to our communal blindness, greed and selfishness
Oh, and let us not forget their agents –
Homegrown collaborators and gene-bearing returnees,
Set upon the land like locusts at harvest
You, who rape your mother at night and massage her wounds in daylight
You will get away with it; it’s written in the books.
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