IMAGINE

IMAGINE

A shared vision is not an idea.

It is not even an important idea such as freedom.

It is, rather, a force in people’s hearts,

a force of impressive power…

Shared vision is vital for the learning organization

because it provides the focus and energy for learning.

(Peter M. Senge)

 

When Africa became independent,

We thought Africans would be free.

When the colonialists left Africa,

We gladly reasoned Blacks would rule blacks well.

 

How doomed, how wrong we were.

How naïve our thoughts, our expectations;

How disillusioned and warped our yearnings,

For those who sold slaves, are busy looting the treasury!

 

Africa produce heroes, she bred many heroines,

Black men, African women have always done great.

But of leaders and rulers on the home front,

Africans seem not to find, safe for despots and tyrants.

 

When shall thy pride come, oh Mother Africa?

For how long shall thy treasured children

Build the cities and wealth of other nations,

Leaving fallow, in decay, the land of their fathers?

 

For how long, oh Mama Africa, for how long

Shall poverty, nepotism, corruption and disease,

Cover the land from Cape to Coast, camp to camp

When shall Africans know freedom as ought to?

 

Imagine Africans singing deep from their hearts,

My country tis of thee, my land ‘tis of thee,

Singing true songs of freedom, songs of liberation.

Not in the Diaspora, but freely at home in Africa.

 

To every man there openeth

A way and ways and a way

The high soul climbs the high way,

And the low soul gropes for the low,

And in between on the misty flats

The rest drift to and fro,

To every man there openeth

A high way and a low

And every man decideth

The way his soul shall go.

 

Imagine Africa climb the high way,

Imagine Africans departing from the low and the flat,

Imagine all Africans enjoying the fruit of the land.

It is our shared vision, our deep imagination, our dream.

Look to Africa, for there a king shall be crowned!

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