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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WHITE NEGRO (MZUNGU MWEUSI) A POEM BY JOHAN VAN DONGEN


WHITE NEGRO is a poem written by Johan Van Dongen and translated to Swahili by JOHN ODUOR ORIWO.

WHITE NEGRO is a poem written by Johan Van Dongen and translated to Swahili by JOHN ODUOR ORIWO.



Dedicated to all Africans, never give up



As an African dream
afraid
hold fast my hand
and the spot on which I walk on
doesn’t change
I watch back over my shoulder
looking into the approaching night
sneaky coloured darkness
of which I know it will not wait

Anxiously
it embraces me
immediately I know I couldn’t hide
for this cold black night
and without any understanding
the darkness swirls deep and deeper over me
surrounding my head
and almost instantly
that light was shining
telling me
after forty-two years of research
that I have found the lion
encaged as he was

And suddenly the searchlight penetrates my brain
to tell me not to live in vain
because I have found the key
thus no more seeking for the truth
while appearing from out of the blue
a voice which touches my ear:

“John the Baptist. I Am Here…!
John Hear Me Speak…
look what happened with David and Goliath…!
Look what happened, white negro…

Yes John…, you have found the key at last
the key for revealing the truth
and don’t look into the past
or think in vain
for I know the white negro
the white-skinned are to blame
remember
love will heal white negro
please do not be ashamed

Ebola, Obama, AIDS
Nazi’s, Rockefeller, CDC, WHO,
white negro?
What’s in a name!

Go white negro! Go!
hand over the key
to Ghanaian Journalist Joel Savage
and Ozodi Thomas Osiji
for setting free
the African lion
and Ozodi must tell the natives
to enclose the lion’s cage
telling the lion to fight
until the African soil
has returned to its roots
and to the native healers
for healing their wounds.”


WHITE SLAVE (Swahili) MZUNGU MWEUSI

Kama ndoto ya afrika
   uoga
yanishika  mkono
Na pale ambapo natembea
  Haina mabadiliko
Nikiangilia nyuma
Natazama giza la usiku
Giza lisilotambulika
Ambalo najua haitangoja
     Hofu

Linanikubali
Hapohapo najua siwezi jificha
Kwa usiku wa baridi na giza tororo
Na bila kuelewa
Giza laniingia na kunifunika
Ikinizunguka kichwani
Na ghafla bin vu
Mwangaza
Ikiniambia

Baada ya mika arobaini na mbili ya utafiti
Kwamba nishaupata
Simba asiyenyeshewa
Ufunuo akilini
yanihimiza nisiishi kwa ubatili
sababu nimepata kifunguo
Nalo ni mwisho wa kutafuta ukweli

NIkichomoka pasipo tambulika
Sauti yanifikia maskioni
Yohana mbatizaji,niko hapa
Yohana nikie nikiongea
Tazama lililofanyika Daudi na Goliathi
Tazama lililofanyika

Wee mzungu mweusi
Kweli Yohana umepata
Kifunguo mwishoye
Kifungu cha kutambuliza ukweli
Nawe usitazame ya kitambo

Ama ufilirie kwa ubatili
Kwa kuwa wee ni mzungu mweusi
Najua hawa wenye ngozi nyeusi
Ndio wa kulamiwa
Kumbuka

Upendo utatibu mzungu mweusi
Tafadhali usipatwe na aibu
Ebola, Obama,Ukimwi
Wanazi,ROckefeller,CDC,WHO
MZungu mweusi?
Nini kwa hizi jina
Nenda,mzungu mweusi,nanda!

Patiana kifunguo
Kwake Ozodi Timothy Osiji
Kwa kuwakomboa
SImba ya Afrika
Naye Ozodi lazima ambie wenyeji

Afungulia simba ngome
Ambia simba apigane
Hadi mcahnga ya Afrika iridushe mizizi
Kwa madaktari wa kienyeji
Kwa kutibu vindonda zao


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