Thursday, August 23, 2012


I’ve lived through history,
Like creation itself you can call me a mystery,
I am the mental definition of existence,
For every single event in history I’ve witnessed,
I was there when the first ever homicide was committed,
When jealous Cain struck and his brother Abel was smitten,
I was there when the younger Jacob cheats on his father,
To wrongly get the blessing with consent of his own mother,
I was there when the Pope virtually owned the Bible,
So they could manipulate it for the own survival,
I was there when Europeans sat together in Berlin,
And divided Africa and the people therein,
Then they pillaged her mines and defiled her soil,
Then they labeled our way of life and culture primitive,
I was there when a madman by the name of Hitler,
Established the Third Reich the sadistic tickler,
I was there when someone only fit for a tomb,
Ordered the annihilation of thousands through atomic bombs,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Revolution Will Be Twitterized

Oh how the mighty have fallen,
The bastions of dictatorship in Tripoli, Cairo and Tunis,
From the nice ones to the West like Ben Ali and Mubarak,
To the not so nice ones like Gadaffi,
Yet people power is no respecter of persons,
Neither of political allegiance to the ‘international community’
Yea, in the history of the oppressed,
The oppressor just doesn’t know what hit him,
 When the oppressed can only take so much shit,
A light shines forth for black Africa,
Arise and shine, for indeed the light has come,
The comforts of the burgeoning middle class have to be forgotten for a while,
And the needs of your fellow man put in the fore,
That stupid trending topic on twitter has to be shelved,
And revolution has to be embraced,
For indeed the revolution will be twitterizised!

(c) Muthee Mwangi

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Big Man Never Loses

Who ever said democracy has taken root in Africa?
Trying to import it here is like shipping ice to Antarctica!
And who said power corrupts? It is just sweet
Ask Gbagbo in the west or Kibaki in East
And of course there is that little matter of the Big Man never losing

Mathematics is a misnomer in this part of the world
You may have the most votes but the big man still has the final word
Those are just meaningless numbers to raise hue and cry over
Though to be fair it might be a cue from the Bush-Gore affair being done over
And of course the big man never loses

Was it Octavio Paz who said this thing called democracy is not like instant coffee where you just add water?
Here we have added even blood but our democracy is still in the gutter
And with friendly envoys telling us how progressive we are getting and then telling their superiors that we are as good as doomed
We do not need enemies to remind us of our gloom
And yea, the big man never loses….of course


Monday, October 11, 2010

My Poetry is Boring

 How can you still be doing Afro-centric poetry in the 21st century?
Aime Cesaire lived in another century
And so was Leopold Senghor
Frantz Fannon too
And revolutionaries like Che Guevarra are from another era
Marcus Garvey and Nkrumah Kwame as well
Your poetry is stuck in time
Slavery is a long forgotten crime
Write about technology, Facebook and MySpace
Don’t you think romance is even more chic?
Your poetry is boring
Time and time again I have been told

Yes, my poetry is boring
Because it bores into the depth of your consciousness that you’d rather keep tucked away
My poetry is boring
Because it reminds you of where you came from
And the sacrifices made so that you can be where you are
My poetry is boring
Because it has gritty political undertones instead of soft language like in Mexican soaps and telenovellas
Yea, it is boring
Because it talks of corruption in the aid industry funded by western governments
Instead of talking about the kid I read in the papers adopted by some celebrity
And other good news like scholarships and green cards offered by benevolent western governments
Yes it is boring, really really boring
For Cesaire, Senghor, Garvey, Kwame, Mandela and even Bob Marley were daft to think that the African could be redeemed
Yes, they were stupid to think the black broad nose was beautiful, instead of the hooked nose of our Caucasian celebrity idols

But why shouldn’t I talk about all these?
The Holocaust, driven by some mad Nazi lasted only a few years
But today talk of how Israelis are oppressing the Palestinians
And all you get is a cold look asking, doesn’t this buffoon remember the Holocaust?
Slavery took hundreds years, and so was colonialism with double brutality
Yet you want me to forget this African heritage?
And why shouldn’t I talk about corruption in the aid business
While the largest chunk of aid money finds its way back to the source countries
And the rest in the pockets of our corrupt leaders
Who in return provide space for a foreign army base
Or a conducive economic environment for multinationals to come milk local industries dry
Yes, my poetry is boring
But am going to drill it into your head
Until you realize that development goals, bureaucratic visions and strategic plans,
Can and will never be realized by sitting back hoping for the best
But should be driven by a collective consciousness on where we are from and dreams for which others died for, unrealized…….

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Cry For Africa

Once upon a time when Africa was pure
When we didn’t have to rush to Dr. Frankenstein’s cures
Our mines were not pillaged nor our soils defiled
Our culture was intact and our morals refined
We lived peacefully in genuine brotherhood
Before some of our brothers were ferried into alien hoods
We didn’t pay no taxes and a strange term was inflation
We didn’t have checkpoints for there was no immigration
Nor were there walls like between Israel and Gaza or the US and Mexico
Everyone was welcome even from the ‘civilised’ nations
What we didn’t know is that they were bent on invasion

And indeed came the Europeans to better things for us
To teach us the bible and remove the pagan in us
Never mind in the process we also got robbed of our land
But now look at Africa we’re just a confused and divided mass
And we can only reminisce of our glorious past

Africa, the cradle of civilsation lags behind in everything
The great Zimbabwe caves, the pyramids, the great kingdoms ruled over by noble kings
Yet we have sold our souls and pearls have been cast to the swine without a pork chop in return
What our forefathers fought tooth and nail and resisted to the bitter end
Top be shipped into servitude in Europe and America
Today we are willingly doing by getting into rickety boats and in the process dying by the thousands in the Mediterranean

Whatever happened to the proud African race?
Whatever happened to the soul and spirit of Africa espoused by Kwame Nkrumah and Marcus Moziah Garvey?
Whatever happened to the tribal dance around the fire where HIP HOP was born?
Mc Mic on the mike crying for Africa
Reminiscing the days when Africa was great……….before the self hate!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


They say it started way back in 1619/
When ebony colored men left their continent/
To go, see, feel, the land of the civilized/
Pale colored men who regarded themselves as fully Christianized/
The blacks were treated well and their black skins idolized/
But it took less than 20 years for their true colors to materialize/
They said, if these niggers worked for us, wouldn’t our profits increase in size/
After all even the Bible did realize and recognize/
That rich men had to have servants to add to their merchandise/
Thus began the rounding up of Africans from and wide/
Fellow blacks working for the white oppressors for a minimal prize/
And so the greatest atrocity in human history was in gear high/
Yet the African seed is one that can not be mollified/
The proud African race always held its head up high- dignified/
It spawned great men here in the motherland and in the Diaspora despite being victimized/
Waiyaki wa Hinga, Koitalel arap Samoei, Mekatilili wa Medza fought for the rights of the black man and for which they died/
Booker T Washington and his kind and like/
Educated black and colored children to enhance their pride/
Marcus Garvey envisaged an African paradise/
Kwame Nkrumah dreamt of a single African enterprise/
Martin Luther King Jr used peace to fight a system that did not want all races equally quantified/
Elijah Muhammad had his nation of blacks who were Islamized/
And Nelson Mandela spent years in prison to see his people free and their land unoccupied/
Yet again we have sold our souls and pearls have been cast to the swine/
I am watching CNN and from the south of Spain they are reporting live/
Scores of black bodies have been washed ashore by the sea tide/
And they are bloating right there under the sun by the seaside/
My heart misses a beat and for a moment my feelings die/
I gasp and look up to the skies/
And loudly ask myself, are we back to 1619?

My City

The feeling is great, with the finger around the trigger/
As the chamber empties you really think you’ve grown bigger/
The hapless figure writhes in pain as life from him slithers/
Forever to be missed by loved ones to whom only memories linger/
On you move looking for the next target terrorizing the hood/
When she appears from her late night job and stops at the site of the face in a hood/
Which without a second thought and with total disregard for bad and good/
Proceeds to violently abuse the very institution of motherhood/
Is this what civilization bequeathed to my city/
Cold blooded animals wielding guns and machetes/
Homeless urchins trying to make a buck/
The lost generation who never had the luck/
To know their parents and now abandoned and forgotten/
They have to survive, through means legal and illegal, to free themselves from the net that caught ‘em/
They are not our problem, we think as we pass around the ball/
Of the pitiful blame game and drop it as quickly as we get them like hot coal/
We frown at their lack of education, while it was our collective failure that they didn’t get one/
Others may have got it, but employment was just but a painful distant mirage/
The role models we could look up in the society are as corrupt as they come/
Their fuel guzzlers juxtaposed with the garbage heaps where the homeless set up camp/
They make laws that virtually criminalize every unemployed youth/
Regardless they never set up frameworks to cater for them after school/
The disillusioned plunge head on into crime/
The ill-advised quickest way to make a dime/
Their human feelings neutered as they get mired in grime/
Friends, neighbours, brothers turn into human savages/
And become uninvited shareholders in your hard earned monthly wages/
Then finally the police bullet with them catches up/
Felled with their positive energies completely untapped/
And we now celebrate the definite peaceful nights and sleep/
For the great gangster has been dispatched into eternal sleep/
We forget he was just but a stage in the vicious cycle/
For a more lethal dragon springs up and spreads its tentacles/
And the problem we thought we eliminated never seems to come to an end/
Foe how long are we going to kill our young people/
When we could have molded them when still young and supple/
And cared more about their future and not only when campaigning for political office/
But for posterity and responsibility to suffice/
Is investing in the youth so much to ask/
Is affordable education too difficult a task/
And so is with making employment opportunities not so scarce/
For sure crime doesn’t pay/
But someone has to lead the way/
The proverbial Moses to part the waters of the Red Sea/
And open the eyes of the youth and make then see/
I don’t have the faintest clue as to who that person is/
But a look into your mirror migt shed some light into this/