I am made for sweat,
Toil is my life.
The break of day my call.
Twilight finds my back bent over the crops.
The savannah, my playground
My sinewy legs straddle the brush.
The hunt straddles my shoulders,
The hyenas know my scent, they slunk away.
More than a dozen adoring eyes,
Randomly around the open fire,
Hail my entrance.
The fire that drives me,
Their full bellies and happy chottles, my mission
Little faces in my calloused hands,
A promise to propagate,
Earnest voices call ‘our Baba’.
My chest swells like a frog’s,
My mission spelled out,
Give my feet a lilt.
My fold’s full of rowing,
My heart bursts with pride,
Fields spanning beyond horizon,
Tomorrow is full of promise.
My crown, Mama Afrika.
Overflowing with milk,
The young are well fed.
Her laughter, her bellyful laughter……
For her I’ll haul down Kilimanjaro.