I AM AN AFRICAN – by Wayne Visser


I am an African
Not because I was born there
But because my heart beats with Africa’s
I am an African
Not because my skin is black
But because my mind is engaged by Africa
I am an African
Not because I live on its soil
But because my soul is at home in Africa

When Africa weeps for her children
My cheeks are stained with tears
When Africa honours her elders
My head is bowed in respect
When Africa mourns for her victims
My hands are joined in prayer
When Africa celebrates her triumphs
My feet are alive with dancing

I am an African
For her blue skies take my breath away
And my hope for the future is bright
I am an African
For her people greet me as family
And teach me the meaning of community
I am an African
For her wildness quenches my spirit
And brings me closer to the source of life

When the music of Africa beats in the wind
My blood pulses to its rhythm
And I become the essence of music
When the colours of Africa dazzle in the sun
My senses drink in its rainbow
And I become the palette of nature
When the stories of Africa echo round the fire
My feet walk in its pathways
And I become the footprints of history

I am an African
Because she is the cradle of our birth
And nurtures an ancient wisdom
I am an African
Because she lives in the world’s shadow
And bursts with a radiant luminosity
I am an African
Because she is the land of tomorrow
And I recognise her gifts as sacred


27 Responses to “I AM AN AFRICAN – by Wayne Visser”

  1. Avery!
    I was sitting up way too late blogging, and ran across your blog! So weird! Anyway, nice to know you have a blog. I do too, of course! Love that poem. Awesome.

    I’m going to link you!


  2. This is lovely, Avery!


  3. Avery, this is just beautiful. It captures so much of what I feel about Africa. I hope you don’t mind but I’ve copied it to my blog also. Should you wish me to remove it, please just say the word and I will. In the meantime, thank you for sharing it with us.


  4. Oh, Avery thank you so much! I love this. I really thought God had led us to adopt from Ethiopia and we were led to China. I know we can not adopt again after we get little Feng home. But I just can not get Ethiopia out of my heart.

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  6. Hi there, thanks for posting my poem. I’m glad it resonates for you. Africa get’s into the blood and the spirit …

    Wayne Visser

  7. beautiful poem, keep it up

  8. great poem, please check out my book ‘Conversations with a Blackman’s God’ http://www.amazon.com

  9. Amazing!!!!!!!!!

  10. (website opening in about a week!)
    I love Africa! I live in the USA now, but I have never let go of the smells, sounds, sights and songs of Africa. You have totally captured the Africa of my heart and mind in your poem. Thank you for hearing your soul and sharing it with all of our souls. I wish someone would write music for it!

  11. Dear Wayne:

    I did not know you were also a poet ! Are you the same Wayne Visser that I know through socially responsible investing ? Wonderful poetry !!
    I read a story about economist Noleena Hertz which mentions that you know her. Is this you too ?

    Her work sounds great and compatible with mine. I would love to cotact her .If you do know her and can do this it would be great.
    Anyway, I wanted to catch up and seem to have lost your e-mail, Cheers Hazel

  12. Hi Hazel

    Yes, the one and the same, on both counts :). I am not directly in touch with Noreena Hertz, although I notice she follows me on Twitter, so you could probably contact her that way. Noreena is a critical voice much needed in the capitalism debate and I think she complements your own thinking nicely. I will email you so we can catch up.

    All the best

  13. i am mostly inspired by your Poetry, what you write brings me inspiration, you are the source of confident, you bring passion to my life “my soul is at peace in Africa” you make me know the meanings of Africa . i am and will always be an African…

  14. Thanks Ian. I’m glad the words resonate.

  15. My dear frind Wayne, you are such a great writer and your poem has inspired me to sing a song smillar to it. Do you mind if I do? Then I have a question,”Who are you by citizenship”?
    I have an idea to sugest because I you can make it.
    Why don’t you write massages to be passed over by musicians please?
    Thabnk for that great poem and as an African I feel at peace.
    For any contact to be required, please use my E-mail on face book thank you.

  16. Hi Moses

    I am happy for you to use this poem (and any of my other poems) in your musing or singing. I was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in SA, am living in the UK and have dual citizenship – SA and Dutch (from my father’s side).


  17. simply amazing…

  18. I love your poem and would love to use it at the end of one of my assisgnments for a counselling course i am on. Would that be ok?

  19. Thanks Lika and sure, no problem Yinka, so long as it is properly attributed.

  20. Wayne N Says:

    Hi Wayne:
    Great poem! Thank you for putting into words what I feel in my heart every day. I spent 9 years in Kenya and Zambia and am currently working in the DRC. From the first day I set foot on Africa’s soil I felt like I had come home. Everytime I return it is a homecoming. Although we are now living in Canada, my blood is mixed with Africa’s blood as represented by our two beautiful sons. I will share your poem with them and they too will recognize their spiritual home. Thanks again.

  21. Hi Wayne N, I’m glad the words touched a chord. Africa has that affect! 🙂

  22. Hi Wayne, I came accross this site as i was looking more into your poetry. I work for an NGO that promotes literacy through technology and I wanted to share this moment from a recent project we did in Tanzania where kids from the standard 6 class were reading from e-readers for the first time -and you’re poem was the first english book they choose. Very Cool and very awesome!! Thank You so much

  23. Vanessa Courtenay Says:

    Hi Wayne,
    My daughter is currently busy with a South African Poetry Project. She has chosen two of your poems, A prayer for Africa and I am an African as her subject.

    She is really fired up and broke away from the list of Poet’s given to her by her teacher, so she has a lot to prove.

    We would be extremely grateful if you have the time to jot down a little information regarding the analysis of these poems, in particular I am an African as she has to write a two page analysis. (A prayer for Africa is being illustrated in the form of a collage of photos)

    I do believe we will be able to get the rest of the information we need from your website.

    Gosh, I realise this is a huge request, but we would be extremely gateful!

    Kind Regards

  24. Priscilla Says:

    great poetry. It captures everything about being an African,dis messages resonates soo well! You are amazing poet, truly love this

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