Bright Ofori, University of Ghana
I am reborn
I am here to tell a story
A story of the love we share
A tale of a bond impossible to break
Here I am still dazzling as diamonds.
There are pains of chains
There have been shackles round your feet
But here I am to love you still
To tell the world how proud you make me
Only with your smile.
I smell the breath of your breeze
Your loving arms caress my soul
You are my ivory, you are my gold and my civilization
Here I am to love you more than I ever do.
I have heard rumours
They say you are ugly and poor
They say you are cursed and tattered too
But I will love to be cursed as you are cursed
Let me be tattered just as you are
Here I am to love you for giving me my soul.
Only a smile when the storms strike
Only a sigh when I feel giving up on you
Let me tell you of my vow
Let me pledge an allegiance that can't be broken
Here I am proud to be called an AfriCan
Yes, because I CAN
I have you engraved in my heart
I have you embossed on my soul
Here I am to sing your praise
Here I am to tell the world
I love my Africa no matter what
And that is my only smile.