Three African poems that critically capture colonization on the continent

Nduta Waweru July 24, 2018
Photo: Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

They say Art reflects life and during some of the intensely violent periods, African poets have produced works of arts that reflect the situation.

Usually, these poems take different angles and tones. While some opt for the satirical take on issues such as colonialism, neo-colonialism and traditional outlooks in life, others focus on their anger, protesting these issues.

It was not strange for these poets to get in trouble with the government and even corporations they chose to criticise. Some have been put to death and others have been injured in one or another.

Even with these consequences and the rampant censorship by the governments, these poets became a voice of the people.

Here are some poems that highlighted colonialism in Africa. 

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: July 24, 2018


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