Dedicated to keeping his legacy of literary giant Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile alive, poets have participated in a number of events in his honour.
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DAY 27: “I am nobody’s nigger now
So you can tell Kanye and Jigga
I am not a nigger… in Paris
I’m not a nigger in London
I’m not a nigger in New York
I’m not a nigger in Kingston
I’m not a nigger in Accra
Or a nigger with attitude in Compton” – Dean Atta
DAY 26: “Earth’s honeyed milk,
wine of the only rib.
Now roll your tongue in honey till your cheeks are
– your world needs sweetening, child.” – Wole Soyinka
DAY 25: “We told of the times when we would kill
Goats, chickens and rams in the thick heat of an unyielding sun
To celebrate the union between a man and a woman
Or the arrival of a travelling friend
Or the peace given to those parted.” – Caleb Oluwafemi
DAY 24: “How long would it have to go on then
beginning with A and spilling over
into all the alphabets
before mother sister father child
could bear the same weight
in any faith, in any race,
be mourned with the same tongue.” – Inua Ellams
DAY 23: “Your sister is going to Europe.
Your grandmother wants to know if they speak English there.
‘Will they hear you ask for help?’” – Vuyelwa Maluleke