African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

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Serenade

A Swahili love-song from the East African coast, and probably the best known and most widely admired of all Swahili poems in translation. Like Mwananazi, it is associated with Liyongo, the Swahili national hero.

O lady, be calm and cry not but sing to your suitors.
Sing to those who guide you and to the discerning passers-by

To a Young Lady

An Igbo poem from eastern Nigeria, consisting of a series of metaphors for the beauty and the goodness of the young lady who is being praised.

Young lady, you are
A mirror that must not go out in the sun,

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African Poems