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The Boys in Africa

I couldn’t believe in time travel until I realised it was simply being explained the wrong way. Numbers and fancy science sound smart but look around you it’s all in your face.

Heritage and culture are vital. It is shameful to forget these principles, if you do – you are lost and we won’t waste time letting you know. You’re African bro, you need to behave like It, sound like it and be proud of it.

There are no boys in Africa, only men. You need to provide bro, there’s no time to “find yourself”. Come to the city, up the street and downtown the gents hustle. Your friend might make a fortune and you cannot afford to fail. One way or another, you need that money bro.

BOOM! It’s Globalization all up in your face bro. Hollywood and Wall Street have taken over. “While I had no money I still had Sauce. If you ain’t got no sauce then you Lost”. So we run up to the College to get these degrees – but we can’t even afford these fees.

It’s no use writing these truths, or even having the consciousness to see it…because as along as I cannot get the rhythm and beat, I’ll never afford something to eat. The Boys are into Fashion these days mama, success is measured by Instagram Likes.

I’m beginning to feel out of place and unwelcome, because I started treating women with respect and they started calling me weak. I tried to help prevent the same fate for the next generation and then my grades fell…but for some reason it came with no regrets because I don’t want to gain the world while losing my soul.

O’ mama, maybe if Daddy never left us the boys in Africa would have had a back-bone, a role model to hold onto, a prototype to imitate. But I guess he too was lured by the changing times, the freedom to follow his dreams, practice his Constitutional rights and “Find himself”. And then you had to work overtime to school us and win-some-bread.

You left us home with a gift though, entertainment on television to keep us happy. That’s when Lil-Wayne became a father figure and Facebook my playground where I downloaded so many friends who wished me happy birthday – none was there to share my cake…but that’s nothing new, it’s just the life of The Boys in Africa, “Thank you Tata Mandela”.

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    • Thank you a lot more than 10 times Frank…I’ll continue writing and with what you have just told me, I will believe even more that I will get what I deserve 😊 thank you

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    • Exactly. It’s a harsh climate out here. That’s why I say, there is no time for one to “find himself” …the freedom of ‘frivolous-youth’ is overshadowed by the need to escape poverty…the need to “Keep up with the Kardashians” and also the need to mature into a Strong African man

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  1. Hopefully, one day the tide will turn and African boys will be allowed to be boys until they grow up to become the men they can be… You are so right that a big problem is the lack of good role models.. We become what we live through childhood as our parents are our first and most important teachers.

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  2. Africans are great human beings struggling to rise above poverty and thus make their land beautiful . Awell written post .congrats.
    I have visited south Africa and it i beautiful .

    Read my posts and let me know about yours,

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