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Ghana’s Victory in Defeat: Suarez Gave the MIDDLE FINGER to FIFA

Sun, 4 Jul 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*(Dedicated to the Ghana Black Stars who debunked the hegemonic constructions of

African inferiority by showing the world during the 2010 World Cup that Africans

are as capable as any other “racial” group in the world. Long Live Ghana! Long Live

Africa! Long Live Nkrumah!)

**By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

The Black Stars of Africa

Thank you

Our pride of place

Africa’s heartbeat

Don’t be ashamed

Weep not again

You made Africans proud

You inspired the world

You will rise again

Like the gallant sun

After an eerily dawn

When darkness fights with light

Our Sahara will flourish again

Our Kalahari will blossom again

Africa’s Black Stars will rise again

The hand of theft

Uruguayan Luis Suarez’s

Middle-fingered FIFA

Punctured the eyes of the world

And ESPN commentators went silent

In the Western imaginings

Of warped inequalities

Of Africanizing inferiority

So the Western media crafted

Maradona’s hand of GOD

Luis Suarez’s hand of HEROICS

Thierry Henry’s hand of EVILNESS

The Uruguayan Luis Suarez

Six-finger hand

Suarez’s leprosy-ed hand

Waved at FIFA’s rule

Played Uruguayan backyard rugby

Middle- fingered FIFA’s rule

Saved a goal-bound ball

Bounding across the line

And the world cried

The Black Stars of Africa

Eclipsed other stars

Meteor-ed the globe

Africa’s Black Stars

Rose like the sun

Will rise again

Over the Sahara, Kalahari

Where mirage is gold

The Black Stars of Africa

Bring light to millions

Black light that eclipses

Overpowers Western imaginings

Of Black inferiority

Ah! Nkrumah’s vision

Of Black light

Pan-African empowerment

From the Nile to the Zambezi

From the Sahara to the Kalahari

Our cusp of the new horizon

Of empowering Africans/Blacks

Of Africanizing humanity

People around the world

Rose in unison

To behold the Black Stars

The soaring Black Stars

And we cheered, clapped

Birthing inspiration, hope

And our optimism petal-ed

An African bouquet of hope

The Black Stars of Africa

Illuminated the global horizon

Suarez middle-finger was lurking

Suarez middle-fingered FIFA

Punctured the eyes of the world

We cried

We wept

Avalanched by emotions

Our dam of hope broke

Cascades of tears drowned us

And we called on Mother Africa

Mother Africa is here

Ah! Mother Africa

Eternal Mother Africa

Mother holds us close

Mother comforts us

The Black Stars of Africa

Ah! Mother Africa

It is your new dawn

The cloying womb

With blackened chambers

Nourishes new life

It is our new beginning

The Black Stars of Africa

Thank you

Our pride of place

Africa’s heartbeat

Don’t be ashamed

Weep not again

You made Africans proud

You inspired the world

You will rise again

Like the gallant sun

After an eerily dawn

Our Sahara will flourish again

Our Kalahari will blossom again

Our Black Stars will rise again

**Akadu N. Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained oral

historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania with

her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In her

pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.