Lest We Forget Who We Are

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 Source: Okofo-Dartey, Samuel


Our breed is not the lowest stock,

A blessed nation no one dares mock

In our diversity lies a unified block.

To the sceptics, our rise shall be a welcome shock

All these we must be proud of

Lest we forget who we are.


At bay must we keep our petty jealousies

And reckon our lives and others are precious.

To the refiner’s fire our straw animosities

In exchange for golden virtues

Which are eternally priceless.

All these we must crave

Lest we forget who we are.


To the nation the best of our service

Though great is the price of sacrifice,

Determined are we without prejudice

To forge a nation of great influence.

Let’s limit the excessive dependence

For the sake of our independence.

In progress we must dine with peace

For in war we perish without global presence.

All these we must strive to achieve

Lest we forget who we are.


When tribalism embraces strife

And our hearts seek counsel without love

Then in doom our lives are signed off.

Little can we achieve

If elected leaders appear deceptive.

It is too late to make an archive

Of failures. We must thrive

Devoid of corrupt tendencies to survive.

All these we must in heart resolve

Lest we forget who we are.


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Columnist: Okofo-Dartey, Samuel