Achebe And Mandela: Two Sides Of A Coin By James Yeku


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One gleamed with tales of proverbs
That mended history

The other called history
To a dialogue with conscience

Metaphors burdened with messages
Mantras brimmed with morals;

Two sides of a coin.
Each, an inscription of dreams
Fulfilled in the pages of freedom;

Each, seeking a Sahara of hope
And calling a people to a festival beyond self;

Elders transformed!
Now with a commune of watching ancestors
Grateful that these too lit candles in the hearts of mortals.

James Yeku is a writer and academic based in Canada.

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