Africa Bound.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Johnson-Redd, Larry Ukali
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754368
Full Text: Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd ( has a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies (University of San Francisco), a M.P.A. (Golden Gate University), an administrative credential, and a M.A. in Educational Administration (San Francisco State University). He is also the author of The Black Expatriate in Africa (1982), Journey to the Motherland: From San Francisco to Benin City (2002), History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry (2003), Loving Black Women (2006), and Long Distance Love (2010), an autobiographical love story about a struggling writer-school administrator who travels to Nigeria after a 24 year absence.

In the context of Long Distance Love this poet, writer and school administrator sits in his principal or site leader's office and dreams about returning to Nigeria and writing a new novel. A good Nigerian friend then decides to introduce him to his niece in Lagos, Nigeria. The relationship blossoms online, through the telephones and through letters. Ukali travels to Nigeria for the first time in 24 years to meet his lovely fiance to be. While he waits and goes through the finance visa process, he writes some of the most beautiful poetry ever written while professing his love to Ese. Ese is younger than Ukali. Eventually a visa is given after 4 years and his young fiance arrives, only to get cold feet and returns to Nigeria.

While in Nigeria Ukali flies to his beloved Benin City and upcountry to a village called Ubiaja in Edo State in Nigeria, 80 miles up country where he runs into twin politician friends whom he had not seen for 24 years. What a friend's reunion! How do you think this story ends? One will need to read to the conclusion to see how this autobiographical love story of an African-American and a Nigerian unfolds. The book and other resources by the author can be accessed at: athrdpsr1?encoding=UTF8& search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Larry%20Ukali%20Johnson- Redd page/videos/ index.html?profile id=39945499&profile name= Ukal2003&user id=39945499&username=Ukal2003
Africa Bound

   The world is round
   But I am Africa Bound
   I can hear the sound
   And Blacks are found
   Once again to
   My Motherland
   And always home
   Of the Black Man
   May my story be told
   My homeland of gold
   My people of old
   Where it's hot
   And rarely cold
   Going in a family way
   I will arrive
   Later today
   To meet sweet lady

   Bound for African Glory
   Flying past the island of Gory
   May my roots be found
   I am African Bound
   Hoping to see
   A few old friends
   Looking to see
   Some brand new trends
   On a jet full
   Of beautiful Black faces
   Taking off to Africa
   Full of cultural basis
   Going home to unite
   With my Sweetie
   Home, Nigeria I found
   I am Africa Bound
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