Oh Africa.
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: 306754369
Full Text: Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd (ljredd52@aol.com) 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: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt athrdpsr1?encoding=UTF8&search- alias=digital-text&field-author=Larry%20Ukali%20Johnson- Redd

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Oh Africa

   Oh Africa
   Which one you day
   Oh Africa
   This is our day
   When will we
   Unite for African People
   United States of Africa
   Every African treated equal
   The power is in Black Hands
   On all African Lands
   One united Africa
   On our lands and Islands

   No more work to rule
   Every African child in school
   Every family, 2 houses
   Every house has 2 browsers
   So we must unite
   When we feel it's right
   For the destiny of the Black Man
   Unite the African
   May time finally come
   Africa, unite and be number 1
   Our ancestors will celebrate
   When our work is done
   Africa oh Africa
   Which one you day
   Oh Africa unite
   When the time is right
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