By Joel Basoga*
For God and my Country
These are words embodied in our nation’s Creed
But only right here in Uganda Does our government export electricity?
When 25 percent of our own do not have access to sustainable energy
Only right here in Uganda Do we send out Doctors to fight Ebola in West Africa
When our very own Mothers and sisters Cannot afford healthcare for a pregnant woman?
This is Uganda
Home of the Rich home to the wealthy Home of well paid But at the same time,
Uganda Is home to the poor,the deceived Home to the deceived and
home to Natural disasters That has left our People in Bududa in need.
Some say our Country is embodied in Hatred and tribalism
But there lies Kampala Kampala the City of Brotherly Love
Where regardless of one’s background A child can hope to make it. 4
This is Uganda
Home to the Yellow Bananas
Home to the green shatters and white picket fences
But my youthful people do not recognize the air that I breathe
They do not recognize the crested crane that is our emblem
Our Young people quote these power figures
They want to be like Barrack Obama Our ladies walk Like Kim Kardashian and talk like Michelle Obama
Forgetting the richness and purity of my Nation
Photographer: Ibrahim Batambuze
*Mr. Joel Basoga is a well celebrated Poet and team leader of Azania club of music, arts and poetry based at Uganda Christian University (UCU). He performed the above poem at the just concluded Grand Azania event on February 27th at UCU which was well attended.