African Born

Do you see us? We are African Born!

Exploring the many ways in which we search for belonging through the shared creative experience.

African Born is an ongoing project where people are invited to explore their sense of belonging within South Africa through music, drama, visual arts, and multiple language settings inspired or set to the poem, African Born (C. Ontong).

African Born

Do you see me?
I am African Born

My skin dark night sky
Eyes stars
Illuminating life
I play amongst Jupiter’s rings
World at my fingers
Metal rivers at my feet

Do you see me?
I am African born

My skin earthy brown
Hair grows tall to greet the sun
Dances with the wind

Do you see me?
I am African born

My skin light, rose-like
Buds bursting from my cheeks
Eyes crisp pools in summer
I jump and splash

Do you see me?
I am African born

My skin gold swirling honey
Mouth buzzing
Heart racing
I seek adventure

Do you see us?
We are African born

We are rainbows on pallets
Rich earth to sky
Deep roots to freedom
We are a kaleidoscope
Of dreams and promises
We are together
We are African born
We are African

Together, we are stronger

10

Teachers

4

Schools

250

Participants

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