Tuesday, July 28, 2015


TRADE NOT AID by Ayuba Napari. (TradeAID)

We yearn
Lo we yearn
To survive the storm so stern                                          
And blossom in life’s husky pact
And swim in what we earn

Like Marcus Garvey
“We believe
Wealth is power
Wealth is real human rights”

Like okapi we seek out
For the fern                                        
At our peak
Comes the selfless leopard
Who lured us into gullibility?
All in the name of trade

And turn to dole out aid
In sympathy
Confrère indeed
We need no charity
Aid us to trade
And trade with us fairly. 

                        By Ayuba, Napari. An ICS Volunteer with TradeAID Integrated, Bolgatanga

In the first stanza, the writer depicts the desire of all humans to be self-sustaining. The desire is expressed by the first line of the stanza “we yearn” and stressed on with the second line. The third line of the stanza goes on to depict the perception of life as full of challenges. The fourth and the fifth line express the desire more profoundly.

The second stanza stresses the belief in capitalism by referring to Marcus Garvey and his Garveyist principle. Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican born civil activist who founded The United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL) in the United States (U.S). His major proposition was for Africans and all black people to empower themselves economically. To him, this was the sure way in achieving real freedom of the black nation.
The fourth stanza illustrates the efforts to overcome the burdens of poverty. This is depicted in the first and second line as an okapi who strives for one (1) of its most valued staple the fern leaves. In the fourth line of the stanza, the writer employs sarcasm to describe how the hardworking labor force (crafts people of the North in particular) is made to believe that, the more fortunate buyer is in to business for the mutual benefit of all only to be short changed. This is illustrated in line four (4), five (5) and six (6) of the stanza.

The first part of the fifth stanza mocks at the insincerity of the more fortunate buyer who pretentiously provide charity by way of sympathy to the less privilege worker when he could undertake fair business to make them self – sustaining. The second part of the stanza which starts from line four (4) to seven (7), challenges the more fortunate in society to do fair business if they claim to be truly charitable. 

I hope you enjoyed it.

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