Today I Stand

 They call it “spirit of ignorance”, I call it spirit of UBUNTU. Humble as ever I am aware of my value. I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet. I am not just an “African Woman”, I am storm with skin. They may call me a baobab tree that can never be destroyed even by John Cena himself. Well guess what, that stands to be an up rise not a demoralizer. Why? Because that defines my boldness as an African Woman.

Buy the shoes, drink the wine, order the desert and I will still eat my sadza and greens just to show you the beauty of my African side, my struggles that have shaped me.

I am not afraid to use my voice, my thoughts, opinions, and ideas are just as important as anybody else’s. When I speak, I speak with purpose. I’ve got the courage, I am confident, I am always true to myself, and I live my life fearlessly. My voice has greater power and I am not afraid to utilize it when needed. I am not an angry black woman, I am woman who has something important to say. My voice matters because I am an African.

They broke the wrong parts of me. They broke my wings and forgot I had claws. I am black, I am African, I am beautiful, I am intelligent and I am enough. Society doesn’t define me. The media does not tell me who I am. I come from overcomers, the true definition of strength and perseverance. Therefore, I will accept nothing less than that for myself.

I was asked why I was proud to be African. And I said: Watch me walk, watch me move, watch me overcome, listen to my voice. The sway, the resilience, the innovation, the raw, unfiltered and untouched soul I have cannot be touched.

Never forget that rock n roll was invented by a Queer Black Woman.

  BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE YOU…………………………

By Buhlebenkosi Mhlanga

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