Script Excerpt: Ode to Africa (Scene 6)

Abra:  Ode to Mama Africa. Mother of All Civilization, Creation, Black Nations. I worship you. Fall at your feet. Your dark black feet. That walked the earth since the beginning of time, those cracks are bloodlines. Your soles ground me. Laying the foundation of We

Felicia: 1440…Taken from the shores of our homeland, Africa.  Taken from prosperous and regal life of Egypt, Nigeria, Cote d’ Ivoire, Zimbabwe and all of our other nations.  50 million lost.  Stricken by disease, death, hate and dying hope…we fought, we died, we cried.  Suffering immensely and asking why? And when will it end.

Aisha: Africa, oh Africa. My Africa. Born of your bosom. Seed rocking in your cradle

You have birthed us all.

ALL: (But where exactly did I come from?)

Meida: They tell the stories of our Nubian Ancestors. Of Egyptian Kings and Queens. Of Pharoah, of Cleopatra, of Nefertiti, of Shaka Zulu. Of Sheba’s Queen

Abra:  Arrival…strange lands.  Where was mother Africa? The sunset?  The rhythmic drums to which we gracefully danced?  The fertile land of fruit, color, life, togetherness? We wonder.  Questions echo in our minds.  Why are we here?  Where are we going?  And who are these strange, pale-looking people who speak these strange tongues?

Felicia: Africa, oh Africa. My Africa…My Africa? I don’t have the history. Though I know (because I’ve been told) that I was born of Nubian kings and queens. Where is the crown that was supposed to be handed down to me?

Aisha: Africa is always warm, becuz you are the sun. I wrap myself in your warmth. In kente, in mud cloth. I bathe and bask in your glow. I make love to your image. I look in your eyes and see queens. I see the African sun, many moons ago. Ooooooooo Mamasita Africa. Your beauty, your history. Your locs, fros, cornrows, are braided into the fibers of jazz, of hip-hop. I run my fingers through them. I oil them, make them shine

Meida: I see you.  With your deep coco, amber, beige, copper ebon eyez. I see you. Strike out caged beasts of no nation, immaculate creations.

Abra: No dark continent are you. But what exactly are you then? A murky puddle of memories I cannot see? A symbol of place and pride and land BEFORE…

ALL: (Before what?)

Felicia: What exactly came before, Mother Africa? (Is it alright to call you that?) Your Afric children displaced are struggling to know what you should mean to us now…Are you the holding place of my story? The stories and stuff of black America’s fantasies?

Aisha: I want to see my reflection. I, You, He, She, Us, We. I want to inter-loc arms as one natural, Nubian nation. Children of the most high, my Mama Africa.

Meida: I see you.  Rise, rise up.  It’s time to change the channels.  The rebellion is near, are you prepared?  Grow your hairs nappy, learn the meaning of the daishiki!  Cut yourself a hot piece of the struggle: brother, lover, father, uncle, friend.  The Black Power Movement is back: It’s tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

ALL: I am Africa

Abra: I square my shoulders. Lift my head. I am a proud Queen

Felicia: I am the creator of pyramids. Of science and mathematics. My home is gold. Is diamond. Is oil. Is the birthplace of man

ALL: I am Africa. All praises due?

Aisha: Our imagined homogeneous Africa does not fit her heterogeneous realities.

Meida: If you gave me an unlabeled map, I would not be able to locate your discrete nations.

Abra: I am ignorant, Sweet Africa of your anatomy

Felicia: Your arteries and veins, your organs are mysteries to me


Aisha: Yet I continue to invoke your name in romantic stories of kingdoms and empires that I use as my legacy


Meida: Yet I call recognize you as family.  Do you even know my name?

Aisha: And if you do know my name, will you call me soon?

Felicia: And if you do call me soon, will I mistake you for someone else?

Abra: Because there are so many peoples and places that you could be, that you are…
Felicia: Can I know you in those other spaces, identify you in those other faces?

ALL: I think I can, I hope I can, I know I can (Repeat)

[Sound: Track #11 begins (Fela Kuti / “Beasts of No Nation”) dance]

[Women end in a clump at downstage right.  Track #11 ends.]

Aisha: We lay claim to the names bestowed upon us. What are our names? Our cultural memberships? Our marks of shame? Our marks of empowerment?

Abra: And where must we say them? Where is it necessary to call them onto ourselves in order to be recognized? To recognize ourselves, doing battle with the name, but also loving it

Meida: Wearing it like a dress that needs letting out every now and then.  Wearing it like a coat with holes that need patching, productive patching

Felicia: These bodies, these names are in constant circulation. Doing the work of recognition, of silence, of invisibility, of what these bodies are connected to here and now, and then and there, and elsewhere. In the passing of this moment, who am I now?  What is my name?


One response to “Script Excerpt: Ode to Africa (Scene 6)

  1. Certain Fast Hard Cash Financial Loans
    This facility ought to be repaid by your future payday or else you are most likely to invite major late costs.

    This plan features you the significantly essential hard
    cash to take care of expenditures that are unable to wait around till the
    up coming income. Because of to its quick expression character its curiosity price is comparatively higher
    than other common financial loans. But you can
    get the feasible level of desire by extensively exploring on
    Web. As there are various on the web lending entities that
    offer this fiscal assistance.
    September 29 is Global Espresso Working day. It is a coffee lover’s dream occur correct, as numerous establishments which include seven-Eleven, Caribou coffee, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme Donuts and McDonald’s provide cost-free java.

    The United States, Canada, Malaysia, Ethiopia and England rejoice the
    getaway on this day even though other nations celebrate on September 12 and March 24.

    As with any financial conclusion you make, you should examine the terms and seem about for the greatest specials.
    There is no requirement to ensure to you to go forward and get the personal loan, the elimination of needless nonsense and
    want to cut down the chance of the web site.

    Poor credit rating, significantly less than best
    credits or no credit? Regardless of what be the case,
    fast dollars financial loans no credit history verify can assistance you.
    Brief funds loans are accessible to anybody aged 18 or
    older, presently operating in the United kingdom,
    that receives paid out direct into their bank. You
    also need to have a Uk bank account that has a debit card.
    You can implement for an quick choice bank
    loan on-line, no matter if you are a tenant or a home
    It is pretty correct that we want the really like and the affection
    of our family members customers if we want to direct a life that is
    whole of happiness, contentment and peace but it is
    also legitimate that a spouse and children is bonded together with
    one a different most critical points and that is
    dollars in hand for the achievement of a variety of
    requires. If you are falling shorts of this funds then there is suggest
    no will need for you to worry, as you just need to implement for immediate text loans.
    By heading with this fiscal company, the borrower can get wished-for sum of income for use.

    One of the well known forms of a bond loan is the bad credit bond mortgage.
    People can apply for a poor credit score bond bank loan when they require quickly money to include their rental bond payment.
    People can also just take advantage of this option to substitute their
    aged cars. They can consider advantage of making use of for negative credit rating bond loans to
    fork out for the auto bond payment even if they have small credit history
    scores. People today who have to have to shift to a far better
    household or get a new motor vehicle but shorter of income and are however paying
    off some money owed really should contemplate getting negative credit bond loans.

    In addition to that, bond financial loans are getting popular use since the software strategies are faster than obtaining financial loans from financial institutions.
    Undesirable credit history bond financial loans can be uncovered by Internet lookups.
    Lending internet websites offer a quickly and quick way to get cash in 24 hrs.
    If debtors have to have $1000 to shell out for a rental bond, they can just go on-line and look for
    for the most effective give in the block. Soon after evaluating delivers, they can get the ideal three undesirable
    credit history bond financial loan gives and begin reviewing the terms and situation that the loan
    companies offer. If would-be borrowers have a issue about the terms
    and circumstances of the loan, they must not hesitate to
    shoot an e-mail inquiry or give the loan providers a get in touch
    When it arrives to obtaining a private bank loan as close to immediately as attainable, and without the need of the luxury of any collateral, the finest solution is a payday bank loan.

    But there are outcomes that really should be taken into account, and
    compromises to be made. online loan online loans

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s