How do we erase the idea that nestles deep
In the collective consciousness of people, that keeps
The inferiority complex of the colonized perpetuated
Is passed through generations, the shame that’s never dissipated
Three-quarters of a century spent as a nation free
Colonialism continues to feed our psyche
Where privilege, class, education synonymous remain
With English, we are conditioned to look with disdain
At our own languages, as if to express
Ourselves in the “vernacular” would make us less..
Less sophisticated, less modern, less capable
Of achievement, of being valuable
Because value is a property of that club exclusive
To which belonged our colonizers, we aspire to their way to live
Why is it so hard to change the narrative?
Why do we not more credit give
To who we are, or who we could have been
If colonization for 250 years we had not seen
So systematic was the erosion of our self-esteem
That successive generations have not been able to redeem
Our pride in our culture, pure and unadulterated
It’s time to change how our success stories are narrated..