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THE YCEO: Young Ghanaian Poet, Gabriel Opare Blames American Pop Culture For The Cultural Decline Of Africa

Young Ghanaian Poet, Gabriel Opare Blames American Pop Culture
The poetry book The Face of Poverty Is Black & Other Poems is described on the blurb as cosmically living words painted with the zeal of color and effervescence and the poems, electric. The Face of Poverty Is Black & Other Poems is a script on the modern statusquo of dependency.
The poet thinks the ethnic cultures of Africa are depreciating with every new trend popularized by American pop culture. Under the most threat is oral tradition. In the “internet age”, parents don’t talk to their children as much (and as well) as they used to. This is having serious consequences in Africa as oral tradition and ethnic histories are being watered down and social identities are being reconstructed by western standards.
Because of the decline in oral tradition, a growing number children don’t learn the language of their hometowns or know the histories of their ethnicities etc. African cultures are slowly creeping towards a dangerous detrition. It is with this passion, having noticed that Africans are becoming more Americanized by the day, than Africanized that led the poet to capture this in his poetry book, The Face of Poverty Is Black & Other Poems available on Amazon as paperback or kindle : https://amzn.to/2Xod1Kk
The poetry captures the popularization of American pop culture to every nook and cranny of the world and its corresponding decline of local African ethnic identities. Have you ever pondered that the culture of your small ethnic group is gradually being chipped away but you are more interested in foreign trends? Yes, even traditional Masaai boys wear fancy shoes during their ritual coming of age ceremonies nowadays.
The Face of Poverty Is Black & Other Poems, written by Gabriel Opare further encompasses a range of other subjects from betrayal to love and romance, history and even ironically, poetry itself. The poet, Gabriel Opare’s bio on Amazon declares he is unsatisfied with the current evolution of poetry and prefers the classics to more instagram-ish poetry. He is 21year old poet from Ghana and The Face of Poverty Is Black & Other Poems is his first poetry book. Here is an excerpt from the book
Shrouded by the veil of obscurity
But still uncovered and plundered
By a ruthless foreign culture
America
America chases the villagers in wild visions
Of those who possess sufficient courage to dream
Where the villagers reside
Is no longer sweet and chaste
It is bound by irons
Ravished by judgment
Detained by the standards
My beautiful village
Is haunted by the scourge of death
And the supremacy of American ways
But my beautiful village
Didn’t cause the heating of the earth
Or raise the ocean tides

OF THE DISAPPEARING FROGS

It is a cheery little biota
That imbues color in my day
When I can see the grass and air and earth
Contorted in a spry array
The fairies of nature float on every air
Bathing between the lime grasses
Bleaching the earth an ebullient fair
But every scrawny pretty specie
In such a sluggish manner
Is slew by a mean plague
Climate change
So there’s nary one left to play
Dancing with me in the flora
The golden frogs have gone away
And el valle is in the nude
What may die from there next
The air, the earth and grass?
That carols to my soul alas

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