She is a cultural reference in Angola and her poems show the fight for the independences of her country. Alda complaint in her texts the poor labor situation that angolans lived in colonial age. She stands out for her politic influence against portuguese.
And after of all
Im the same
Free and slender
Aternal daugther of the rebellion
I won. Mother Africa!
Viola Allo (Cameroon)
She belongs to the new generation of African poetess. Her poems talk about the African exile and spreading to United States. One of the most important poems is "Leave Bamenda" and it reflect the homesickness for her land and her African roots.
But, where is the gate keeper?
I’m dragging the flow of Africans,
people whose old stories and limbs weaken as
they emerge from Africa’s pierced belly.
Sitawa Wafula (Kenia)
She is one of the others young poetess whose personal experience as survivor of a rape she found on poetry a way to share and express her feelings. Also, Sitawa is an activist that looks for giving visibility a big trouble as mental health in Africa through her organization "My mind, my funk". One of her most popular poems is “A little more”.
She cries, but she doesn’t want and not look like that she is going to finish
But she has to be serene
She needs having a clearer head
Waiting that the day finishes.
Noemia De Sousa (Mozambique)
Noemia is considered as one bigger African poetess. Her poetic production had a big influence in whole generation of writers and poets. In her lines we can find the exaltation of the mainland, African values, protest and complaints.
You hit and threat me
Now I up my head
And I screamed: "Stop it!" You condemn me to the eternal darkness
Now my African soul is lighting
And I find out the cheat and I screamed, hundreds of times
Screamed: Stop It!
Ijeoma Umebinyou (Nigeria)
Umebinyou is a woman that challenges the word. She defends women reproduction rights and the role of women in policy. She is considered a feminist who looks for with her poetry to move the soul of readers.
So, here you are,
Too foreign for home and
Too foreign for here
Never enough for both of us