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Video September 6, 2022

Taleabong Boris Alemnge, Cameroon - #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Winner

Closed captions available in English, French, and Portuguese. Click “CC” on the player. Youth from Western and Central Africa were invited to send videos reciting the original poems about education to create awareness and engage in the discussion about ending learning poverty.

Black Sheep by Taleabong Boris Alemnge

I looked across vast fields and I saw a gentle shadow
Walking to my aid, eyes like a sparrow
Silently & without relent
She was charming in a pretty red dress
With a smile that melted the wool off my skin.
She told me her name was EDUCATION and she was my savior.

Oh! The gods had done me favor. I was a lost black sheep
Held in grips of poverty and ignorance,
Captured in cages of destitute and arrogance,
Education is a burning candle in a room void of light,
You can call her spring, winter, summer...
Yes! Education brings new seasons.

Her womb has seen the rising of great men; Einstein, Martin Luther.
The rising of great nations; Great Britain, Ancient Mali.
These names will forever remain like stars in our sky because education was their tower.
The absence of education sprouts nothing but wars
And sinks the world in oceans of darkness.

Trust me when I say
Underdevelopment is a pandemic, and education is the cure,
Ignorance is a lock, and education is the key
Education transformed me from a black sheep to a roaring lion.
Give education a chance, and it will transform you too.