I dream and long for the home of Mandela..For I shall walk the long walk of this rose..
"Hape, hape, hape !"
The siren of love echoes.
Hape, hape, hape!
"Lerato" beckons on my wall as a bard.
Hape, hape, hape !
She breathes with the finest nose,
And I still call her, "Black Rose."
Far, far, far!
I dream and long for the home of Mandela.
Far, far, far!
I see my toes, dipped in beach sandy of Africa,
And Nelson asking me;
"Lebitso la hao ke mang?"
With his voice, buzzing as a bee
Lebitso laka ke promising song,
Dancing on the fields of Soweto,
From Nigeria touring round Africa,
With an elongated attire calling me Igbo.
Hope, hape hope!
For I shall walk the long walk of this rose;
When mercy seasons justice in this pipe –
Wherein African blood flows
To endless stream of African love:
Dinta will come for nwunye ya.
"A bu m nke gi"
Because you are the Queen of Soweto.
Thusa o Madiba !
For I';m lost to this southern rose…
Sotho words and phrases with their meanings
Lebitso la hao ke mang?: what is your name?
Lebitso laka ke: my name is
Thusa o madiba (Help o Madiba...Madiba is Nelson Mandela ancestral name).
Igbo words and phrase
Igbo: a tribe residing in eastern Nigeria,
Nwunye ya: His wife
A bu m nkegi: I'm your own
Felix Chibuisi Promise is a native of Umuchu, Anambra State, Nigeria. He is presently a 300-level student of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria.