[Efya x Getaway]


Let’s steal a car, and travel through Africa,

From the unforgiving deserts to the white sands of Madagascar.

Let’s leave our lives and just go,

Buy whatever we need from the side of the road.

Let’s battle the Sahara for the food in Dakar,

Or maybe Alexandria if you prefer that rather.

Let’s watch the sunset behind the pyramids,

And watch it rise again from the eye of a minaret.

Let’s wake up to the dance of a peacock.

Transfixed, we’ll stand and watch,

The beauty of a continent spread before our eyes.

Hidden from the people by their busy lives,

Tainted by their vice.

I hear the lions are cool in the savannah,

Make sure the monkeys don’t steal our food whilst texting your mother.

A parrot told me the Niger is rich,

We could find diamonds in the belly of a fish.

Today we meet the Hausas and they sing us praise songs.

Tomorrow the Ashantis welcome us with a rhythmic gong.

From the Masai we’ll learn the secret of the herd,

And if we get lucky sell a house to the Touareg.

I want to experience the traffic in Lagos,

Visit Timbuktu for the knowledge they’ve got.

We could really do with some saffron in Fez,

Count the stars from a rooftop in Marrakesh.

Let’s steal a car and runaway from nothing,

Cruise towards something.

One day I will do it Boubou,

I just hope it is with you.


Written by Hakeem Adam

Inspired by Efya’s “Getaway”

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A young man ready to seize the world, Hakeem is a Psychology and English student at the Univeristy of Ghana (Legon) and an alumnus of the Achimota School. A self-proclaimed "staunch audiophile and bibliophile" he enjoys lisening to all music genres - from hard rock to bossa nova - and draws inspiration from it. In his words, "It serves as a canvas upon which his art, writing is based. In addition to his Op-Eds and Features on Circumspecte, Hakeem writes poetry and flash fiction on his blog and loves reading biographies, history, poetry and progressive fiction.

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