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A view of Kigali's business district. Rwanda's capital.

On April 11, I shared this post on Facebook based on an Al-Jazeera article about the peacekeeping efforts of General Anyidoho and his troops during Rwanda’s genocide. When the international community turned away, the peacekeeping contingent of about 450 young Ghanaians stayed behind with their leader. Why? “We…

We danced. For months on end.The tango, the waltz, even salsa’d it upAmidst the swirling shadows, intoxicated by tuneDaylight? T’was always the dark we cravedGrinding against each other – wanting, denying, no sleeping tonightHeavy breaths in sync, bass tempo till lightStaring. Breathing the other in. Intimate, strange.Enveloped, conspiring; tearing…

Grand plans.That’s what we had.Of where we’d end up, how we’d end up, when we’d end up.I mean, we said “let’s leave it to Allah, let’s wait and see”.But really, the levers in our mind had long clanked away.Breaking news:I will never be Ghanaian, African [insert whatever label]…