Hail Mi Irieites,
The Ghanian poet Kofi Awoonor lost his life in the terrorist attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, along with a growing number of victims still being counted. Here is a prophetic excerpt from one of his last poems:
We are the celebrants
whose fields were
overrun by rogues
and other bad men who
interrupted our dance
with obscene songs and bad gestures
As the smoke clears, and the stories start coming out, like this one about the courage of a four-year old child, let us pause and consider the idea that the taking of an innocent human life is ever justified. It is not, and can never be. No god or God would ever condone it.
And it is when we think about the ideologues who masterminded this heinous act that we should remind ourselves to always remember our humanity. We are all born of One Love. Without this Love, we are no better than animals. Let us condemn all people who plot and scheme to kill their brothers and sisters in the name of religion. There is no glory or grace for these haters.
Let us pray, Mi Irieites, that the lives of these innocent were not lost in vain. There were people of all nationalities in Westgate mall. Let us honor them all.
Kenya, stand strong. The good people of this world stand with you. Let us unite and work together to defeat the purveyors of hate. Steel Pulse has always believed in the triumph of LOVE over HATE. Always and in all ways.
Jah Bless Kenya, and the innocents who lost their lives.