The skewed education system baptized me a
conformist and sentenced me to the prison of
Taught me an alien history whose pencil drawn
borders are aligned with bureaucratic immigration
officers and travel restrictions.
Made to admire Europe and America but loathe
Africa- disarming my ethnic pride in the process.
I ventured into the world with my degrees- lacking
practicum, equipped with enough theory to preach
to the streets and roam from one building to another
like a beggar hoping to snug a corporate seat at the
The rigged education system waves the blood
stained banner, “Education for all” while others
languish on the uneducated corridors.
Knowledge is shoved down the throats of students,
evaluation is based on mugging up aptitude but not
Joy of learning dissipates with time- a haunting
through the corridors of academia.
Students are threatened with the formal passage
of excellence; also the dark alley of failure.
The dishonest education system promised him
that knowledge is power.
Wrapped the graduation noose around his neck
and pushed him to a world where it’s no longer
about transcripts and certificates but strong ties
His parents beamed with pride because he didn’t
end up like the stereotypes that they painted
with the colors of disparagement.
“Uneducated black man” or “College dropout”
He was their prodigal son of academia.
The modern education system awarded me a
special accolade on the world stage- a life time
achievement in unemployment and rendered
A robotic 9 to 5 with papers stapled on my
corporate skirt like a leash…
i stood amidst the proverbial stereotypes whose
business knowledge superseded my textbook
knowledge- owners of companies far more
prestigious than the institutions i attended.
I found a new mentality under the scorching sun.
I wrapped my degrees under my arm and embraced
a flexible, non-conformist type of education that
encompasses research, passion and self employment.