If you are a patriot and you are an objective observer, this piece is your new favorite write-up from the UnBorn Album. Welcome to this week’s episode of the Mwene Friday Poetry(MFP) series. There are a lot of things that people say about the Northern part of Malawi and its people. Everyone is entitled to opinions so am I. This is the 10th poem according to the tracklist of my album and it’s one of those pieces I love immensely. Before I even waste any of your time, let’s jump straight to it! Enjoy the read.

The Boy From Misuku

Written by Joseph Daniel Sukali

I'm a Northman… From the furthest end of the country
Where the hoes are taller than one's limbs
The neglected and forgotten part of this beautiful country
The Tanzanians treat us better and support us more than our own government
I'm from the most forestry reserved area
A place where the languages are numerous more than every other region combined
This is a place where you don't see children abandoned by their fathers
Single mother headed homes that are rampant elsewhere, are taboo here
Family ties are held firmly and we are all related here when we dig a bit
This is why when in diaspora you will never see us abandon each other
You may call it selfishness but it's our family code, The Northern Code
Never let mwanawakwithu suffer when you can help
We believe in the power of unity
It's not nepotism when we put mwana wasibweni on a job with the hard-earned flying color qualifications
You see that's the difference.
Where I am from, we work tirelessly to get a good education so that we can work for this country that ignores us
While some of you ignore this education and go work for a country whose people despise your country and you as a people
You don't properly educate your children and expect them to get the same jobs our sons and daughters have sacrificed 20 years for?
You are such a joke. So before you start calling a Northman, a selfish, nepotistic citizen, be sure you understand where we come from
Understand the many years of being ignored and the subjection to chronicle poverty and under-development
I won't talk of how the whole region has no descent airport
Or that the most decorated government institution building is the reserve bank or the prison on the other corner
That's not my focus.
But I need you to understand that a Northman is just a soldier with too many bullet holes.
His pride comes from a place of struggle
Not all was made for the Northman, he had to strategize and go snatch it
It's not a joke that I and my brothers were motivated to work hard in school just to see Blantyre
You see our Northern capital is the same size as a street in your capital
So bare with us sometimes when we get overwhelmed when we walk your streets
Where I'm from its just forests and mining companies trying to exploit our minerals
We are from the jungle so the code is sacred
We leave no brother nor sister out
For we still feel like strangers in this part of our country
Regardless of how much control we have
From the Flames, the Queens, and any other circle that the Northman dominates
We still feel like our essence is under attack
There's too much envy and jealousy in an effort to discredit our credibility
It's like everyone else is battling to put us under
When we are busy fighting hunger, ignorance, and inequality
The most ironic part is that while we fight for justice, they fight against us
Why can't we fight the common enemy and enjoy the fruits together?
You see, this antagonism is the reason I came prepared
I know you will have negative things to say about me regardless of these facts
You will still want to make fun of my people and project your hate on this too
You know what, you’re welcome, but the truth still remains and I hope it hurts you more if your bitter heart is not willing to change
We have faced too much already and there is nothing that would surprise us at this moment
We have learned to work twice better than an ordinary citizen in order to get the same opportunity
But I hope you will one day wake up and appreciate the Northman
His gifts and overflowing talents
His contribution and his sacrifice
His pride and patriotism
His intellect and work ethic
I hope you will look beyond the too dark skin and the untouchable dialect in the languages
Till you realize that, you will never enjoy the fruits of the roots from the spirits of the northern forests
So When they ask you where I reign from_ you must tell them:
The thick bushes of the north
Where we drink sour milk on the mountain top with the ancestors
Where the asangoma still lead us in sacrificial prayers in crisis
Where we still call and chase the rains with word of the mouth
Where people have mastered the art of witchcraft
They would have your skeleton disappear and leave you a pile of flesh and blood
And When they ask you who I am_you will tell them:
I am a prophet sent by the forefathers of the Northern Hills
I'm a medium linking the living and the dead
I'm a believer in witchcraft and a gifted intellectual 
I'm a believer in the one creator but not a Christian nor a Muslim
I'm a believer in the source energy and the ancestors
I'm a global citizen, African-Malawian
I'm a north man
I'm a boy from Misuku Hills

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Joseph Daniel Sukali is a Malawian freelance writer, blogger, award winning spoken word poet and a mental health advocate. Some of his works have been published in the Best “New” African Poet 2020 ANTHOLOGY, Writers Global Movement (WGM) magazine and several other local and international magazines. He is also a contributor to an online library Good Literature Malawi, columnist of Malawi Talents Magazine and editor of Love Feast Magazine. Sukali has authored and published a book "Dealing with a Heartbreak: Therapy for the Broken-A Health Relationship Guide”. He is also a co-author of a poetry anthology "Whispers of Beating Hearts". His 2020 spoken word album “Wonders Of My Perception” is available for free download online. The 26 year old is a holder of a bachelor's degree obtained from Mzuzu University. Apart from being a wordsmith, Joseph Daniel Sukali is currently an employee of Emmanuel International Malawi and he is also an ambassador for Maphunziro265 Malawi.


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