by Duduzile S. Ndlovu
Living longer than ever possible
Racing to be favoured by life’s breasts
White saviours murder
Constructing intractable railways
To take home the spoils
Laying up streets of gold
Preaching we will find ours in the afterlife
They built up walls
That flimsy visa paper
Turning back to point a finger at us
Scream You Savage!
But the other four point back at them and
Duduzile S. Ndlovu, is a postdoctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand. Her research is focused on migration in the global south using arts-based research methods as a form of decolonising knowledge production. She wrote her PhD on, Zimbabwean migrants’ memorials of Gukurahundi violence using performance, poetry, music and film and translated the thesis into poetry to access a wider and non-academic audience. She was awarded the Newton Advanced Fellowship (2018-2020) at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. Find some of her research at www.movingwordspoetry.com and she can be reached on Twitter.