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Anna Mwalagho Entertains At Diaspora Conference

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Ambassador Elkanah Odembo is shown a dance by Anna Mwalagho as he opens the floor. Ambassador Elkanah Odembo is shown a dance by Anna Mwalagho as he opens the floor.

Anna Mwalagho born and raised in Kenya who began performing at the tender age of 8 performed at the Kenya Diaspora Conference in Washington D.C region. The internationally recognized artist who has been awarded many awards for promoting Africa entertained the conference attendees with her music and poetry.



As the flower of Africa blooms

So does a new day for the women of Africa unfold

From the time of her delivery 

The African woman was known to be a liability not a profit

A loss not a gain 

She was to be seen and not to be heard

To be abused, accused, humiliated and despised


Yet women of Africa and women of the world

Have evolved and transcended despite their hardships

They have survived inequalities, disintegration, physical, verbal and emotional abuse

Women of Africa have survived carrying firewood on their heads

Bags of food on their backs, a child on their breast all at the same time

While walking to the market talking to them selves

For their voices were not to be heard

And still we rise


We rise because of women who have paved way for equality and justice

Women like Wangari Maathai the first African woman to win a noble peace prize

President Ellen Johnson the first woman to be elected president in an African country,

Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and of course you and I

And still we rise

We rise because we wear many hats

We are mothers, teachers, doctors, managers, politician’s even soldiers

And still humble enough to be ideal wives

We rise because our struggles have made us stronger

Thus our backbones have not weakened but hardened

To be strong as those of camels


And so as we salute each other today

I urge all the women to rally with one another

As we face new challenges of HIV and AIDS,

Poverty, breast cancer and other underlying problems while still

Fighting for proper equality and respect


Let us empower one another with knowledge

So we can help eradicate some of this problem

For knowledge is power and lack of it is death


Let empower one another through education

So we can teach both the boys and the girls the value of the girl child

And her need to be respected


Let us empower and economically enrich one another

So we can become financially independent

For we are the foundation of the home without us the house cannot stand


Let us partner and work with one another

For united we stand and divided we fall

And we all need each other


For to educate a woman is to educate the whole nation

Because it takes home to build a nation

And even though our struggles still continue

Let us not forget that we the women have already won the battle!

Anna Mwalagho is an artist and performer and a song writer who has released her CD Ukweli. To find out more about Anna visit www.annamwalagho.com


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