Elia Fb – “Ndoki” / Part II

Every night in the other worlds I make sure I offer her flowers In the garden of our common stories My ancestors rest in no graves, Only in spirits of dignity and victory   Our softness may crack any adversity, Reconcile strength with weakness, despair with audacity Even when you...

Elia FB – “Ndoki” / Part I

I am the daughter of freedom fighters and farmers Dark skin warmer than deep-down waters But cooler than Congolese summers   Kinshasa-borne father and French mother Raised in the suburbs of Paris So excuse my French: my vernacular bloomed in the streets   I am sure my ancestors moved carefully,...