Today we celebrate our shared heritage,
through smiles and tears, the ache of the past and the hopes of today and tomorrows yet unborn.
Today we share our Africanness, our blood enmeshed within each other – bright red thumping through countless veins, reminding us of the spirit of uBuntu – I am because we are,
we are because of each other, fellow travellers through the travails of life, seeking not riches nor title, seeking the bright sunshine of peace banishing the darkness of strife.
We are one people, myriad hues of the rainbow enveloping us all,
lending a hand to each other,
every time we stumble, each time we fall.