Land of the sleeping giants
Land of beauty and mystery –
Mother of wisdom
The stirring-pot of knowledge:
Africa must wake up.

Land of the rusting spears
Cradle of civilization
Birthplace of Science;
Of Invention, of Philosophy:
Africa must wake up.

Land of the toothless lions
Land of the begging-bowl
Land of crippling ignorance –
Look at your forbears, your history!
Land of proud kings
Land of wise queens
The land of bounty, land of plenty
Is now the land of missed opportunity…

Land of indomitable spirits;
Land of unconquerable courage;
Land of survivors, land of the strong –
Africa must wake up!!