Elergy for Maya Angelou

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By  Abbas Liman

In United States of America, there lived a lady christened Marguerite at but her brother re-christened Maya.
Maya Angelou a lady with a humble background who strove hard shifting from profession so speak another until she got what gave her sense of achievement and contentment.
Maya variously a cook, night club dancer and performer, prostitute (but became Co-ordinator of Dr Martin Luther King’s Southern Leadership Conferences when she repented) and journalist. She a writer who wrote on values of among others.
Maya a teacher. She in Ghana at the invitation of Dr Kwame Nkrumah when she taught music and drama at the University of Ghana contributing in her way in the process of decolonization in that country at that time.
She was a director and producer of drama and television programmes. She participated in Alex Haley’s television documentary tilted “Roots” for which she would be forgotten. Some of the actors said she had motivated them also participate in the documentary as it would be an for them have some contact with fellows of their ancestral origin – . She played the role of grandmother to Kunta Kinte the of Umaru of the village of Jufere in The Gambia in the documentary.
 In spite of all these, what really brought Maya to limelight was her poetry particularly the poem whose title is; “I Know Why the Caged Bird sings”. In it she highlighted the gender inequality, racial discrimination and rape that characterized the American society of that time.
In recognition of her achievements, she received various awards and over 30 honorary doctorate degrees.  Our brothers from the southern part of this country would say of Maya’s demise on the 28th , 2014; “An iroko tree indeed has fallen”. Adieu Sister Maya.