South African slam poet Koleka Putuma delivers a powerful recitation of the poem she authored, entitled – “Love Letter to Africa.”

Putuma uses the medium of the spoken word to express her love for Africa and to highlight the unique traditions, legacies, and culture of the African continent. Her words are carefully chosen and beautifully penned, but to see her speak the words that she has written is a spellbinding experience.

Every part of her body speaks to her audience, from the top of her head to the tips of her toes.

Watch her love letter to Africa here:

Putuma earned a degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town, and she has traveled the globe delivering these mesmerizing performances in places as far afield as Glasgow, Scotland, and New York, USA.

She was recognized on the Forbes Africa Under 30s list of creatives making waves for 2018.
Other works by Putuma address important social issues facing African women, including health and education.

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