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''OGIDAN @ 50''

By St Paul Peter (Oba Adedoyin)
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Waoh! It's like a dream
Just like yesterday
Like a new born baby
He came into existence
The labour was a serious struggle
Travails! Travails!
Laborious effort
During his delivery
But alas! He arrived
Ogidan was born
Born into d realm of struggle
Sphere of turbulence.

We all celebrated & jubilated
For Ogidan was born
Lullaby we sang for him
In his first phase of life
Nursing him with love & care
Education, Encouragement, &Support we gave him
Spiritually &physically we stood.
In the second phase of life
With enthusiasm & zeal we prayed for him
Hoping for better days
That when he grows up
We shall reap in joy & pleasure; comfort & doxology

What we'd sown in tears & agonies; grief & sorrows.

But lo! Ogidan has failed us
Ogidan has disappointed us
He has refused to repay us
For all d good parts we'd taken
In the labours & struggles
Long suffering &... Oh!
We kept watch o'er u from day one
Now u're 50 years old
You've refused to grow wise
Oh! Ogidan; Ogidan! `

Though you're physically grown up
But yet u lack the attributes of an adult
U only grow big & bigger
But you've got nothing to show for it
Ur younger ones look up to u as their big bro
But all u do is to let them down
And yet you're not ashamed of yourself
They call you giant – giant 4 nothing!
U don't believe in you own abilities
And this has made you a laughing stock
Among your contemporaries
Ordinary food, clothing & shelter
U can't provide 4 yourself; poor you oh Ogidan d great!

You've got all it takes to be rich
Yet you're living from hand to mouth
Struggling like an elephant & eating like an ant
Oh what a pity!

Ogidan, wake up! O wake up!
Enough of your sleep; face the challenges
Take up your responsibilities
Stand up and live up to your name
A living fowl can still eat corn
Claim your birthright for Ur glory to be restored
Cos it's high time Ur sun rose 2 set no more
O mighty Ogidan achieve your goals & actualise your dreams

Put smiles on our beautiful & ugly faces
And they all will join us 2 shout
We hail thee Ogidan the great
You've made us proud @ last
Hmm… Ogidan; Ogidan the great
Ogidan @ 50.

St. Paul Peters. (Oba Adedoyin)

Sept 2010.

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