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Reflect Nigeria… Revisited
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Reflect Nigeria No Rooms to Confine Us…
“Heehee… I don’t know which party my wife belongs but eh… she belongs to
MY kitchen and MY living room and the OTHER room…”
The gravity of unfortunate utterances, sometimes
Echoes the enormity of cataclysmic regression, tragically
Rippling beyond the demeaning configuration of syntax
And sadly reverberating in fervent crescendo through the
Globalization of dissemination of instantaneous news,
Inauspiciously portends the oblique reality of the unfulfilled
Odyssey towards full recognition of all human rights.
Thus, a president’s commentaries, otherwise considered as
Conveying the solemnity of the advancement in optimism
By allaying fears, and elevating aspirations of a disconsolate populace,
Rather, diminish a gender, by electing to emasculate any vacillating
Progress, declared in accord with sacrosanct inalienable rights,
Further fragmenting the essence of meager hope, lying prostrate
In the forlorn vestiges residing within certain aspects of a nation.
As such, the sardonic words of the Nigerian President…
Paradoxically spoken to his female counterpart, miserably
Communicated to his citizens and the world, no respect,
But censoriously categorized the nation’s First Lady, by description,
To the ignominious equivalency of a belonging, a mere chattel,
Devoid of independence and human dignity, assigned by others, for
Their use to rooms, in which she neither owns nor has any property value.
Alas, the bell for social justice loudly tolls; to engage in concerted effort
The quest for reclamation of any tangible progress previously gained, and to
Negate the irreverent milestone propagated by the untoward vituperation
Which in derisive posture, attempts to devalue the essence of humanity and
Self-determination, freely bestowed on all, but is injudiciously circumscribed
By reprehensible might and circumstance; lest the downward degradation
Resonate in permanent habitation to the lasting detriment of all humanity.
Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya Esq., Golden Poet ©
Filed under General, Life, poetry, Reflect Nigeria, Uncategorized
Hold not to the regret of yesterday
Rather in steadfast measure,
Cling to the promise of tomorrow.
For what futility of purpose does it serve,
To descend immobile, into the abyss of remorse
Yearning for what was lost or has not been,
More despair, in the company of bleakness.
Shake off the miserable melancholy and reverse
That energy into earnest utility, and towards
The unbridled optimism within the sphere of hope.
Yemil Benjoy ©
Reflect Nigeria – Demand For Service
While the very hapless existence of the populace is exacerbated, and
Continues to be enormously plagued by the consequences of inept
Governance, which the longsuffering citizens of an otherwise blessed country,
In this century confront and without remission endure, amid the overwrought plight
Of the absence of constant electricity and illusive dribble of portable water
Alongside with the demise of salaries for the long-forsaken government workers,
Necessities, most ordinary, for simple human existence within the shores of a “Giant”,
Compounded now, by the foreboding and alarming escalation of the cost of food
Resulting in the intensified pestilence of hunger insidiously ravaging the erstwhile
Promising fabric of a society, seemingly a distant memory, of a forgotten mirage.
And as the beleaguered hope of competent and available healthcare for all
Unfortunately eludes the weary grasp of most of the distressed citizenry…
Then in intemperate, ever conspicuous and excruciatingly painful irony
The chief executive of the nation, a public servant, sworn to serve, not only
Takes inopportune refuge from all that is ailing the country in a foreign land,
No less, than the former colonial power, from which the inalienable right for
Independent government was wrestled from decades ago, to seek treatment
For a simple malady, while his citizens are relegated to the gamble of imposed fate.
Thus, by the very blatant official acquiescence, it signifies in obvious measure his
Unreserved lack of confidence in the regime over which he presides, and confirms in
Tragic and regrettable dimension, the vacuous hope, residing within the bemoaned land.
Forsooth, which Nigerian citizen has the ability to deploy the national treasury,
The property of the people, for their personal use, to travel at full expense of the
Demoralized masses, in fleets of jets and with the ubiquitous “per-diem” entourage,
While the burdensome cloak of lamentation detrimentally covers his forlorn people,
Even to the point of an early shroud and untimely grave, due to the atrocious lack of
Access to life-saving and sadly often the most rudimentary of medical care. As the
People languish under the onerous and looming fear of such grievous impediment
And the laboured wails of the public crescendo in desperation, accountability in the utmost,
Is demanded from the highest office with a real commitment to stay within the land towards
Faithfully implementing the remedy for what assails the domain, as glaring example, for
Any that assumes office in the true service of the well-being of the Nigerian people.
By Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq. ©
Filed under Life, Reflect Nigeria
So I sit and wonder why
Then I stand and contemplate how.
I take a walk, and consider what next
And, I wonder and wonder when
All things will align perfectly in my dream.
Yet, fail to take the steps forward to claim
That which is in the realm of all possibility…
Or even dare consider opportunities within the
Scope that appears daunting because of the unknown.
Then awakening becomes reality for alas ’tis I, myself,
In earnest, that must welcome my life anew and with
Warm embrace not as an occasional guest, but
As the very essence of my existence, with unyielding
Determination, to explore and surge forward indeed,
And to labour in hope towards that ever present dream.
For it is but true, that I must cultivate me, wholeheartedly.
Benjoy’s Corner X-10: Define You
If you are trying to shield yourself from what people
Will think or may say about your life’s journey…
Alas, it is nothing but an exercise in futility.
For we have no control over their actions or speech.
Rather expend that energy investing in you
And thrive and on the inherent possibilities.
Filed under General, Life, Uncategorized
Fear’s Intrusion (Part I)
Vicious is the apparatus of fear…
For it descends upon you with such awful might
Either in stealth manner or by insidious descent
Then in persistent measure seeks to erode, should one
Permit it to take permanent abode within one’s essence,
The body of hope that ought to propel each one
Into the absolute realm of possibility and beyond despair.
Reject the albatross!
Too Precious To Waste
The worth of one’s life is beyond the estimation of time
Live and embrace the full quantum of each moment.
Time itself, is an enigma.
Sometimes, it is in the present
Sometimes, in the old past
Often, memories of distant times
Feel very vivid, while recollections
Of the recent, appear apt to fade
More rapidly into the recesses.
Though intangible it may seem
Yet, within that very aspect, most
Dreams must thereto hold fast and
Plans advanced to capitalize on the
Dividend of hope amid each moment.
Filed under Life
Reflect Nigeria – Tribute To The First Lady SAN
A Resplendently Resonating Refrain
For Our Mother, Grandmother
Chief ‘Folake Solanke, SAN
The Quintessential First Female
Senior Advocate of Nigeria
As the anniversary of the fourth decade of the stellar accomplishment, one of an assemblage in an astral panoply of accolades steadily amassed by you, specifically the status of the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria dawns, in revered acclamation, we in joyful commemoration and with humble and everlasting obeisance to God, earnestly cognizant of the solemnity and immensity of the moment, in unreserved commendation, proclaim:
Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye in good fellowship drawn nigh and bear witness to the transcription of history:
Emblazoned with the unwavering and incisive brand of determined decisiveness, further attended to with the perseverance of transcendental import is the spectacularly stellar life of our mother, Chief Folake Solanke, SAN. Most assuredly, a charmed life, surpassing in incredible degree the ardent supplications and sanguine aspirations of her parents, Chief Jacob Sogboyega Odulate, alias “The Blessed Jacob”, the proprietor of the “Alabukun” brand and Madam Sekumade Odulate, for their infant born in the historic land holding exclusive boast to the majestically imposing “Olumo” rock, that she would be bequeathed with a healthy, blessed and successful life. Little did they envisage that their daughter would ascend the outstanding rungs of the exemplary into an extraordinary realm of reverberating success, unparalleled in many dimensions. Neither did they foretell that their offspring had been apportioned a destiny of fame and unbeknownst to them, such was the alignment of stars, in perfect order forecasting her legendary stature.
The explication of the enormous import of her unique life’s trajectory requires juxtaposing in unvarnished appraisal the achievements in her life with the prospects of a baby of the female gender born in Abeokuta in 1932. At this point, permit me to pray for absolution from my Ladies and Lords temporal of my beloved “Egba” land and my kin should it be construed that by those expressions I seek not to extol the noble and distinguished heritage of our forebears. To the contrary, long live the magnificence and heritage of “Egba” land. To illuminate further, the considered intent of the representations is to extinguish the vacuous notions that the breadth of one’s destiny is conclusively circumscribed by the geographic coordinates of one’s birth, or the full prospect of the female child is abjectly confined by the inheritance of her gender, and furthermore, that existence in Africa is so patently manacled by unabating constrictions that any triumph in life is completely and haplessly emasculated for aye. Such fallacies have been utterly annihilated by the luminous trajectory of our mother’s trailblazing. An unconquerable pioneer who not only dared to reach for celestial territories, but irrefutably assumed the stunning essence of stardom through her inexorable and superlative pursuit of exceptional enterprise.
From the environs surrounding her illustrious father’s towering home in Abeokuta to the astounding sequences of her indelibly etched successes, a recital of the congregation of her celebrated laurels, pointedly highlight the noteworthy dividend resulting from her scrupulous incarnation of grit and grace. Every task, irrespective of scope, accorded the same intensity of purpose and precision to assure the uncompromising success of the outcome. And, in extraordinary personification of an archetypal singular focus on the diligent prosecution of her abilities, towards conquering the pinnacle, an avalanche of achievements dutifully ensued. Such emblematic persistence of competence combined with intrepid prowess systematically eroded any misconceptions of diminutive prospects being conjoined to her simply by virtue of her gender, race or continent. Rather, our mother soared, in defiance of stereotypical confinements, with meteoric ascent into, and asserted full and permanent residence with, the galaxy of stars. In characteristic fashion, accentuating that landscape of innumerable accomplishments and illustrative of the preeminent array of recurring commendations attending her existence, and further, as irrefutable evidence, is the distinction as the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Yet, such astronomical achievement four decades ago, is symbolic of our mother’s outstanding expedition, for she meticulously pursued her talents according to the tenets of the holy scriptures in Saint Matthew in the parable addressing the mandate attached to talents. And therefrom, such faithful industry yielded a steady deluge of accolades, which in roaring and recurring pattern became her designated trademark. A phenomenon of galactic proportions indeed.
Epic is her stalwart commitment to the absolute fulfillment of the maximum potential of her astounding aptitude, that despite the persistence of the whirlwinds of a sustained turbulence and the malignant vituperation seeking to unsuccessfully enervate, as an avowed survivor, our mother elevated herself above the inauspicious frothing bile, by charmingly impeaching the venomous rendition of a malevolent tempest. Instead of retracting as vanquished by life’s tribulations, she adroitly opted for steeled fortitude and embraced the rewarding challenge of rigorous enterprise and the triumphant allure of victory, to ascend into dimensions now rendered into chronicles and irrefutable manifestos of incandescent inspiration. Thus, the consummate life blueprint of our mother’s celebrated pilgrimage serves as irrevocable navigational compass for us and hosts to emulate.
Undoubtedly, when the microscope of history dissects the inscription of the sedulous mettle bequeathed to her, and passionately employed, to excellently contend with the maze of life, incontrovertibly, it will unbiased verily render account, as an unassailable attestation that the female child of “Ake” born into the “Alabukun” Dynasty almost ninety years ago and who became motherless at the age of two, in enthralling manner:
All of which were embarked upon with that vintage quantum of grace and legendary onslaught of her formidable intellect that are the hallmark of her remarkable being. Transcending all, remaining a steadfast disciple of God’s faithfulness and an absolutely devoted mother without equivocation. Although, her mother was lost to her at a tender age, yet her older sister and our big mother, Chief S. O Odesanya, the matriarch of the “Alabukun” Dynasty has been present since that fateful night as a loving anchor to that heritage. And in the decades that would ensue, our father, Professor Emeritus Toriola F. Solanke, so aptly described by our mother, as constant as the Northern Star and an Officer and a Gentleman, became her steadfast companion through his life, encouraging her decades ago to establish her Alabukun Law Chambers, indeed as a beacon of spousal devotion and certainly magnitudes more.
And thus, was it the imposing nature of “Olumo” rock that she beheld as a child and speaks of with fond nostalgia or the illustriousness of her influential father, or the wonder of her father’s orchards or the tragedies of her life including the early and traumatic loss of their beloved older brother Dr. Olukoya Odulate or her inherent penchant to “Reach For The Stars” or the amalgamation of life, that galvanized her to pursue eminent heights, and catapulted her in perpetuity into a restricted but internationally famed orbit of profiles of excellence. As that debate continues, as it assuredly will, the indisputable fact is that our mother through the vestment of courage and application of her incredible acumen achieved astronomical dimensions, notwithstanding the insidious machinations of circumstance, and thereby established an enduring paradigm for victorious success worthy of sonnets resonating through time.
BALLAD: A Legacy of Indelible Fame – A Uniquely Recurring Phenomenon
The gravitas and magnitude of the elevation four decades ago to Learned Silk
And the significance of the prevailing longevity of the marvelous milestone,
Still reverberate with thunderous acclaim through the storied narratives
Of the Inner Bar, legal profession and a nation profoundly captivated by the
Dazzling persona of Chief ‘Folake Solanke, SAN, who affectionately heralded
As “Lady SAN” in a professional realm populated by gentlemen, resides compelling.
The momentous feat underscores not only the incontrovertible fact, that rare intellect, is
Not the exclusive province of one gender, as the expansiveness of her perspicacity, and
Expertise of her courtesies categorically projected her to an elevated status therein.
In similitude to her iconic father, whose innovative creation continues to span
A century and beyond, to the benefit of legions and thus cementing his permanence
In the global firmament, the First Lady SAN, likewise, through adeptly acquiring
An awesome constellation of laudable accomplishments was transfigured
Into an astoundingly immovable fixture in the landscape of humanity, as an
Inspirational lodestar of exemplary sagacity and dignified comportment, and also
Despite the tenacity of any tribulation, still soaring, and motivating generations to excel.
And thus, with the vestment of daring enterprise, she rendered full and humble homage
Consistent with the “Alabukun” legacy perpetuating that noble quest for preeminence.
With resolute approbation and eternal adulation,
We remain, devotedly and forever,
Your loving descendants “First in Time”
Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq. Golden Poet © All rights received.
MBBS, LLB, BL, MPH, JD
This 4th day of March 2021, the eve of four decades as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
For and on behalf of:
Babatunde Solanke Dapo Odesanya & family
Olubusola Solanke Yetunde Cardoso & family
Dr. Ibikunle Koya Bimbola Wright & family
Oyinade Koya Yomi Adebo & family
Feyisope Koya Binuyo Adeyinka Binuyo
Moyosore Koya Ariyo Yemisi Binuyo
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