She was awake earlier than usual
Chin in palm, she looked despondent
She was lost in thoughts
She cast her mind back to the very beginning
She wondered what she had done wrong.
Unlike you and me, she is an immortal
She needs humans to feed into immortality
She recalled her birth
The pomp and pageantry at her naming ceremony
She recalled having started school before some of her peers and sisters: Malaysia, Singapore, Ivory Coast and others.
She recalled her endowments.
She asked with a sigh “have I lost it all?”
Unlike mortals, with age they matured
Unlike mortals, with age their beauty grows
Unlike mortals, with age comes respect and love.
Today is her birthday
She smiled and said “I need a hot shower”
It is to wash away the filth
It is to wash away the rape of my economy
It is to wash away the stigma of nepotism
It is to wash away the dirt of corruption.
It is to clean that black spot of lawlessness
It is to restore my aching joints of peace, love and patriotism.
Today I will wear my best
Make my hair and skin glow with Tama Shea Butter
I will wear my Fugu and Kente
I will put on the finest Ahenemma(sandals)
I will adorn myself with Gold, Diamonds, Beads, Bauxite and Manganese
Prepare me a hot Cocoa drink
Prepare a banquet for my children
Let them eat to their fill.
I am 60 years old today. I am happy. I am smiling.
It is a new beginning.
Make a mother proud my children.
Make me proud this day onwards
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