Ayomikun Soyombo: We will not forget Aunty Oby (Poetry)

by Ayomikun Soyombo


To mama Obyezeks. And several women who have chosen to stand. As you bleed Nigeria sees all.  As you labour beneath the clouds so dark.  Your courage strengthens our souls.  Your zeal heals our hearts

1. She owes us nothing

Not even a single dime

She could have embraced comfort

A peaceful life behind cozy walls

But now daily I see her on the streets

Shouting ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’


2. She could have been a mother

Just to the souls that passed through her womb

Daily preparing oat & milk

To nourish her blooming family

But something in her wouldn’t let her rest

Whatever it is,we are glad it’s there


3. We will remember her spectacles

Her eyes laden with compassion & purpose

We will remember her voice

Conveying messages from a soul sold out to sacrifice

We will remember the megaphone

Which she carries as she cries ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’


4. They may tag me as being part of the ‘opposition’

For writing about a rare spirit

Who has chosen to be bled for all

On the rugged altar of sacrifice

Seeing her struggle brings me close to tears

How she inspires everyone beneath the green & white flags


5. To mama Obyezeks

And several women who have chosen to stand

As you bleed Nigeria sees all

As you labour beneath the clouds so dark

Your courage strengthens our souls

Your zeal heals our hearts


6. Now, it is too late to give up

It is too late to watch our hopes drowned

Having our girls back is just the beginning of victory

A safe country for everyone is our ultimate desire

Though tired from days of marching,crying,& pleading

We’ll rather die fighting on our feet than live on our knees


7. Chibok won’t forget

The beautiful heart that was mother to their wives

The kidnapped girls won’t forget

The embrace of ‘Madam due process’ which they’ll get on their return

Nigeria won’t forget

Obyezeks, a voice for the weak & hurting


– N.B. : Last line of stanza 6 is culled from the movie ‘300: Rise Of An Empire.’


Soyombo Ayomikun tweets from @alabaster85


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One comment

  1. I salute your courage and steadfastness our own iron lady. More grease to your beautiful headgear. May God reward you and your generation unborn for abandoning the comfort of your home and promote the cause of the weak and downtrodden in Nigeria. Your subtle anti corruption rhetorics also, have not gone unnoticed. You have shown by your actions and deeds that your the AUTHENTIC mother to the nigerian child and people, because we are rest assured that you are out there for us come shine or rain!!!! Ride on mother nigeria!!!

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