Saturday, June 7, 2014

Dear Dora Akunyili, How Can I Join in Singing this Sad Song?

O tempora, O mores! 
O the times, O the manners! 
Sic transit gloria mundi 
So passes the glory of the world.

How can I join in singing this sad song?
For many things have gone wrong
This is not our Nigerian Dream.
When we can no longer fetch drinking water from the stream.

No wonder the heavens wept angrily yesterday
And the Iroko fell where our elders lay
Our hearts are breaking
As our heroes are fleeing
And our mothers are weeping.
But our innocent children are still playing.
For the stars are still twinkling
Our stars shine brightest in the darkest night
And our shadows are even dancing in the sunlight.
For we will not stop singing Hallelujah
And let our chorus echo beyond Handel's Messiah!

Rest in peace Ada Nne Dora Akunyili.

 ~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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