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Born into the family of seven
Handed over the last born baton
By the other descendants of the 
Pa Noah  “Mekolani Olajide’s” fame.
Her sojourn in life starts from 
The far down “Sora”,
Sora to “Odo Alafia” 
“Odo Alafia” to the West of “Oraborode”
“Oraborode”  of  “Odojomu”
“Odojomu” of  “Ondo town.”
She shone like a million star in all.

“Ariyayosi” grew up eating the fear
Of the Lord as Breakfast.
Brave and Intelligent “Yemi Mekolani” alias
“Mama Ondo” leaves no stone unturned as
She prepares her self-discipline, hardwork
And cleaningness as Launch.
As charismatic and erudite “Pa Noah Olajide”
“Baistically” prepares “Aribabagbojule” Dinner
Meant to cushion the effect of
Ups and downs of life
All  these in the Biblical Ark of Noah
Of the Pa Noah Olajide;s house.

No wonder the other kinsmen
I mean the six others of the Olajide
Strong Spiritual  Siji 
Innocent Innovative Iyabo
Fearless Fascinating Fisayo
Lanky Lively Lanre
Lenient Lawful Luwale
And of course
Faithful Famous Funmi ,
Gave her all the needed love to 
Make her shone like a million star.

Aunty Rose went through the rigous of
Secretariat knowledge as part of the needed
Catalyst to catapult her to Queen Elizabeth palace
Right into the waiting hands of amiable Martins Babatunde
Martino, a loving and understanding husband
Has all it takes to thank God for giving him
A good wife, indeed a vessel unto honour.

The emergence of Sade Innocent,
Later Sade Ronik, now Manchester University
Was the needed tonic for quest for greener pasture.
The lovely wen-wen sound of a new born baby
That signaled Sade’s entrance was
Not enough to distract her focus.
Similola shone like a million star

Then comes the arrival of Saintly Sagacious Sayo
And ever Stylishly Shy Seye on stage.
For the lead cast role has Scientific Splendid 
Sade at the back of  the stage. 

As a Sister, she is a rare gem
As a Wife, she is rare breed
As a Friend, she is a rare specie
As a Confidant, she is a rare seed
As a Teacher ,she is a rare scroll	
As a  Mother, she is a rare plant.

Alayande Stephen .T
August 10th,2005

Packaged for my Aunty’s Birthday in London
Its was one of my earliest poem, hence, the
Colloquial usage in the poem. 

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  1. Date: 5/29/2009 5:57:00 PM
    There is too much in this verse...yet NOT colorful, so full of life. Where do these names come from? Where are we? Who's telling me this story. I need it broken up in tidbits and expanded so we white old women (not as special and colorfull as you) can understand cause I want to! Light & Love