Yorubas will say: “Orúkọ tí abá sọ ọmọ lóhùn ro ọmọ” I.E The name you give to a child, depicts its meaning in the child’s life.
ọláolúwa is my name,
But it’s not just a name.
ọláolúwa is a 7 Letters word,
But it’s in itself a world.
ọláolúwa is a Soldier’s bullet proof vest, when he ran out of bullet at the war front.
ọláolúwa is the final shot from the footballer that beats the keeper in the extra time.
ọláolúwa is the marriage proposal a young lady gets at Age 35.
ọláolúwa is the scratch on the Tourist’s body in the accident that killed 16 passengers and the driver.
ọláolúwa is the sweet food of today, that arrives at the front of the man who wasted a freshly baked bread yesterday.
ọláolúwa is the beatification of a stone in place of a diamond.
ọláolúwa is Jesus campaigning for a Sinner At the Heavenly Polls.
ọláolúwa gets me protected when defenceless!
ọláolúwa gives me victory when troubles press!
ọláolúwa brings me success when people think I’m worthless!
ọláolúwa is my joy even in tears!
ọláolúwa is grace extraordinary while I’m careless!
ọláolúwa is enjoying a God that is priceless!
ọláolúwa is not just my name,
ọláolúwa is my story;
ọláolúwa is my life!!!
Ola Adene is a recent Social Work graduate of University of Benin; he’s a Sociopreneur noted for GTB-Nigeria and #SpellGlamour2016. He wrote this piece of poetry titled “ọláolúwa” to celebrate his birthday.