May 4: Kenny’s Day
The skinny lady
With a large heart
And a contagious beautiful smile
A stranger I was to you
James Blunt’s Beautiful used to be our song
It was the soundtrack
We both lived by in my head
I never knew how to smile for no reason
I never saw a reason to keep a smiling face
But while you were still a stranger
Your face was all I wanted to see
I used to think you’re all about smiles
Smiling and laughing was all I saw
A friend in you was all I wanted
A shoulder and a teacher was what I got
Knowing you is a blessing
Olori is the name I like calling you
For you are a queen
The king maker
I celebrate you my friend
As you grow older today
May the grace and favor of God never leave you, and
May all the odds be in your favor.
Wishing you a happy birthday without this will never be complete. So here is the popular ‘Oriki‘ ibeji (Praise Poetry for twins) for you
Ẹ̀jìrẹ́ ará ìṣokún.
Ọmọ ẹdun tíí ṣeré orí igi
Ó fẹsẹ̀ méjèèjì bẹ sílé alákìísa;
Ó salákìísà donígba aṣọ.
Gbajúmọ̀ ọmọ tíí gbàkúnlẹ̀ ìyá,
Tíí gbàdọ̀bálẹ̀ lọ́wọ́ baba tó bí í lọ́mọ.
Wínrin-wínrin lójú orogún
Ejìwọ̀rọ̀ lojú ìyá ẹ̀.
Tani o fe bi ibeji ko n’owo?
Emi fe bi ibeji mo n’owo
I loved you
I love you, and
I will always love you.
HaPpY Birthday Kenny.