May 4: Kenny’s Day

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Kenny
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.
Ẹdúnjobí
Ọmọ ẹdun tíí ṣeré orí igi
Ọ́-bẹ́-kẹ́ṣé-bẹ́-kàṣà,
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.

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