If My Daddy Comes Back… Tribute: A Poem Written By Aare Tunde Dawood-Akerele

You prepared, you dished. You provided, you funded Never you dodged your core Never you skipped your roles You abhorred dereliction of duty

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Oh my Dad!
That you’re no more.
Who will love me again like you?
Who will pray for me again like you?
Who will counsel me again like you?
Who will thrill me with jokes again like you?

Baba
You prepared, you dished.
You provided, you funded
Never you dodged your core
Never you skipped your roles
You abhorred dereliction of duty
You were more abiyamo than many mothers.
I often feel happy when people say I’m like you

Number one faithful polygamist I had ever seen
Your attitude towards your wives encouraged others to keep many wives
Your love for your children went beyond description.
Both closed and extended family members never wished you to leave.
You would only eat after others had been confirmed satisfied.

You loved fashion but not at the detriment of your family care.
Your crave for dressing well was well known.
You were a good speaker who knew the right time to open your mouth.
Many say you were tacit, stoic and wise.

My Dad you were a real trooper.
You ate, drank and wore endurance
Abugan, you would smile to elicit joy
Baba, you would laugh to kill sorrow
Alhaji, you seldom shout to breed peace
And Baba mi, you keep quiet to unravel facts

Baba, you planned to die peacefully
You brewed peace and distilled love.
So generous to share kindness with all
Baba, you really prepared to rest well
You trained all your children, wards
You joined others too in training theirs.
You bequeathed a worthy legacy

You knew and served only one God
You led your life the way of God
Trained your offsprings the way of God
Encouraged others to live the way of God

You sacrificed so much
You lived well and left well
No legacy is better than this
If you come back please select me
I’ll be happy to be your son again and again

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