Its Onikepo’s Day!

By Onikepo Braithwaite

By Abubakar D. Sani

Have you met this woman?
Well, you should – trust me;
And, why, you might well wonder?
Because, believe me, she’s worth it

Our celebrant is life personified;
She oozes joie de vivre and zest;
Lives life to the fullest –
And making the most out of time

There’s never a dull moment with her;
Fancy-free and full of fun –
She’s the best company you can have;
Her personality is as bright as the sun

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Her sharp wit is one of a kind;
So is her tongue – and mind;
You better have yours about you –
Lest she makes you look like a fool!

Onikepo is widely travelled and widely-read;
As a true Gemini, she soaks up knowledge;
With two degrees: one in law, the other in commerce;
Such a combination ensures she’s all-sense!

She’s so rounded, she’s truly learned;
As lawyers self-pompously refer to themselves;
In her case, it’s more fact than jest;
Equally at home in the court and the press!

Yes, she’s an editor and contributor –
In Nigeria’s leading publication –
Thisday Newspapers weekly feature;
Where, for close to a decade, she’’s held fort

Taking it to heights not previously achieved;
Notching up record after record;
The longest on the seat, since 2016;
Not to mention her personal column: awesome!

Her time on that beat has been has been nothing short of superlative;
She’s interviewed the Who’s Who in the legal profession;
With counsel falling over themselves to be featured;
Rare, indeed, is he (or she) who does not look forward to it

So deep is her mark that she ought to be a silk;
If there’s any justice in the world, that is;
Indeed, she’s come very close to it, too;
Only to be denied by a last-minute change in the rules

How cruel! How wrong! How unfair!;
Never mind – perhaps, it is just a question of time,
A gold-fish has no hiding place, it is said;
Because, her weekly columns are but gold-mines!

Many have reaped – and continue to reap her nuggets;
Seldom has a person successfully straddled two professions;
But, Onikepo has pulled it off to the admiration of all;
Another validation that, whatever men can do, so can women!

This ode is well-deserved, then;
A befitting tribute to a true friend;
Whose loyalty has been time-tested;
And proved over and over to be the best

Many happy returns, girl;
You’re appreciated more than you can imagine;
For your sheer presence and dynamism;
And your humour- one of the best in the world!

Abubakar D. Sani
24th April, 2024

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