I still can’t believe it’s not a rumour,
Somebody tell me it’s not true,
Our heroine cannot be gone,
Our protagonist won’t leave without a win.
She fought for our rights without fear of
even her life,
She stood face to face with opposition
She was devoted to her allegiance and her
impact was significant,
She walked tall in the midst of adversities;
her life was filled with testimonies.
See a woman diligent in her work,
She would stand before kings, nobles and
not mere men.
Yes ! Dora stood before the high and mighty,
Ardently professing her commitment to
Until the lioness breathes no more, she
Continues to hold on till the very last minute,
This trait we all saw in you at the confab,
Even when they asked you, for health
reasons, to sit down to give your speech,
You stood up and boldly declared your
desire for a nation where social justice must reign.
I remember clearly how nervy your
husband was, years ago when you missed
I remember the interview he granted and
how poignant he felt,
We all wondered why the life of a woman
filled with goodness, be sought after by evil doers,
If our hearts bleed this much after your
departure, I can only imagine how your
“A society grows great when old men plant
trees whose shade they know they shall
never sit in”
This was the Greek proverb you said during
your speech at the confab.
You have planted trees that will endure a
life time but we wish you stayed longer to
share the shade with us,
Guiding us aright and preparing us for a
greater and better tomorrow.
Can I ever get a DORAquine to heal my hurt?
A DORAcetamol to suit my pain?
A DORAprofine to calm my nerves?
A DORAcotizone to kill my allergies?…….Can I?
Many people pass through this life and
leave without impact,
We do not remember them so they do not
have their footprints in the sands of time,
Like Chidogo your daughter said, “You
touched so many lives and that is a blessing
that must not be taken lightly”
I concur and add that we must live for the
ethics and patriotism you stood for.
‘Womanity’ celebrates you, the nation
You may be absent physically but you will
always be on our minds.
Oh death, this sting stinks badly yet we rejoice
she is in a safer place resting in the bosom of
You are different things to a lot of people,
But to me you are and always will remain an
outstanding success and a delight of
Farewell daughter of Zion, farewell soldier of
the masses, farewell voice of the voiceless,
You are SIMPLY a-D-O-R-A-ble!
POEM BY KEMI AJUMOBI