On the 26th October 1986, I can’t remember the exact time (truth be told, I never knew the time), I was covered in blood and was crying in one hospital in Igbara-odo, Ondo state. I came just as every normal baby does. Today, it’s been 25 years on.
25 years on, my home has moved from Igbara-odo, to Ikogosi, to Akure, to Otun, to Okemesi, to Lagos and several other places. 25 years on, I have been a wayfarer.
25 years on, I have lived in different parts of Nigeria, from Ondo state, where I was born, to Ekiti State, my state of origin, to Lagos state, where I spent the greatest part of my growing up, to Osun State, where I had my Secondary and Tertiary education, to Ogun state, to Oyo state, to Enugu State, to Abuja, and to Kaduna State, where I served. 25 years on, I have been a Nigerian.
25 years on, I have been within the walls of several schools, from St Michaels, Okemesi Ekiti, to Alaafia Primary school, to Tenderland, to Mivara to Imola to St Anthony (all in Lagos) to FGC Ikirun, Osun State, to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife, to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. 25 years on, I have pursued knowledge.
25 years on, I have enjoyed parents and siblings who watched my infant head till now and watched my back while I made progress. I have also had friends I loved but who didn’t love me in return, I have had friends who loved me but I didn’t love in return, I have also had friends who I loved and loved me. 25 years on, I have been blessed by friends and family.
25 years on, I have known peace, joy, love, I have also known pain. Mine has not been the best of life, I have had disappointments. I have done things I wish I hadn’t done, I have had things I wished I did and some things I wished I did differently. It’s been an eventful journey, anyway. I have failed, I have succeeded. 25 years on, I have been human.
25 years on, I have been down and I have been up, I have fallen and I have risen, I have been wrong and I have been right, I have hurt people and I have been hurt. 25 years on, I have been real.
25 years on, I AM THAT I AM has showered me with HIS love, I have met Christ, the Holy Spirit has been my help and friend; I have had the privilege of being redeemed by God, to have loved and fellowshipped with Him. 25 years on, I have known God.
25 years on, I have made some achievements and I have many more ahead of me. Ahead of me lies my best. Today, I feel like one standing on the brink of the ocean. 25 years on, I am just starting.
All I can be,
Is way beyond the boldest of my own guts,
Truly, all I can ever be,
Is way beyond the chiefest of my own thoughts.
Beyond my wildest imaginations,
Beyond my feeble being,
Are HIS revelations,
Of all HE wants me doing.
More than I think I can ever be,
HE is ready to make me,
Just do as I bid, HE tells me,
For I alone know all you can ever be.
Today is my 25th birthday and you should be happy for me. It’s the first day of the rest of my life. And here is to the next 25 years of my life.
P.S: This was planned to be the first entry in the “Diary of a wayfarer,” I penned it long before 26th October, long before “When I am weak” the usurper. Lol. I, planned uploading it on the 26th of October, 2011 in commemoration of my 25th birthday but… its coming two weeks behind schedule.