Okuta trembles at your enthralling voice,
so does it fall apart before you like Dagon fell before the ark.
Your smile infects instantly at contact like Ebola,
initiating impulse buys by your enticed customers.
the market envies your opulence,
some tag you a whizz, some a witch.
The market leader’s miscarriages are your doings; they blurt.
tell them how Eledua backed you up to whop
ori buruku in a bout,
Tell them how you singly floored atowo denu,
the dreaded profit eater and incurred the plethora of Aje.
Your tender fingers have been anointed with
the sacred ‘poop’ of ‘Lekeleke’.
Your eyes harbour a spell which it casts on passers-by,
halting their footsteps, as your raconteuring voice calls out
even your beauty inholds charm that hexes
young merchants, bringing them all back again,
all in the bid to own your gracefulness in its entirety.
Even baba Risikat the bald headed tycoon,
heard of your wealth in beauty and possession,
tried to add you to his league of wives.
Who would resist your charm, Omo alaje, Awelewa.
They know not who Alamu the sculpture maker is to you.
Efunsetan’s wealth licks the dust off the feet of yours,
yet, humility engulfs you, as you joy most in your patronizers
as they swarm your conglomerate as ants to sugar.
In variety, goods flock in to be carted out in a jiffy via buyers,
Despite credit services, your profits know no bounds.
Ajenirun will eat till its bursts out of constipation,
without accomplishing a minute of its renown mission.
Riri says she saw your persistent trials
in the womb of oceans, while Airi attested to hearing
your cries dance in Orunmila’s ears each season,
which facilitated his hearkening to you from
his holy mountains. Shame on your detractors.
Triplets you conceived.
And as a hungry man devours a plate of food,
Aje jowo maa bugba mi je.
I am Omo Alaje, Aje’s abode.
Airi– The one who didn’t see
Riri– the one who saw
Atowo denu– from hand to mouth
Aje– goddess of wealth
Ajenirun– the devourer
Okuta– state of no sales
Lekeleke– bird of luck
Omo Alaje– Daughter of the goddess of wealth.
Aje jowo maa bugba mi je– goddess of wealth, kindly always grant me abundant sales .
Temi-ni-e-wo Temi-ni-e-ra– “Check my own goods, buy my own goods.”
Tejuoso Olamide hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State. She loves reading, researching and writing. She is an aspiring journalist who believes in the philosophy of ‘writing to right’. She presently studies Communication and Language Arts in the University of Ibadan.