Olori Specials

June 12 – Hope Unfulfilled

 

 

Hope is here for the common man, my people hope is here

 

The hope of a life without struggle,

 

Of a future bright and clear,

 

Of thriving businesses and living without fear,

 

Of good electricity and beautiful mortgage schemes,

 

Of potable water in our homes so we’d no longer go to the streams

 

Hope is here for the common man

 

Everybody hope is here

 

Young though we were our excitement was great nonetheless

 

We chanted the songs till the words played themselves heads

 

That we wouldn’t be a part of the process we cared less

 

Our fathers and mothers were going to bring the hope for us

 

So let us sing on in joy of the hope of a better future

 

“On the march again, on the march again,

 

Looking for Mr President, On the march again…”

 

Hope is here, my people, hope is here

 

The votes have been cast and counted,

 

So much excitement devoid of anxiety and fear,

 

I saw smiles on the face of adults as they got home

 

Happy that they have secured hope for children’s future

 

“Abiola go win Tofa” I heard many of them say

 

Their excitement was mine, their votes were my hope

 

Alas, the gap-toothed schemer had other plans

 

To dampen our hopes and bring gloom on our lands

 

Hope is dashed my people, hope is dashed

 

They said the election was free and non-violent

 

But the results has been cancelled

 

I do not understand the ways of these adults

 

The thoughts on many minds so young

 

Keeping such high hopes of a brighter future

 

Oblivious of the dark and gloomy days ahead

 

Days of pain and dread of the dark goggled one

 

Cooking with stoves fuelled with wood shavings

 

Days when the hope of bright future dims before our eyes

 

Our hopes have been dashed people, da-sh-ed

 

It has been two decades from then and the problems are still there

 

Stable power is still a dream, maybe even a mirage

 

Insecurity mounts daily, tribal settlements increasing

 

Youths groan under the weight of unemployment,

 

Let’s not talk about those lost to road accidents

 

I remember the songs of hope from 2 decades ago

 

And my heart aches for pain

 

Because that hope was dashed

 

Tis Hope unfulfilled, people

 

20 years after, it’s still hope unfulfilled

 

(In memory of Hope ’93, MKO Abiola’s June 12 1993 Mandate)

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