POETRY ALERT: FACE OF A (S)HERO
She dreamt she dared and conquered.
She worked, her prayers were answered
Natives and locals she did love,
Not wanting the children to go back above
They talked, worked against but she strived
Through criticisms, she ensured they survived
Twin births, the pains of their mother
She had come to say never bother
With great efforts, she really toiled
That the joy of mothers would go unspoiled.
With her face of hope
Twin children can now cope
She wasn’t a negro
But she helped and became our hero
She came and stopped the command “Slay All”
Today her name still rings, she’s Mary Slessor.
– Ruth Diyan’ Ebe
(5th March 2007)