By Binebai Princewill
Barr. Frank Ekpemupolo has described high Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, the Ibe-ebidouwei of Ijaw nation as a living legend in the Niger Delta region.
In what appears to be a different and unique dimension of celebrating the generalissimo of the Niger Delta region, Barr. Frank Ekpemupolo had painstakingly taken his time to compose a poem detailing the heroism of Tompolo.
The legal practitioner particularly noted that Tompolo’s mission on earth is divine, hence no amount of gang up can bring him down, adding that he must continue to soar high in the midst of difficult situations orchestrated by men of questionable characters.
The poem reads in below:
Tompolo my Niger Delta
Odokorikodo our proud warrior in the ancestral creek of Niger Delta.
Niger Delta of whom your forefathers lived
Indeed their blood flows in your veins
Your beautiful Ijaw blood that irrigates the land
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
Tompolo, tell me Odokorikodo
Is this your back that is unbent
The back that never breaks under the weight of humiliation
The back trembling with red scars
And saying no to the whip
under the midday sun
But a grave voice(Odokorikodo) answers me
Impulsive child, that tompolo, young and strong
That tompolo over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Niger Delta springing up anew and springing up patiently
Whose soil bit by bit acquires
The bitter taste of liberty
Oh Tompolo my Niger Delta
The more the Government awaits your death
The more you are like the queen in the game of chess
Your advancement has no limit.
Indeed you are a government by birth
No government made by man can unseat you
That is why you are called
Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo at birth
May your back remain unbent our hero
Happy birthday Odokorikodo