A Birthday Message to Mwalimu Michael Dokosi of the Daily Post

From the echoes of Tai Solarin, please accept my prayers and your elixir on your birthday:


I am not cursing you. I am wishing you what I wish for myself every year. I therefore repeat, may you have a hard time this year, may there be plenty of troubles for you this year.

If you are not so sure what you should say back, why not just say, ‘same to you’? I ask for no more.

May your succeses be conditioned by the amount of risk you are prepared to take.

The big fish is never caught in shallow waters. You have to go out to the open sea for it.

There is no paean without pain.

The biggest successes are preceded by the greatest of heart- burnings.

Jawaharlal Nehru put it so well. To paraphrase him, he wanted to meet his troubles in a frontal attack. He wanted to see himself tossed into the aperture between the two horns of the bull. Being there, he so determined to win, and therefore such a fight required all his faculties

I wish the same successes for you from your frontal attacks.

But you must suffer: “So then, since Christ suffered pain you must arm yourself with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too.” 1 Peter 4:1) NLT.

As a Crusader, I wish for you a daily life rich in obfuscation and perspicacity, plenty of failures and successes, plenty of abuse and praise, plenty of happiness and unhappiness.

From my little experiences, I can tell you that it is impossible to win without a rich measure of intermixture in the menu.


Owula Mangortey
Western Togoland
6th April, 2021

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