Tell me about yourself he asked.
And for the first time in a long time I responded to that question, I always hated it- felt it was stupid.
In that moment I realized it was so profound. I said to him, I am a thousand splendid suns. I take a piece of me from all the people I have met;
I have the smile of the market seller who gives me fruits every Saturday.
I have the strength of the Akara woman who backs a baby, breastfeeds another and uses the other hand to fry my akara.
I have the tenacity of Ali, my gateman who studies every book and believes one day he too will attend ‘‘ varsity”.
I have the sight of Kabiru, who sees beauty in all his customers and reminds them daily.
I have taken bits from them all and given them droplets of my sparkle.
I am a glimmer of hope,
I am a goddess,
My presence is priceless,
I am a strong woman,
But also a vulnerable child,
I am Yommie,
I am gold,
Solid gold baby.
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