A Tribute to My Grandfather

Poetry like Prose are expressions of feelings. When faced with sadness or happiness, we sometimes discover our true selves through expressions of our feelings.
Recently, Acholi have been losing elders. They leave this earth with all their wisdom to their graves.But such memories have to be captured in Writings for the future.
Ojok Cornelius has never seen himself as a Writer; more-so as a Poet. But the death of his grandfather Rt. Rev. Canon FY Ogaba inspired him to express himself in writing.
He passed on at the age of 94 yrs.
As an Archdeacon Rt. Rev. Canon FY Ogaba opened 12 new parishes in Gulu to add on the existing 11 that he found. He also elevated a number of deaneries to deaconries
During his service as an Archdeacon, he bought a prime plots within the town centre for the church, one on Olya road, Bidco shop and one on Queens Avenue where the new building is being constructed near former O’café on the left side.
He served as the Chairperson Board for the following schools; Gulu High School, Gulu Senior, Awere SS, Awach SS, Keyo SS, Gulu Primary, Onono Memorial etc.
Below is a Tribute from Ojok Cornelius, his grandson:

The crucifixion of truth
We lie to get food
We lie to get a wife, We lie to get a husband
We lie to get a job, We lie to get business opportunities
We lie to get education, We lie to get a certification
Yes, Nasser Road is a thriving university
Can a house build on sandy foundation last long?
We lie to kill, kill even the unborn
We lie to survive, is it true?
We lie to win elections
We lie to gain favour
Don’t the current rulers have a ministry for lying?
Lies are peddled as information
In my country the best liar wins,
The loser claim threats of death from mafias
Truths are as sporadic as what?
Haven’t you heard liars apologising for speaking the truth?
Who says truth has a forum?
Elections in my country is a lie competition
The most exotic carries the day
Habitually we enjoy lies?
And revere lie peddlers?
Lies are trendy in my motherland
Ask those who clings to the truth like “Koti Khaki”
Is unambitious to say the least
A shrewd liar is a rare talent
He often eats big with “big people”
His success becomes a benchmark to many
After all repeated lies become the truth, Not so?
Don’t ask how 25th became 26th then
The Bible truth has become the sole interpretation of the Bible holder
In all these the Truth is a “Gwok Cuk”,
Yes an old filthy “Market Dog”
The truth is crucified more than Jesus Christ himself
After all we all leave a life of lies
We simply can’t handle the TRUTH!

Published by La’Gulu

Aliker is the author of My Mayor (The Political Story of a Poor Elite and Rich Illitrate). Aliker is well spoken, a Blogger, Social Media Geek and an Alumni of Makerere University, Uganda Management Institute, Gulu University and University of San Diego-USA respectively.

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