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Tolulope Arotile, By Simbo Olorunfemi

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Tolulope Arotile

She dared.

She dreamt.

She took on wings

when some would not even dare walk.

She took to the sky

so the ground could be safe.

She took on her gear,

saw combat,

came back safe

only to have her wings tragically plucked

while on recess.

Tolulope Arotile, By Simbo Olorunfemi


We lost her.

We are sad.

We mourn.

We are angry.

We cry over our failings.



Can we, for once, mourn as one?

Can we let the tears run down in peace?

Can we pull together, rather than dig trenches?

Can we, for once, bury the divide?

Can we, for once, let go of the assumptions

and simply let the facts speak to us?

Can we let the tears wash our minds

and caress our souls?


She is gone.

She flies now, without the wings.

She flies, unhindered by the gear,

unrestrained by time,

unencumbered by us


Tolulope Arotile,

the best of us.

symbolised the best in us

She dared.

She rose to the occasion.

She took on wings when the nation called.


Now she has taken on new wings

She flies unhindered

above the radar

She flies.


If only we will let the tears wash over the divide.

If only we can find a way to pull together

rather than keep tripping over ourselves.

If only we can let go of the endless accusations

unending strife and mindless killings

and simply embrace peace

So she can truly fly unhindered.