Oh, Yeye Bola, oh!

Sarah Dessen in her book, The Truth About Forever, fittingly wrote; “That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.”

That is exactly the sentiment; perhaps it will be so for a very long time, about the passing on of the irrepressible Yeye Bola Dare.

Bola Dare, imposing in height and attractive as beauty comes, was a woman of many parts: socialite, political organiser, philanthropist and a God-sent for the abandoned babies.

Yeye loved the klieg lights, and she got plenty of it; from the ridiculous to the vintage. As a socialite, she was the soul of any party she attended.

Given her drive, she was friend to the political elite, no matter the political divided. But what has etched Bola in the hearts of people is her unbridled compassion for those rejected by their parents at birth; abandoned children.

Despite her flaws, there was no denying that Yeye Dare was Nigeria’s Mother Theresa. She settled only for the best for her over 40 “children.” It was a sight to see her dotting on these little souls.

Despite her saintly work, death came when she had huge dreams and has left many wondering; what next for the Mother Theresa Orphanage? Yeye, now that you have gone, tell God to raise another like you to finish the task which you started for these kids to live the dream of a better life you had for them.



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