Osisiye – It sounds like a perfume, a fish and a vain lady. It’s so many things and it’s nothing at all. It’s long but I’ve made it short; I will make it shorter, still.
It reminds me of gratitude, it reeks of sexism. It is for the first – but I was not the first. How can a name be a story? How can a phrase carry a decade?
So it goes that a new wife was gotten and she was given a white goat, for luck. And the goat died. The new wife gave birth to a girl, which is good but not good enough. Then she gave birth to another girl, which was not good at all.
Finally, she gave birth to a boy.
Osisiyenemo. ‘God has done well for me’ because a boy has finally come.
I chipped away at the name because names are not final. Now it’s just ‘Osisiye’ which sounds like a perfume on some days. But that can be shorter still, just ‘Osi’.
My cousin has spoilt the name; he was the first ‘Osisiye’. But he joined a band and smoked too much and you know how these things go. I am like him but I am not like him. I smoke, I am an artist but I know things.
Osisiye, it’s the replacement for a goat. I’m the goat that died. It’s luck come back.
Photo Credit: Seun Idowu