Nyazabe D. Ali



Hi, my name is Nyazabe .D. Ali from Nigerian. I lost 3 sisters in within 6 years, 2 died of breast cancer (Esther & Gloria). I trust this campaign to be the greatest move against breast cancer. The epidemic has taken much from our family and I have been trying in my own way as an advocate to increase awareness by encouraging a routine check, early detection can save lives.

One thing time can not erase is the words of my eldest sister who said “I wish I had known it early “

You may wish to share my emotion (a story half told) through this composition of poem which I dedicate to them. 

Like the stars afar, tiny yet mighty, 
You fell upon the earth brightly, 
Live a fortune in Ali’s family 
As love bound our bones, 
You were never alone. 

When the journey began, 
Like a noble toodle, 
Sauntering on the tail of time, 
Waged by travails of life 
Apt on the pace, you prevailed. 
The lionesses of our family, 
You stood tall like mahogany 
Perhaps time could toil, 
But never will be my joy. 

Oh Esther! 
I couldn’t lose sight of the agony, 
The scarlet and swollen nipples, 
Spare me those memories, 
Perhaps those honourable scenes 
When with the balm on my palms, 
I massage your swollen foots; 
Now like the smoke Puff’s, 
You disappeared 
between the hyphen of despair. 

Though we throw salutes, 
To your souls sanguine, 
Gone in June 
What has the omen with you? 
Time could have tarry to tell 
Our voices aren’t mute. 

Without seizing Esther, 
It could have settled at Julianna, 
And now Sister Gloria. 

Oh! Triple stars, 
Tell cancer 
Your memories aren’t cancelled, 
Tell that merchant of agony 
Chasing our glorious stories, 
Changing them to memories, 
Stealing souls from families, 
That it will soon be a story. 

Battling against fate 
In such malignant state; 
If cancer be a ghoul, 
Chase his dismal face, 
Down your resting place, 
Fighting your best 
We shall tarry here for the rest 
Till we destroy the bad omen 
With Susan Komen
We can save more men. 

Thanks in anticipation. 
Nyazabe .D. Ali