The Fragrance of Memories: Yinka@50

From the rising sun on a wet Wednesday morning of May 10 in the year 1972, a baby girl was delivered into the Gansallo family house, at the famous Island Maternity Hospital on Lagos Island. Indeed, a wide-eyed cry announced my landing which foretold a bewildering future. 

The astonishing resemblance of my late paternal Great-Grandmother, Lady Sophia Mori-Lewa DaSilva was so noticeable, I was instantly nicknamed “Atupa Parlor” after her (meaning the bright lantern that brightens a room) or sometimes “Emi Mama l’oke” (grandma’s breath) usually indicating the strong enduring personality of her industrious nature and philanthropy.

Today as I turn 50, I am beyond words on how many descriptive adjectives I have left in me from Professor Alo’s semantics class at Uniport, which is so unlike me. But deep inside, I can feel this colossal triumphant jubilation going on, it’s like there’s a non-stop praise gig happening! And am being invited to celebrate.

So, sometimes in life we get the chance to start again, we breathe deep to stand tall. We are offered a choice to either deal with the hiccups life throws at us, live with it or leave it behind.

We prepare to make our way without knowing whether the future will wait for us to catch up on missed opportunities… or we just brave it, with our faith, with love by relying on our reflective light. 

For me, this is the morning that I’ve dreamed of. The anniversary of all the enchanting and whimsical events I have encountered! Jubilee of unbelievable but jaw dropping testimonies! Reminiscing on all the principled life skills and platform for spirituality my Mother has instilled in me, the importance of education and values of setting goals mentoring from the most astute man I know, my late father.

I am who You say I am. I am chosen. I am Loved.

My Gratitude Runs Deep.

And my journey begins, with steps so few, that a child could count them. 

A new dawn… forged by the force of life itself.

And if I have spent a lot of my life trying to understand why and how absurd things happen, trying to have boundaries, and then trying to enforce them. Well, I’m finally understanding that I don’t need to be loud or demanding to have healthy boundaries. I don’t need to determine how other people behave around me. I just need to pre-decide how I will react when other people behave otherwise.

Setting healthy boundaries means being clear about asserting one’s mental health capability, especially when you clock an important milestone.

And with my ongoing Project 50 and beyond to mark this milestone (www.project50andbeyond.com) I pray for wisdom and ask God to determine my thoughts, words and actions.

As this is just the beginning of a potpourri of untold stories in my memoir. . . ‘The Fragrance of Memories’

Yours in HOPE, as I share one of my favorite songs “Dependable God” by Victor Thompson.

Olayinka.

26 thoughts on “The Fragrance of Memories: Yinka@50

  1. Happy 50th Birthday woman of God ….. I pray that this your Jubilee year will continue into your next birthdays, bigger celebrations much joy, love , grace and prosperity in the mighty name of Jesus . Love you sis. I celebrate this milestone with you. Woman of God. Blessings.

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  2. What a day to celebrate @50. We are now looking forward to celebrate 60th,70th , and 80th to enjoy our grandchildren. It is a journey from day one and we put all the glory to the Lord to lead us and guide us. On this 50th birthday 🎉 it was a journey indeed. It’s your special day and have a blast with your children and hubby.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !!!!
    With unconditional love ❤️ always

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  3. Happy Happy birthday Sis Yinka! You are truly an amazing lady and one of a kind. This is so beautiful. You’re Fantastic at Fifty!!! 😍. May God bless your new age IJMN. 🙏😘😘😘

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  4. Happy birthday my beautiful miss ganzy as we fondly call you God has really been faithful to you and you beautiful family welcome to your jubilee year God will keep you will see your children’s children in Jesus Name enjoy your day girlfriend

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  5. Big congratulations my dearest sister for this golden jubilee. The God that kept you for 50years will keep you for another in Jesus name. Amen. Happy birthday.

    Bose Oviasu

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  6. Congratulations Yinka,
    Happy Golden Jubilee birthday to you darling Yinka. May you continue to age gracefully in good health, happiness and prosperity.

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  7. Congratulations Yinka,
    Happy Golden Jubilee birthday to you darling Yinka. May continue to age gracefully in good health, happiness and prosperity.

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  8. Happy 50th birthday to you ma , may this year be the year you win more on every side, the fifth floor looks good on you may God grant you long life and good health.🎈🎂❤️🎉🎉🎉 I have a presentation gift for you
    With nice song from my artist. Higher higher shall you go .

    OGUNLEKE KAYODE
    KBABA THE LOVE DOCTOR

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  9. So beautifully written and so true!!! Happy 50th sis. The 5th floor marks a move to greater glory. You are indeed blessed and it is well with you and all yours…. Lovely pics😘

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    • Dr. Helen❤️ Amen and amen! ❤️❤️❤️since FGGC Sagamu days! Countdown to your 50 too in Canada by God’s grace Sis 👍

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  10. Happy birthday to a wonderful person with great personality. Yinks, I wish you long life, Gods blessings and prosperity. Enjoy dearie mi.

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  11. God is great indeed.
    Happy birthday to someone I have known all my life 🥰♥️♥️
    You shall celebrate more milestones in Jesus name.
    See you very soon God willing

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