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It's my birthday!

I have so far been overwhelmed with birthday wishes and prayers from my wonderful family & friends… and more are still flooding in. To say thank you, I thought to share images from my past and perhaps get you to have a good laugh.

You see, I used to be so thin that my Dad, on a visit to see me in boarding school, once taunted me in Igbo, “Nnaa, nke a idizi ka ehi afo na-asa”… meaning that I looked like a cattle suffering from diarrhea. Though my scant knowledge of stock raising, meant I had not set my eyes on such a cattle, my imagination did the rest and the message sank in. That joke, coming from my Dad, was particularly galling and he felt my ire.

Today, I am nicely filled out, a world apart from that image of the past and more likely to be likened to one who just left an Efik fattening room. For those who don’t know, the fattening room “Mbobi” is where young Efik girls in South-South, Nigeria are prepared for womanhood through a rite of passage that includes being hand-fed with heavy diets of carbohydrates, in confined isolation. You get my drift?

Ok let’s get serious here… Today, I celebrate God’s goodness and mercy towards me. I am eternally grateful to God for bringing the message of life to me through his man; Pastor Chris and setting me on the path of excellence. I thank God for my beautiful wife; Uche and for trusting us with the gift of our three lovely children. I thank God for my family, friends and acquaintances who have been an immense blessing in my life.

Enjoy my transformation from a Michael Jackson wannabe, to a fresh faced undergraduate, to a young banker and now to a young old man. **Wink**





About Kene Okoye

A creative writer, banker, pianist, composer and music promoter, Kene documents events and presents his viewpoint in compelling narratives. He sets out to create vivid pictures with his intelligent use of words and seeks to engage, thrill, educate and inspire the reader. Come on and enjoy yourself.


  1. Hahahaha KK, you have graduated now from “Efi afo na Asa” to “Efi lijuru afo”. From your pics I think you look better as a child. Check out your beautiful smile.

  2. Happy birthday Kene, your path will continue to shine brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. As for the pix, hmmm, you selected the best three, there’s one that is missing which ought to be displayed and I know that one *winks*

  3. Happy birthday Kene. Am wishing you long life and prosperity.

  4. Lol!…. You were and still are good looking. Happy bornday uncle kente! We will celebrate ƴ۵џ many years to come. Have a blast!

  5. Interesting write up!

  6. Young old man 🙂
    You are already blessed. Yet God will bless you even more beyond your imagination.
    Happy birthday bro Kene.

  7. Happy birthday to God’s very own. YOU ARE DIVINELY DESIGNED IN DESTINY BY GOD. I pray for God’s unending blessings into your. You are God’s general and Heaven celebrates your amazing greatness. God bless you. Lol

  8. Happy Birthday. It has actually been a transition (smiles). But good for you; it has been for the better. Many Congratulations. I pray you enjoy many more years in joy, peace, gladness of heart and rest. Happy Birthday!!!

  9. Happy Birthday Sir….It surely has been from glory to glory….God’s hand and mighty workings will continually uphold you and yours!

  10. Happy birthday…May God continue to bless you and your family…The best of the the pix is that Michael Jackson wannabe…enjoy.

  11. Mbanisi Kenechukwu

    It took me a while to spot the “Micheal Jackson wannabe” picture… *winks* Happy Birthday Anniversary, my dear uncle. Your presence in our lives have been a blessing! Rest assured of my deepest wishes and regard! God bless!

  12. Hey, Michael Jackson wannabe, Lols. Thank God for the transformation, the diarrhea stopped! Lols.

    I wish you LLnP IJN. As your days, so shall your strength. HBD in arrears.

  13. Laugh wan wound me o…! my MJ wanna be Bro!…u don fyn b4 b4 shaaa…Wishing u many more fruitful years ahead!

  14. Interesting write up. You are really gifted. May you continue to grow from strength to strength. I wish you the best things in Life, Long Life and Prosperity Amen. I like the Michael Jackson pix. Just add some dancing steps.

  15. Lmao. Dont worry u are forever cute. Nice one Kene.

  16. I can’t stop smiling!!!!!!!! The boy Kene was a little handsome dude o!!!! Not so sure of the in betweens!!!!

  17. Dr.Lady Ngozi Okonkwo (Assoc. Prof. of Music)

    I agree with ur dad’s comment. U were that though potentially handsome. As my music student preparing for SSCE/WASC music you were a student to be proud of (yes I don’t mind saying so now) and a good pianist. I hope u still play well despite ur career now. I wish you A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Our good Lord will grant u many many more fruitful years with ur family with many more blessing. Enjoy d day.

  18. Hahahahahaha! What a nice write up Congratulations bro kene.

  19. Thanks all for your wishes and comments. I am glad I made you laugh.

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