Maktub – It is Written
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Albert Einstein
Monday, August 15, 2016, on a warm sunny summer in Austin, Erykah Badu’s song “Phone Down” came on the radio. Pure nostalgia. Her song made my wife Adibah, and I rejoice and reflect on our 13 years being together because her music has revolved around our relationship.
We gleefully reminisced on songs from Mama’s Gun, Baduizm to the more recent Telephone album and how they connected to our lives as individuals and as a couple. For instance, in the fall of 2003, to my pleasant surprise, Adibah sent Badu’s “Worldwide Underground” CD to my dorm while I was studying at the University of Ghana. Just hearing “I Want U” from that album brings a smile to our faces.
After our brief trip down memory lane, Adibah then spoke about the great experience one of our friends who is a musician had when she met Badu in-person. Both of us agreed on how cool it would be to meet her because she gives off beautiful energy through her music, interviews, and live performances and because of her music’s prominent role in our relationship.
Then, the conversation veered into Adibah’s insistence of naming our in-utero child “Erykah” if it was a girl. I was hesitant because I had other names in mind. This pregnancy was unique because, after the removal of one ovary and depressing meetings with three OB-GYN specialists, our chances of a successful pregnancy was extremely low. For the name of this child, I wanted to pray, meditate, and wait for a special sign to present itself for the name for our miracle pregnancy.
Fast forward two days later. On August 17, at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, while waiting for our flight back to Abu Dhabi… guess who we meet???
Special sign? Definitely. Erykah it is.
Erykah Khadija-Amelia Hayes, born February 22, 2017.
Happy Birthday Erykah Badu and thank you for the inspirational music you have provided to us.