Tuesday, May 28, 2024
THE WELL BRED ENTITY

THE WELL BRED ENTITY

ỌMỌ OLÚ’LÉ ỌLỌ́NÀ A Refrain for the Bride

(This classical Ekiti folksong counsels brides to ponder their backgrounds before engaging in domestic disputes. Ekiti is a subgroup within the Yoruba ethnic group in West Africa.)

Omo ol’ule ol’ona,

O ya’to s’omo igi o e-e-e;

Omo ol’ule ol’ona,

O ya’to s’omo igi o a-a-a.

Omo kan ba bi ire mo-i ja’ja igbu’la l’ule oko,

E n’le, m’Owa o-o-o-o-o!

Omo ol’ule ol’ona,

O ya’to s’omo igi o e-e-e;

Omo ol’ule ol’ona,

O ya’to s’omo igi o a-a-a.

Omo kan ba bi ire mo-i ja’ja igbu’la l’ule oko,

E n’le, m’Owa o-o-o-o-o!

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)

The well-bred entity,

Differs from an arboreal creature;

The well-bred entity,

Differs from an arboreal creature.

The well-raised lass doesn’t engage in fight-to-finish in her matrimonial home,

Greetings, Princess!

The well-bred entity,

Differs from an arboreal creature;

The well-bred entity,

Differs from an arboreal creature.

The well-raised lass doesn’t engage in fight-to-finish in her matrimonial home,

Greetings, Princess!

TALES BY MOONLIGHT YEARS

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