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THE PHILOSOPHIES OF YORUBA PEOPLE – 1

THE PHILOSOPHIES OF YORUBA PEOPLE – 1

– Excursion into the Thinking of the Descendants of Oduduwa

The Yoruba ethnic group is one of the prevailing civilizations in West Africa. The exquisiteness of Yoruba language is showcased in many ways, including how the speakers use words in parables, folksongs, rhymes, and anecdotes. Yoruba people use parables, folksongs, rhymes, and anecdotes as the vehicles for transferring their thoughts from individuals to individuals, and communities to communities. The following allegory reveals the inventiveness of the descendants of Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, the ancestral father of the Yoruba people:

YORUBA: A di gàárì s’ílẹ̀, ọmọ ewúrẹ́ ńyọ’jú. Ẹ̀ bá bi wọ́n l’érè wò bóyá ẹrù baba wọn ni?

ENGLISH: The saddle is heavily laden, and the kids (young goats) are gazing. You should ask them whether their ancestor hauled such cargo.

CLARIFICATIONS: This maxim comes handy when an individual attempts to do what is clearly beyond his or her capability.

IMAGE: Young goats.

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