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THE SPLENDOR OF YORUBA LANGUAGE

THE SPLENDOR OF YORUBA LANGUAGE

– “Just Do It”

YORUBA: Tí a bá lu Ògbóni jẹ́jẹ́, a ó san ẹgbàáfà. Tí a bá lu Ògbóni bàtàbàtà, a ó san ẹgbàáfà. Ǹjẹ́ kò kúkú sàn k’á lu Ògbóni bàtàbàtà, k’á san ẹgbàáfà?

ENGLISH: If we beat the fraternal-chief gently, we would pay 12,000 cowries. If we beat the fraternal-chief severely, we would pay 12,000 cowries. Why not just beat the fraternal-chief severely and pay 12,000 cowries?

CLARIFICATIONS: This aphorism is beneficial to those who dither in the face of critics. It is a kind of reinforcement for people to do what they intend to do, because some people will criticize them, no matter what they do.

IMAGE: Yoruba drummer girl.

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