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YORUBA: LANGUAGE OF THE DISCERNING

YORUBA: LANGUAGE OF THE DISCERNING

– A Word to the Wise

YORUBA: Bí ìlù bá ńdún “ẹ pá, ẹ pá,” a ma ńjo ní mẹ̀lọ mẹ̀lọ ni.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: When the drum starts sounding, “kill him, kill him,” we start dancing to it cautiously.

CLARIFICATIONS: When danger manifests in the course of an endeavor, it is reasonable to exercise caution. This maxim admonishes people to be vigilant when something appears off beam in what they do.

IMAGE: Gangan – the Yoruba “Talking Drum.”

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