Tuesday, April 23, 2024
OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

Orò Ilé Wa: Orthodox Yoruba devotees composed this song, to support traditional festivals, when foreign religions started overtaking the traditional beliefs.

Oro ile wa l’awa n’se-e o,
Oro ile wa l’awa n’se o,
Esin kan ko pe, oo-ee!
Esin kan ko pee k’awa ma s’oro ile wa’a o,
Oro ile wa l’awa n’se’e o.

Awa o s’oro ile wa’a o,
Awa o s’oro ile wa o,
Esin kan ko pe, oo-ee!
Esin kan ko pee k’awa ma s’oro ile wa’a o,
Awa o s’oro ile wa o.

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)

We are reveling in our cultural heritage,
We are reveling in our cultural heritage,
No religion precludes us, oh eh!
No religion precludes us from reveling in our cultural heritage,
We are reveling in our cultural heritage.

We shall revel in our cultural heritage,
We shall revel in our cultural heritage,
No religion precludes us, oh eh!
No religion precludes us from reveling in our cultural heritage,
We shall revel in our cultural heritage.

IMAGE: A men’s group at Ojude-Oba Festival, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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