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THE PHILOSOPHIES OF YORUBA PEOPLE

THE PHILOSOPHIES OF YORUBA PEOPLE

– Excursion into the Thinking of Yoruba People

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

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: The saddle is heavily laden, and the kids (young goats) are gazing. You should ask them whether their ancestors hauled such cargo.”

CLARIFICATIONS: The saddle belongs to the horse – not the goat. This axiom is useful when someone dabbles into what is beyond his/her drive. This is not an attempt to discourage people. It is an advice for people to know their limits. We encourage people to push harder, but individuals have limits beyond which they cannot push.

IMAGE: A laden horse.

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