Tuesday, May 28, 2024
ODE TO CONTEMPTIBLE MUDSLINGERS

ODE TO CONTEMPTIBLE MUDSLINGERS

– For Those who Have Been Slandered by Those Who Should Uplift Them

YORUBA: Èdùmàrè b’ẹwà f’ódídẹrẹ́; ọmọ aráyé d’epo si l’ára. Kàkà kó bàjẹ́ fun, se ló túbọ̀ ńrẹwà si. Ìbàjẹ́ ènìyàn kò dá’ṣẹ́ Olúwa dúró …” – Late Stephen Oladipupo Owomoyela (Dr. Orlando Owoh,) eminent Nigerian composer, vocalist, guitarist, and social critic.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: The creator bequeathed beauty to parrot; humans dispensed palm-oil on it. Instead of losing its beauty, the parrot became more colorful… Humans’ slandering doesn’t impede God’s work…

IMAGE: Parrot.

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