Tuesday, May 28, 2024
TRAVELER’S GUIDE, CARRY ME HOME

TRAVELER’S GUIDE, CARRY ME HOME

Agbe Gbé mi Dé’lé – A ‘safe journey’ refrain chanted by itinerants in Yorubaland. Being a tonal language, a single word in Yoruba could mean different things. The word, ‘agbe,’ in this song could mean a number of things. However, the ‘traveler’s guide’ is applicable in this instance.

Agbe gbe’mi de’le oo,

Agbe, gbe mi de’leee!

Agbe gbe’mi de’le oo,

Agbe, gbe mi de’leee!

A kii r’ajo ka ma de’le o,

Agbe, gbe mi de’leee!

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)

Traveler’s guide, carry me home,

Traveler’s guide, carry me home!

Traveler’s guide, carry me home,

Traveler’s guide, carry me home!

We don’t go on expedition without returning home,

Traveler’s guide, carry me home!

IMAGE: Center of the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife,) located in the city of Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba people.

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