Thursday, June 20, 2024
YOU RECOGNIZE, BUT FAIL TO APPREHEND THE BANDIT

YOU RECOGNIZE, BUT FAIL TO APPREHEND THE BANDIT

– A Yoruba cultural refrain that admonishes people for not doing enough to discourage unethical practices.

E r’oju ole, e o mu,

E r’oju ole, e o mu o,

Omo yin o s’agba’fo,

O nk’aso w’ale,

E r’oju ole, e o mu o-o-o.

E r’oju ole, e o mu,

E r’oju ole, e o mu o,

Omo yin o s’agba’fo,

O nk’aso w’ale,

E r’oju ole, e o mu o-o-o.       

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit,

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit,

Your child is not a dry-cleaner,

But brings home exclusive garments,

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit.

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit,

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit,

Your child is not a dry-cleaner,

But brings home exclusive garments,

You recognize, but fail to apprehend the bandit.

IMAGE: The face of the Moon.

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