Tuesday, April 23, 2024
YORUBALAND: WHERE THE DEEP CALLS TO THE DEEP

YORUBALAND: WHERE THE DEEP CALLS TO THE DEEP

– The Brilliance of Yoruba Language

YORUBA: Ẹ jẹ́ k’á rìn gbẹ̀rẹ̀, k’á ṣe’bí ẹni t’ó f’ẹsẹ̀ kọ́, k’á w’ẹni t’ó ma ṣe’ni pẹ̀lẹ́. Ẹ jẹ́ k’á sùn, k’á ṣe’bí ẹni t’ó kú, k’á w’ẹni t’ó ma ṣè’dárò ẹni.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: Let’s pace wobblingly, act stumblingly, and see who pacifies us. Let’s repose, act like we are deceased, and see who expresses sympathy for us.

CLARIFICATIONS: It is hard to tell the true feelings of the people around us when things are good. We discover the true feelings of others when we run into hard times. Some of those who act like friends today could be “fair weather friends.”

IMAGE: Yoruba women – at Ojude Oba Festival, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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