Tuesday, April 23, 2024
I WAS SENT

I WAS SENT

Rí’rán La Rán Mi Wá – A Yoruba eulogy for the Divine

Rí’rán la rán mi wá,

Èmi kí mo rán’rà mi;

Rí’rán la rán mi wá o-ò,

Àṣẹ d’ọwọ́ ẹni tó rán mi wá.

Rí’rán ni wọ́n rán mi wá,

Èmi kí mo rán’rà mi;

Rí’rán ni wọ́n rán mi wá o-ò,

Àṣẹ d’ọwọ́ Edù’à tó rán mi wá s’áyé.

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA)

I was sent,

I didn’t send myself;

I was sent,

Authority belongs to the one who sent me.

They sent me,

I didn’t send myself;

They sent me,

Authority belongs to the Almighty, who sent me to the world.

IMAGE: Alàgbà Ọlátúnbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀, Chief Executive Officer, Ọlátúnbọ̀sún Records Company; a prominent Yoruba bard, radio and TV personality, and social critic.

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