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Celebrating a Yoruba writer

YORÙBÁ LÁKỌ̀TUN: BIRTH OF CULTURAL RENAISSANCE

In a bid to revive Yoruba language in Lagos, Nigeria, Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá, a cultural and literary enthusiast, developed Yorùbá LákỌ̀tun, an event aimed at cultural and literary renaissance. The first edition took place at Ethnic Heritage Center, Ikoyi, Lagos over the weekend. The center is a language training hub for …

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THE GROUNDED ARTIST: CELEBRATING GEORGE OLUSESAN AJEWOLE AT 70

Prince George Olusesan Ajewole of the Asedo scion from Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State has attained the golden age of 70. This calls for celebration considering the impact he has made in many lives. Baba Aje, as he is fondly called, is a teacher of teachers; a sculptor that has trained many …

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Literary Salute for TAA Ladele

Yoruba language enthusiasts gathered in the premises of the late Pa Thomas Akindele Adeniji  Ladele to celebrate his demise in a night of spoken words and dance strictly in Yoruba language tagged, Asale Asayan Oro, to give a befitting burial to the late writer. It was an event garnished with …

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BABA TAA LADELE: I MISSED MY LAST OPPORTUNITY

I have been agitated about my distance from all my old people. I am their number 1 fan as many young friends had tagged me as belonging to the older generations and not this present age. I have effectively managed the wisdom acquired from them and it is paying off …

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Think it to yourself (a translation of F’ORAN RO ARA RE by Lawuyi Ogunniran)

THINK IT TO YOUR SELF Strike yourself with a cutlass,Before lumbering,Test yourself with a cudgel,before beating a beast,Close your eyes to appreciate blindness,Try sleep to know the worth of death,Remove the leaves of a fog tree for soldier ants to attack,Place leaves in your mouth to see the wrath of …

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Don’t Underrate Me

DON’T UNDERRATE ME (translated from Lawuyi Ogunniran’s MA RO MI PIN) It is said, “what would okro do?” Nwon ni, “Kini ila o se?”Okro turned, it overmatured, Ila se bee, o ko,They said, “what would garden egg do?” Nwon ni, “Kini ikan o se?”Garden egg wore garment of blood, Ikan …

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LIVING WITH CAUTIOUS PLEASURE (A translation of F’ESO JAIYE by LAWUYI OGUNNIRAN)

Ma kanju jaiye, ore mi.Saa ni a ani, a ki il’aiye.F’eso jaiye, f’eso lo’gba.Pele di owo re a-mulele.Eda t’o gb’eyin le’ri kii pantete,Pele l’arewa irin,Jeje l’omo Olola iyan.Igba onipele ki foAwo onipele kii faya;Ohun a f’eso mu kii bajeOhun a f’agbara mu, koko ni leEso pele ni a a p’amukuruA …

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