Yoruba Proverbs and their Translations

 

S/No Yoruba Proverb English Translation Notes/Comments
1. Aile fenu ko lori akapo, nii mu ki kinihun ati ekun se ode won loto-oto It is the inability of the Lion and the Leopard to agree on who will be treasurer, that calls for them to hunt separately.
2. Aikoworin ni koya  je omo ejo. Ki oka siwaju, Ki paramole ati Sebe wa tele. Ki Ejola wa mo woruru bo lehin won. Tani je doju ko awon omo ajipolowo oro ninu oko? Creepers suffer when they fail to move in a convoy. If the viper leads, followed by the puffing adder and the cobra, with the python playing their rear admiral, who dare confronts these pre-dawn hawkers of such potent venom on the farm?
 3. Buruji to buru, oruko lo nro  A wicked Buruji is motivated by his name Buruji is a name. The word “buru” in Yoruba means wicked
4. Bo ba ngbo gbe gbe gbe, bi oo ba ba won gbee, won a gbe si ehinkule re ni! At the cry of Heave! Heave!! If you do not join in heaving, it will be dumped at your backyard!

 

 

5.  Adete ko le fun wara, sugbon o le da wara nu The leper cannot milk a cow, but can always spill the milk from a cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PMS Deregulation: Buhari’s unfulfilled promise

According to the Fuel consumption Statistics [1] published by the Nigeria Office of Statistics, the average daily consumption of PMS in Nigeria is between 41m and 52m litres per day. This was the statistics in 2016. It means that the total Annual consumption will be 365 x 41m, ie 14,965million litres, or simply put, 15Billion litres per year. The figure has now risen to 55m litres in 2018 [2].

At the current retail price of N145 per litre, it means the total annual expenditure of Nigeria on PMS is N2,169Bn or N2.1Tn. Is is therefore disturbing to read in the news that Nigeria spends N774m daily on fuel subsidy [3]. Continue reading “PMS Deregulation: Buhari’s unfulfilled promise”

Youths, Drugs and drinks in the Sharia states of Nigeria

Image result for nigerian drug addictI raised the issue of drug use by the sharia states two years ago https://web.facebook.com/sfolayan/posts/10153633316529107 precisely March 18, 2016. I wrote:

“Who is looking at the increased uptake of hard drugs in the sharia states of Nigeria? Seems they banished the mild alcohol (except fermented akamu) but don’t seem to give a hoot about narcotics such as skunk. Slowly and silently, those drug-using youths in Kano are dying daily and we are all to blame. How do we help curb this scourge?” Continue reading “Youths, Drugs and drinks in the Sharia states of Nigeria”

The Aka-Ikenga of Osun State

In the news, the upcoming coronation of the indefatigable “Aka Ikenga of Osun state”.
 
From a beaded crown perched on his “omoge” aka Olori [1], to blings blings on trademark faded rasta jeans in the palace [2], then the pre-vote-of-thanks scuffle with the Ooni of Ife [3] and now a Coped Arabian Sultanate [4], There is no dull moment with the Oluwo of Iwo and his nice and accommodating people.
 

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Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Ajaokuta Steel Rot

Image result for ajaokuta steel companyA Judicial commission of inquiry into the rot that is the moribund Ajaokuta steel company, openly televised like the famous Oputa Panel, will be a clear proof that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined and committed to fight the hydra-headed monster called corruption.

This is necessary in the light of the testimony of Ms Hadiza Natasha Akpoki to the House of Representatives, currently investigating the circumstances around the concession of the Ajaokuta Steel complex and the Itakpe Iron Ore plant. Continue reading “Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Ajaokuta Steel Rot”

Our lying, Ineffective Media and the Gullible Nigerians

Image result for Tunde BakareThe mainstream media quoted pastor Tunde Bakare of having said … “Anyone who knows the true state of things in Nigeria will weep for the country…. If you truly know the truth, you will weep, if you know how much we are owing as a nation, you will weep. For 16 years of PDP they borrowed N6 trillion, for three years of APC, they borrowed N11 trillion… And they are not going to pay the debt. You and I, and our children, and our children’s children will pay the debt, unless they write them off again.”

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Vision, Mission and Values interplay – May God bless Buhari more and more!!

Image result for buhariVision: The ability to dream and come up with an idea that leap frogs the people being led, to give them a better life not later, but soonest. “Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more” — Gen 37:5.

I recommend you read “Challenges for the race of excellence” That was the vision of the ruler of Dubai. https://en.wikipedia.org/…/My_Vision:_Challenges_in_the_Rac…

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki: Your President in waiting

Image result for sarakiMy friend,  Ogunsiku Olusegun rightly observed that “Judging by the congratulations over the CCT judgement that cuts across the North and South, he is in pole position to be the next President than any other candidate(s).  Secondly, he is from the middle belt; another major factor counting for him. He is PDP in heart and APC in appearance (See how many PDP Governors have congratulated him). Except God says no, ASO Villa prepare for the next anointed President by Nigeria’s Politicians.” Continue reading “Abubakar Bukola Saraki: Your President in waiting”