International Day of the World's Indigenous People

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 09/08/2017 - 17:22

According to United Nations, indigenous people are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. Today is International Day of the World Indigenous People and we leave you with these beautiful poems written in our Indigenous languages. Enjoy!

Uno-Onwu Okigbo by  Chinua Achebe

Obu onye k'ayinacho?

Obu onye k'ayi nacho?

Okigbo k'ayi nacho!

Nzomalizo!

 

Ojalu nku. nya nata!

Ochul·iyi.nya nala!

Ojel'afia. nya nata!

Okigbo k'anyi nacho!

Nzomalizo!

 

Obu onye k'ayi nacho?

Obu onye k'ayi nacho?

Okigbo k'anyi nacho!

Nzomalizo!

 

Ojebe nku. Ugboko elinia!

Ochube mmili,lyi elinia!

Ojebe afia.uzu-afia soolia

Ojebe agha.Ogbonuke biko chaalia!

Okigbo k'anyi nacho!

Nzomalizo!

 

Ezile egwu. onye gagbalayi?

Eseta ogu. Onye gagbalayi?

Onye anakponwel'ife oneme!

Okigbo k'ayi nakpo!

Nzomalizo!

 

Ngwa. nee egwu k'onabia!

Ifugo na agha awa?

Ogu-egwu choo! Dike n'ogu chaa!!

Ifurozi na onye anakpo nwel 'ife oneme!

Okigbo k'ayi nakpo!

Nzomalizo!

 

Egwu ebee na mbelede!

Mmonwu ayi ewelu mgbachi naa!

Mmili amaa dike, maa okanga!

Ojan'ajani mmooapinri!

Udu n'edu okpa-egwu awari!

Okolo nnem! Okolo Igbo!

Okolobia n'ogbo mmee!

Ogalanya na be mmoo

Okigbo ka m'nacho!

Nzomalizo

 

Ise Loogun Ise - J.F Odunjo

Awon Yoruba ni bi onirefin ko ba fingba mo, eyi
to ti fin ko le parun laelae. Okan lara awon
gbajugbaja ewi akosori ile iwe alakobere nigba
kan ri ni yii, eleyii ti opolopo awon agbalagba aye
ode oni ka ninu iwe Alawiye ti won koko te jade
lodun 1943.
Nje eyin si ranti bi?
Ise l'ogun ise
Mura s'ise ore mi
Ise la fi n'deni giga
Bi a ko ba reni feyin ti
Bi ole la'nri
Bi a ko ba reni gbekele
A tera mo'se eni
Iya re le lowo lowo
Baba re le lesin lekan
Bi o ba gbo'ju lewon
O te tan ni mo so fun o
Ohun ti a ko ba ji'ya fun
Se kii le pe lowo

Ohun ti a ba fara sise fun
Nii pe lowo eni
Apa lara
Egunpa niyekan
B'aye ba n'fe o loni
Bi o ba lowo lowo
Aye a ma fe o lola
Tabi ki o wa ni'po atata
Aye a ma ye o si terinterin
Je k'o de'ni tin rago
Aye a ma yinmu si o
Eko si'nso ni d'oga
Mura ki o ko dara dara
Bi o si r'opo eniyan
Ti won f'eko s'erin rinrin
Dakun ma f'ara we won
Iya n'bo fun'omo ti ko gbon
Ekun n'be fun'omo to nsa kiri
Ma f'owuro sere ore mi
Mura si'se ojo'nlo.

 

Yawon Duniya by Ishmail Bala

Jiya a yawon duniya
Na hadu da karamin mutum
Zan rera waka ga mai so na
Mai ajiyar karamin mutum
Dan lele zo mu yi lilo mu gangaro
Alawa ga zaki ga gardi
Sai karamin mutum

Yaushe za ka ziyarci fadata
Don nayi maka shimfidar lagwada
Ya mai so na
Sadaukar min da karamin mutum
Don na ga fararen taurari

 

 

Sources

www.goodbooksafrica.com

www.nairaland.com

scholarworks.umb.edu

Image Credit

blog.jayosbie.com

 

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