the people make him,
his attitude, his real inheritance.
Identity all over him, tribal marks all over him
that’s his name, tattooed on him.
No delicacy can be like *amala,
black or white must be abula, *eba-odan and amala polities,
its the medicine to all illness.
Diplomatic getting insultive,
its a way of conversation, but sound and seems normal,
known for it, a way of his custom.
when he speaks,
can’t forget “penkele mess”*
welcoming and accommodating,
lacks little but has enough, with industrialization power?
yet, are finger lighters
to be undefeatable,
born and proud to be Ibadan!
*Abula is a mixture two soups (e.g. ewedu and gbegiri) in the same plate to enjoy Amala, popular among the Yoruba people.
*Penkele mess The story behind “penkele mess” is a popular politician who meant to say ‘peculiar mess’ but said ‘penkele mess!’
*Eba-odan is a way of saying ‘Ibadan’
Written by: Adebisi Oluwabukolami
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
I am a member of the WRR editorial team.