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SANGO: by Aremu Adams Adebisi

Jakuta, son of Aganju,
Violent ruler, grandson of Oduduwa;
Who rescued Alaafin Ajaka
When he was being sent for by the Owu people,
So that he fought till he was made Alaafin.
He who screams with thunderbolt.
He who kills but is not killed.
The dragon that consumes other dragons with fire.

Sango, yes he is Sango!
Sango, the third Alaafin of Oyo.
Beat him Omele, you are in trouble,
Beat him Iya-ilu, you are doomed;
Bata drum is his favourite.
Sango, the god of thunder and lightening,
Betrothed to Osun, Oba and Oya —
Oya, the rain-making deer-woman,
Favourite of Jakuta;
Hence Sango, the husband of Oya.
When thunder claps, it’s his handling.
When lightening strikes, Sango makes it so;
Hardly will you see that, without the downpour of Oya.
He who waves his double-headed axe;
The fiery son of Obatala.
The king did not hang himself,
He killed the stubborn Gbonka with his ferocious fire.
The king of Koso,
Husband of Oya,
I hail thee.


Author: Aremu Adams Adebisi

Aremu Adams Adebisi is a poeticist, a realist and author of the book Transcendence.

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