I, SON OF ILÉ-IFẸ̀

Ilé-Ifẹ̀ is my home
Here, in the source of life
On Odùduwà’s fertile Earth crust
Where the first palm’s root burrowed

I did not come walking on my feet
My head came here before me
I claim sonship of this land
For Orisa-nla formed me

Do not mind my skin
I’ve heard Sango’s lightning
Held Ifa’s nuts, all sixteen of them
And bled my sacrifices on Ogun’s stool

Iloro’s earth, who witnessed my birth
Holds the first chapter of my death
For the rope that led me here
Is there, one with its soil…

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