Inira (Hardship)

Man was born to die, but between the points of inception and death is _asiko_. Whatever he makes of it what is reflected in his life, even after his demise.
In the meantime, he sorts for ways to make himself comfortable in life as he awaits the cold touch of iku. _Aye l’oja, orun n’ile_.

Raji Bamidele
artiste Raji Bamidele

Raji Bamidele Abdulgaffar also known as Radelart on social media platforms is a student at the University of Lagos presently studying  actuarial science and insurance yet holds a great gift of art. He is from the centre north of Nigeria (Kogi state). He is a silver  member  of the Africa’s young entrepreneurs (AYE), an  award-winning […]

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Man was born to die, but between the points of inception and death is _asiko_. Whatever he makes of it what is reflected in his life, even after his demise.
In the meantime, he sorts for ways to make himself comfortable in life as he awaits the cold touch of iku. _Aye l’oja, orun n’ile_.
From the moment he is born, he begins to learn; from experience, from society.

Then life hits, _inira bere_. Life becomes an _aginju_, one that he can not compass himself out of. He toils in _asan_, his efforts are a shout into the void. The arms are not strong enough to withhold the struggles. His hands are unable to stop the clouds from drenching him in _ibi_.

This takes a toll on him, as he begins to live in paranoia, dwelling in fear, fighting for a daily bread  day after  day, year after year after year, constantly wondering _bi ola se ma ri_. This weakness, therefore, provokes the need to believe in mysteries, however ridiculous, just to make life a bit tolerable. So, He burns candles, baths in rivers, prays in starvation to destroy the _Aje_ his _Woli_ said tied down his _Ogo_.

And as the years pass on, the realisation of the energy and resources wasted begin to dawn heavily on him. _O gba kamu_, as he waits for _ojo iku_…

Translation of the Yoruba  words and phrase

Asiko:        Time.

Aye l’oja, orun n’ile:       It is a Yoruba expression meaning we’re just visitors on earth. Heaven is our home.

Inira bere:     Hardship begins.

Aginju:       Wilderness.

Asan:      futility

Ibi:       Misfortune.

Bi ola se ma ri:        A Yoruba expression to describe what the future holds.

Aje:       Witch.

Woli:     Prophet.

Ogo:      Glory; Destiny. It is generally believed that everyone is chosen for a particular assignment. That purpose is what is referred to as the destiny. Ogo, here, means glorious destiny.

O gba kamu:      He resigns to fate; He gives up.

Ojo Iku:           The day of his death.

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