August 20, 2014 Obara Meji 185Comment

Aboru Aboye 0000!!!, Today August 20th 2014, all Orisha People in Nigeria and around the world will celebrate Isese day, which is Day of Tradition. Today in Nigeria all Babalawo’s. Iyanifa’s Ololorishas and everyone who practices the tradition way of life which is the practice, worship and veneration of Ifa/Orisha will celebrate this day for all its worth. The appropriate greeting for this day is Isese Lagba (E-shay-shay-Lag-ba which means Tradition is the best way, or tradition is on top of all religions), after someone greets you Isese Lagba, you will answer Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa (E-shay-shay- Bug-bo Wa! Which means, Tradition will stay with us always!

Isese Lagba! Today all traditional people will wear white clothes in celebration of Isese day, the Day in Nigeria where Tradition is celebrated and all Orishas are fed and honored. There will be a big celebration on this day with many festivals (festival is the same as party) and conferences held all over Nigeria with people coming from near and far to attend. Isese is the Yoruba word for Tradition. It is now a national holiday, but as you can see in two of the videos below it was a fight for it to be recognized by the Government as such. Christians and Muslims are accorded holidays and days where upon which their religions are celebrated, but for our traditional religion to be recognized by government openly, we had to fight.

I practice Isese the authentic way, the way of the Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria. I was initiated there, there are some who have gone to the mother land to initiate, but “mix” the practice with what is known as Lucumi or other practices, I do not. Jamaican rice and peas tastes the best when prepared the traditional way with real coconut milk, not evaporated milk, or even coconut powder.

The Orishas  are with us, they are born everyday within the consciousness of a new born, whether they know it or not, it is important especially people of African descent to know their path, it matters not where in Africa you are led to or drawn to, it matters that you respect and honor the tradition of your ancestors.

The African is unconscious, more so throughout the diaspora. We have lost our traditional values, therefore we have lost our way. Africans around the world, will see us today dressed in traditional clothing and honoring our Roots, and heritage and culture and they will join with others and call us uneducated, baboons, and devil worshipers, all because we have not forgotten the ways of old. All because we have not conformed to religion.

The African throughout the diaspora is unconscious, he is unconscious because he has conformed to ways which are not apart of his cultural make up, he has given up, and has laid down like a lamb to the slaughter and have joined his oppressors with their doctrines which they have used to trick him, the African, who now hates himself, his people and his land of Origin. They have used false doctrines to deceive and defeat his  mind, and have even tricked him into believing that once the shackles of slavery has been removed, he is free, when they already knew behind their secret smiles that the shackles of the mind would still bound him into the worse kind of slavery, that of the mind! Religious indoctrination!, O Ma Se ooooo! (what a pity)

The oppressors has given him the same tools, the Bible and the Koran to use to enslave the minds of his fellow man, his kin, his brothers and sisters, and they all began to enslave each other while condemning our same kind who have found the chutzpah to swim against the current and stand for what they believe in, which is the original way, tradition.

The African is Unconscious when he believes the lies of media, and Hollywood propaganda and he measures wealth by money and gold, and land and holdings, but not see wealth in knowledge and culture, and a belief system that, with and through nature and the knowledge of nature which holds the secrets of God, we have everything! Money is another form of slavery, and if you measure your brothers and sisters and even yourself  by its weight then you are even more backward than how you believe they are!!

Isese Lagba!!

Isese is not fighting against anothers belief, it is embracing and honoring the tradition of our ancient people, who have left this wonderful legacy for us, which we must continue to observe and be proud of! People are now waking up to what the elders of old knew way before!

What can I say other than,  Iba (I pay my respect or I give homage to)

Iba Olodumare (God)

Iba Orunmila (Ifa)

Iba Esu (Eshu)

Iba Ogun

Iba Obatala

Iba Osun (Oshun)

Iba Oya

Iba Sango

Iba Obaluaye

Iba Yemoja

Iba Olokun

Iba Ori Eleda

Iba Oba

Iba Oduduwa

Iba all Odus of Ifa

Iba Egungun

Iba Iya Onile

Iba Oluwo

Iba Ojubona

Iba Balbalawo

Iba Iyanifa

Iba gbobobo ab orisa patapata

These two videos speak very well on the importance of Isese, the Government has since recognize this day!!

This is a Ifa poem I got from the internet on Isese

IFA on what is Isese?

The ocean is filled to the brim
The lagoon is filled to capacity
Alasan is going to Asan
Alasan is going to Asan, the Awo of the top of the rock
The elders thought the matter over
And realized that it was no longer favorable
They used their mustaches to cover their faces
And spread their beards firmly over their chest
These were the declarations of Ifa to Isese (Traditionalism)
What is one’s Isese
Olodumare is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
One’s Mother is one’s Isese
Before appeasing any Orisa
It is Isese we ought to appease
One’s Father is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
The male genital organ is one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
The female genital organs one’s Isese
It is Isese we ought to appease
Before appeasing any Orisa
Please let us appease Isese
Isese if the father of all Etutu
The Isese of your mother’s lineage
The Isese of your father’s lineage
May they all give approval to this Ebo?
Before we appease any Orisa

Ilẹ̀kùn tí ò bá ní alùgbàgbà, kó yára dẹ́kun àpárá dí dá /
A door that has no frame ought to cease all pranks……Yoruba Proverb! 

[Operate within your means]

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji!

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It’s remarkable to go to see this web page and reading
the views of all friends about this post, while I am also keen of getting knowledge.

MTH
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Yep girl, tradition is the way..

kiabubblez
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kiabubblez

Isese Lagba Gbobo Wa!!! Obaraaaaaaaaaaaaaa Ekaro

MTH
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Bubblez clap yu self, but it is the other way around. Flour with cornmeal. (eg. you go to the shop to buy 2 lbs of flour. You say 2lbs mix flour and the shop keeper gives you about about 1/34 lb flour and 1/4 cornmeal)…

kiabubblez
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MTH cornmeal n flour

MTH
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Mi cum back wid mi riddle…Unno still nuh know what is mix flour? Bubblez have a go at it.

MTH
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I am excellent Teach.

Cami: Just saw ur comment where you mentioned that I am important to the ES fambo. Thanks Cami.

Bubblez: Mi come a school early man…

Ty: Respect mi friend…

kiabubblez
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Ekaro Obara MTH ooh yu reach class early todeh lol all fambo love n light

Ty
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Ekaro esp fambo… Bawoni oremi…odigba…

MTH
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Ekaro all…Teach how yu duh?

Cami
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Onu run gone study…lol Alright, me ago watch the video and take notes. I’ll be cruising the board till I drop asleep though.

Cami
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Me just a see movie fi watch. I need to watch the Dr. Ben and the movie in a little while, then.

Cami
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I will be composing my thoughts/questions on a legal pad for tomorrow. Yw, hope you’ll be in attendance.

Ty
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On a side note….If you have elections next Tuesday, please remember to vote…it is these small elections that matter most for your community…

Me di deh bright and early

Ty
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Di video with Dr. Ben was amazing…we Africans smart no backside…

Obara Meji
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Deh yah wid yuh cami

Ty
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Happy birthday baby Amh…wishing both you and you family good always…

Wishing you long life, good health, every reachable opportunity and potential, love to grasp you at every corner, wealth, prosperity, knowledge, and peace …ASE!!!

Courtney
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Ty are u bahamian?

Ty
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Nope Courtney, yardie to the core

day "dream" alston
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Isese Lagba Obara & Bloggers! Excellent Post.

Toy
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Ok I am back… I have read the book, but i have to finish watching the video. I have to be here early tomorrow. Nunu don’t remind of that man. He was very brazen with his outdated hairstyle

NuNu
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Hush mumz, lol mi not go call you chocolatte neither, him did brite!

Obara Meji
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Grung

Ty
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Isese lagba gbogbo wa Courtney….

Sorry autocorrect

Courtney
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Hey everyone

Isese Lagba

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa Courtney!!

Ty
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Isese laggard gbogbo wa Courtney

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Isese Lagba all my sweeties! Mi just a reach back! Did a sort out a ting! Olodumare is too good to mi… I had to shed a tear!

Mi gone read and ketch up! I are ere wid unuh ya now inna mi full suite a white! Chat bout!

Ty
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Hey Yazzy…glad you reach…love the white…

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Thank you Ty!

Ty
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We will watch movie after… dr. Clarke is a boss…I really need to learn more about Egypt…thank you Obara for this

Ty
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I am here looking at the videos of the egungun parade, it would want to look like our Junkanoo… So glad that all was not lost, we still have elements left…

Ty
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Mth I have no idea what mix flour is

Obara Meji
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Yes Ty it remind me of jankanu fi true

MTH
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Teach it look like a me an you alone dey here..

MTH
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Teach mi naah gi out di ansa yet…Mek mi wait likkle an si if nuh baddy can guess is what…

MTH
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Ok Teach…

Riddle: What is mix-flour?

MTH
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Ok mi back now…

Nunu you still dere? Everybody gone?

MTH
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Roll call… who and who dey here?

NuNu
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Mi deh here

Cami
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Me ago road fi a bit. Be back at night fall.

MTH
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AMH kiss Big A for me…Tell her Aunty M said hello and belated happy birthday…

Toy
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Ok yes I will let sir Joe know. Mister seemed upset today he said this the 3rd time you have been late. He said he don’t like it! he like when you greet him on time.

Toy
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Happy birthday to Amh daughter! wishing your daughter many many more birthdays! Have a blessed birthday baby Amh!

Yazzy
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Yazzy

Awwwww!! Birthday wishes to baby AMH!! Isese Lagba AMH and her sweeties! Mucho blessings!

Cami
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Happy Birthday to your little one AMH; Isese Lagba to you and yours.

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Toy will also provide the chocolate milk! Everytime mi tink bout dat deh jherri curl one mi haffi laugh! Poor Toy

MTH
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Teach, Toy neva hear di saying ‘chicken merry, hawk dey near’…

MTH
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TY, kiss Baby Y for me…Nunu, a today a AMH daughter’s birthday?

Cami
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MTH, see why yu important round here? You all remember bloggers children birthdays!

NuNu
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I think it was yesterday

MTH
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Hahahahah, Nunu hush mi neva know sey di ole a di wuk wudda tumble dung pan yu..

Ty
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Gone to pick up the little ones…today is the baby’s first day going to big boy school with his big brother…

My baby is growing up…tears…

Yazzy
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Awww!

Toy
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I know how you feel!

NuNu
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Was he scared?

Ty
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No…he was excited, after we sign him in, him gone…

Ty
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Ore Yeye Osun…

The dance moves in the song above, I can do… Now to learn the words of the song…

NuNu
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Ty a you seh commitment! Dats right yah sis!

NuNu
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Jeezas peez mi neva deh ask yuh fi kill mi off teach please an tonks! Outta door too hot nung fi guh duh alla dat , mi leff di jug a juice wid ice sida bredda yw him can gwaan control dat.(Ty please nuh drink out di man sorrel,cho), Mi already patch di fence suh di neighbor puss cyaan come chue. Mi call San -He fi bring di tings dem and mi outsource some di wuk to Toy(bless yuh fi di help mumz) plus mi nah chuble nuh more a Beryl pidgin dem cause a di pidgin dem did use a Pinky feeneral fi di release of di ‘doves’ at the gravesite.

Ty
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Today, I placed oranges and fresh flowers, lit candles on my candles to celebrate Isese… I am slo wearing full white as Obara instructed…my kids wearing white shirts today too…

Yazzy
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Ty I love that the kids are actively involved! Isese Lagba!

Ty
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Grung…

I miss Jcan traditions, like Christmas time my grandparents would paint the house, white wash the tree bases, out up new curtains and sheets…

Cami
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Yah read me mind from Saturday the white washing of the tree catch me curiosity. Why dem do it, Ty?

Ty
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Cami, I am not too sure of the reason…

Sometimes I would see my grandfather give coins to the trees that our navel string plant under…and even drop some white rum to…

NuNu
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My grandfather use to do the white painting too Ty

MTH
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Unno gimme 5 minutes mi soon come back…Mi have a riddle fi unno (in keeping wid di topic) if unno waan mi ask unno sey me..if mi si 3 me den mi ask, if not mi tan suh back an gwan kip Teach company…

Cami
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Fling de riddle.

MTH
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Teach, you know what you are saying about the soap (even though you are saying it in jest) it is very serious…Ppl were very grateful for the soaps not so long ago..(Den dem get ‘exposed’) and know sey more things dey a farrin, wey ppl can bring, suh greed/bad mind whatever, got into dem and dem start chat behind ppl back…

I remember when I was about 8, this lady in the community (memba a country mi grow) got some m clothes from farrin and I remember my father (Mr. Talk big) told the lady to come by our house and give us eevrything we wanted. I looked at some t-shirts I can distinctly remember my sister choosing one that said where is the beef? Apparently that was a slang in America…I remember seeing a t-shirt that said ‘Mom & Dad went to the Bahamas and all I got was this lousy shirt”. I was like wtf? yu di gi mom and dad nutten fi pu-dung? They started with the children..cute stuff that made you smile but there was a sublime message…Yu fi get more, the small tings nuh matta. (All yu get fram Bahamas is a t-shirt, mom and dad should have brought you a casino)…

Toy
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Wad up everyone! I miss you all it has been a busy week. Isese Lagbe we honor you today!

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Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa Toy!!

Cami
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Isese Lagba Gbobo wa to you Toy…Beautiful day.

MTH
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Nunu a you fi deal wid di beverage…Mek sure yu get 2 Smirnoff Ice, some Dragon and Guiness…Guh dung a Miss Cherry guh get a block a ice…

NuNu
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Arite M mi wi look bout dat. Di one Cami she nah leggo off a di icecream duppy suh since him seem fi have access to icecream him can bring a carton fi Cami. Cam Cam dawlin’ wha flavor yuh want?

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lolol…I want rum and raisin and tell him don’t even take a smudge out of eat…him nyame too much ice cream already! lolol

Cami
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Yes NuNu, yu can gi de ice cream lover de Ice fi carry…dwlnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Yazzy
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Lmfaooooo!! Lawd gash from a bawn. Cami mad nuh hell. Unuh jealous a nunu icecream duppy man eenuh.

MTH
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Teach fi di most part ppl looked out fi get di 2 likkle soap. When ppl got irish spring, de m open it but nuh tek it out a di box mek it sweet up di bathroom…

MTH
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Lawd Teach, nuh badda mek tek put mi back pan probation…Me and mi dutty vulgar laugh…(Actually mi miss dat)…Cami is a trip…Mi like har bad..Memba a she di tell mi bout Old Harbour Square when mi did dream seet (May 23, 2014)

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Suh how come everybaddi get sumn fi duh, an mi nuh get nutten at least mi gi Yazzy di two ganzy dem fi shi press. M like how sorrel and rum punch mek fi yuh mi can beg yuh a tall glass?

MTH
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YW everything capasettic man nuh watch nuh face…

Another tradition we had in Jamaica is when ppl guh farrin an come back, dem wudda wrap up 2 irish spring or 2 old spice an stretch dem hand to yu…Now when dem travel dem naah gi yu nutten dem ask if a you and dem buy di plane ticket…

NuNu
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Isese Lagba fam fam!

Tw/Yw
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Isese LAGBA Gbobo wa Nuns.

MTH
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Teach another tradition that I see we are not keeping is that Sundays were family day…(Jamaican point of view)…Mommy would get up early and do the breakfast (big breakfast or sunday breakfast as we call it)…This is food that she might not have time to prepare during the week. Ackee & Saltfish, roast bread fruit (and or) fried dumplings, boiled bananas etc.

Dinner time, mommy shared daddy’s dinner inna di ‘pirate’ (pirex) dish. Rice & Peas in one container, meat in another, food (yam, dumpling, banana) in another contatiner. Then you had the big jug a ‘drinks’ (carrot/sour-sop/june-plum/passion fruit). Everybody sat at the dinner table and spoke….

Now, mommy cook food, and you go to the pot and share it when yu ready fi eat..Mommy a watch tv inna har room, pickney dey pan computer a surf di net an a eat…That was never our tradition, now we wonder why the children have no moral compass…

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MTH, us knock out do tradition star. I’m on memory lane wid this on!

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This post made me feel melancholy for a min….We have lost our traditional values, therefore we have lost our way….it has only hurt an confused us.
ISESE LAGBA! ISESE LAGBA GBOBO WA!!!
Happy to celebrate this day wid unno my good hearted family. mi will gladly bake di cake deh Yw leff likkle rum fi di cake nuh lol send on di rum punch an dont mean wid di rum hmmm 😀

Obara Meji
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Àṣẹ Ty, yes teach de young uns dem from now

Tw/Yw
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Kia-B, yu dun know seh all ah wi ah go tips after dis.

kiabubblez
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yes jah jah cake affi dun bake first looool

Tw/Yw
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Fambily mus’ know bout dem Fambo. Mi nuh seh ah so an ah nuh suh. Lupita Nyong’o, said that her mom told her “You cannot eat beauty; it does not sustain you”. If we focus on what others tell us is beautiful, then we miss out on the real beauty in and of the world.

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this didn’t show up right. The first part is to MTH about how mi know bout your sorrel likes – me love dat drink too.

MTH
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Unno bare wid mi….

I am in Jamaica so I will speak in that regard…One tradition we had when I was growing up was when you washed your hair, it would be ‘chiney-bumped’ and then loosed out to be combed…Now, me is a girl, wey roam di streets…Mi cudden tell when last I see 1 pickney wid chiney bump inna dem head (dem doan even know wey name suh)….

MTH
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YW what a way yu know sey mi love mi sorrel? Mi watch Teach a assign the chores and nobody nuh get the task fi bring likkle ‘beverage’ and everybody know how mi love beverage…

Our ppl have lost their way..Dem bleach out dem skin and proud…Dem straighten dem nose, dem tek out ribs cause dem waan small body (dont get me wrong mi nuh sey dem fi loow up demself and become wagga-wagga) but all lawks man…

Obara Meji
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Quite suh Yw, quite suh sah as mi granny ooda sey!

Tw/Yw
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Ase, ASe, ASE. Dats wat I say…

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Mi know she like sorrel, suh mi wi draw some – an’ some rum punch too.

MTH
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Tradition is one tool that binds people…We have seen the ramifications of not holding onto our traditions and embracing other people’s tradition…We have lost our way.

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Big up MTH. Thanks for the above image to wipe out the one last night. Bushy brows and me nuh ‘gree.

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ISESE LAGBA, Yazsters. whispering: ah jus’ me an you in on di joke. tee hee

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LMFAOOOO Yw!!!!!

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MTH
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Teach, memba sey him did get gold ring and clothes to…Suh mek sure mi get some Brazillian hair and 6′ heels…

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ISESE LAGBA… I love learning about different cultures and different beliefs, so thank you for this. It is important to show gratitude. Isese day sounds like the best of giving thanks. A day to celebrate your beliefs and way of life. Outstanding!!!

MTH
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Isese Laga…Reading, soon come back….Teach please check your email…

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Isese Lagba Gbobo Wa MTH! Missed yu.

Isese Lagba and Isese Lagba Gbobo wa to ALL in return.

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Isese Lagba. Thank you for this knowledge Mrs O

Yazzy
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Isese Lagba Gbogbo Wa Vanessa sweetie!! Have a blessed day!

Obara Meji
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Oonuh kill de fattest pig Prodigal MTH has returned!

Obara Meji
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Grung!!!!!

Obara Meji
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Aseeeee

Obara Meji
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Isese lagba gbogbo wa Vanessa u welcome!

Ty
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Long live Ifa, long live isese…

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