Teaching and embracing right values seem to be fading away  because of lack of passion and the perverse attitude added to negative behavior of people who are expected to be embodiment of integrity, and those who are expected to disseminate knowledge and right values to their generation and generations next to come.

Truth should be told, for the fact that things are not happening to us or around us the way we expected does not in any way remove the fact that there are right values we need to emulate so as to pass same to other generations for mutual relationship to be experienced on earth.

God’s Word teaches about right values and also points to us personalities that lived their lives purposefully with integrity, hard- work and embraced accountability as their watchword. Despite challenges faced by them; many of them were able to run the race of life victoriously. Nowadays, many people are running the rat race instead of running the right race thereby becoming victims of their circumstances. You cannot reap what you have not sown. If you plant weed, never expect bountiful fruits. What you sowed is what you should expect to reap, why don’t you learn to sow good seeds so as to reap sweet fruits in return?

I like to share the following poem which I learnt at early stages of educational pursuit. I believe putting into practical usage of the lyrics of the poem would be benefitial to as many people who desire to make the best use of the messages therein so as to live their lives purposefully.

Here is the poem;

Ise ni oogun ise (Work is the antidote of poverty)

Mura si ise ore mi (Work hard, my friend)

Ise ni a fi i di eni giga (Work/Labour is a major tool for elevation, aspiring to higher height is fully dependent on hard work.)

Bi a ko ba r’eni f’ehin ti, bi ole laa ri (If we do not have anyone to lean on, we appear indolent.)

Bi a ko r’eni gbekele (If we do not have anyone to trust or can depend on.)

A a te’ra mo ise eni (*we simply work harder.)

Iya re le lowo lowo (Your mother may be wealthy)

Baba si le lesin leekan (Your father may have a ranch full of horses)

Bi o ba gboju le wPhoto1258_001on (If you depend on their riches alone.)

O te tan ni mo so fun o (You may end up in shame and disgrace, I tell you.)

Ohun ti a ko ba jiya fun (Whatever gain one does not work hard to earn)

Ki i le t’ojo (Usually does not last)

Ohun ti a ba f’ara sise fun (whatever gain one seriously labored for)

Ni i pe lowo eni (is the one that lasts in one’s hands; while in one’s possession)

Apa lara (the arm is a relative)

Igunpa ni’yekan (the elbow is a sibling)

Bi aye n fe o loni (You may be loved by all today)

Bi o ba lowo lowo (It is when you have money)

Ni won a maa fe o lola (that they will love you again tomorrow)

Tabi ti o ba wa ni ipo atata (or when you are in a high or respectable position)

Aye a ye o si terin-terin (All will honour you with cheers and smiles)

Je ki o di eni ti n raago (wait till you become poor or a struggler)

Ki o ri baye ti i yinmu sini (and you will see how all grimace at you as they pass you by)

Eko si tun n so’ni d’oga (Education also elevates/promotes to higher positions)

Mura ki o ko daradara (work hard to acquire good education)

Bi o si ri opo eniyan (and if you see a lot of people,)

Ti won n fi eko se erin rin (making education a laughing stock.)

Dakun ma se f’ara we won (please do not emulate or keep their company)

Iya n bo f’omo ti ko gbon (suffering is lying in wait for an unserious kid)

Ekun n be f’omo to n sa kiri (sorrow is in the reserve for a truant kid)

Ma f’owuro se’re, ore mi (Never toy with your early years, my friend)

Mura sise, ojo n lo (Work harder; time and tide wait for no one)


Written in Yoruba with English interpretations


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