Onye wetara oji, wetara ndu. Ndi be anyi ekelem unu oo.
God our tryst maker! Chinekem ke b’nigwe!
The One that holds the Earth with bare hands
And causes the winds to soar where You wills
My God, we have gathered once again to celebrate
To enjoy the life which you have blessed us with!
Nna anyi ukwu, You hold the knife and the yam
You give the sunshine and the rainfall to everyone-
The bad and the good, all savor the providence You gave
Now we bring the kola nut before You
We bless, we pray that we remain fruitful as this fruit
That the streams give us fish, the land more yams
And the farms much more fruitful than yesterdays harvest
We break this kola nut and as it breaks
So shall our enemies and foes break!
Let the Eagle perch, let also the Kite,
Any that forbids the other from perching
May the wings break!
May our children bear children like the Hebrew
May the winds bring us good tidings and fair weather
May our friendship know no limits but greatness
And may this kola nut bring us all good fortune!
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Commentary: The Igbo tribe is an Eastern Nigerian tribe. Known for their prowess in business, enterprise and commerce wherever they settle. This piece is a traditional prayer of the Igbo people used to welcome visitors and to bless marriages, friendships, goodwill and ventures.
Onye wetara oji, wetara ndu. Ndi be anyi ekelem unu oo: Him that brings the kola, brings life.
Chinekem ke b’nigwe: My God who lives in Heaven.
Nna anyi ukwu: Our great Father
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