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History Behind The Saying in Yoruba Land “ Iku Ya Ju Esin Lo”

In Yorubaland, Southwestern Nigeria, ‘ku’ means death, ‘ya’ means better or preferred while ‘ęsin’ means ignominy. Thus, the Yoruba construct of ‘iku ya j’ęsin’ means ‘death is better than (or preferred to) ignominy’. In sharp contrast to what obtains in the highly individualistic Yoruba contemporary society, in traditional and communalistic Yoruba societies, a high Continue Reading