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Yoruba Proverbs Hardcover – July 1, 2005

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"When it comes to the correct usage of Yoruba proverbs, Mr. Owomoyela should know."—Chronicle of Higher Education
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“Obviously aimed at the specialist, it nevertheless also offers the casual reader considerable rewards. It’s not an inexpensive volume, but it’s a bargain for what it, in many respects, a monumental achievement.”—Complete Review
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About the Author

Oyekan Owomoyela is the author of A History of Twentieth-Century African Literatures and Yoruba Trickster Tales, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803235763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803235762
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,418,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Olumuyiwa O. Omololu on January 14, 2006
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As a Yoruba person settled in the United States, I sometimes worry about the erosion of the little I know about richness of the Yoruba culture, especially as articulated in proverbs. This reality becomes more poignant when I reflect on how my children might never appreciate the richness of the Yoruba culture. Oyekan Owomoyela's fascinating work in YORUBA PROVERBS allayed that fear.

I highly recommend this work to anyone who seeks to understand the "demeanour" of the Yoruba culture. A comprehensive collection of more than five thousand Yoruba proverbs translated literally and figuratively as seen with the Yoruba eyes.

Simply put, a narrative of the Yoruba culture and the richness thereof; would be incomplete without reference to this book. Just think: The timeless wisdom of Yoruba sages down the ages, has been made available to us for the mere price of a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ohmslaw on February 28, 2008
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This book has quite a few proverbs. some i knew before, most i didn't. All are really interesting.
Some proverbs in the book have a dodgy origin (not quite sure they are Yoruba originated) but they are all very interesting. Great way to learn the language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abe S. on July 4, 2008
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This outstanding book is filled with insights into Yoruba language that every teacher and student will benefit from. I hope you will find it a useful treasure. I highly recommend this book.
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By Tokunbo on July 2, 2014
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Professor Owomoyela, Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this much-needed tome. As someone who went to school in Lagos and took a fair number of Yoruba classes meant to steep us in the true (as in non-"city-fied") language, I never did quite get how so many just happened to know so many of these beautiful and insightful proverbs. I finally threw up my arms and concluded I needed to have grown up in the village for a better chance at good fluency in them. But your work now puts the lie to that belief; this will be a frequent reference book to be revisited again and again until ...whoosh...proverb fluency!!! Thanks again.
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It is very interesting to see so many Yoruba proverbs but the explanation of each is pretty weak and there's really no way to find a particular proverb if you are looking it for it. I had purchased this book thinking that there would be more information on each proverb so that, when I am given a proverb as guidance by my Padrino, I can understand it better. This book just doesn't give that level of explanation. The book does indeed present a HUGE number of proverbs - but again, without a way to find one, it's just needle in a haystack difficult. I returned it.
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