IGEDE PROVERB OF THE DAY (002)
As we explained in our first edition of “Igede Proverb of the Day (001)”, proverb is a very important part of discourse among the Igede speaking tribe of Benue State. Their proverb can covey a lot of wisdom, idea, facts and send a very strong Message using just few words. The second comes to you with with a proverb ?
“Olo olepwu akpa olegbeju le”
The English direct translation of the proverb says: “it is the inner load that carries the outer one”
Semantically, the expression “the inner load carries the outer one” is not referring to a physical load. ‘Olo‘ which means ‘load‘ in Igede denotes one’s burden in the above proverb.
So, the proverb means “the inner burden needs to be lifted, before the outer one”. In a more popular instances, the proverb is used to encourage someone to eat first before carrying out any task, because he needs strength to be able to carry out tasks easily.
In other instances, it can mean that; one should solve a problem that is more consequential before venturing into the ones that are less consequential. E.g: “Oleng kewe kayi riang ine kahi ka mi’eru owe mi wu me, chaji olo olepwu akpa olegbeju le”, meaning; “man let us eat first before we will finish cultivating the remaining farmland, because, it’s the inner load that carries the outer one”.
I believe you understood and enjoy the explanation of the proverb?. See you in the next edition. Correct, add or suggest a better meaning (if any) at the comment section below.