BATARE AADUN KOKOOKA
BÀTÀRE ÁÁDÚN KOKOOKÀ
Be slothful, you’ll end up with mean men.
Be diligent, you’ll rule over your kinsmen.
If all you invest your time is sleep,
Poverty is all you’ll reap.
But if you work very hard,
Men will cherish your fruitful yard.
Instead of chasing current effizy
You can be another positive celebrity
With your vigor, combat life storms
To you ovation and applauds will be norms
Everywhere you traverse on world’s arena,
Bàtàre áádún kokookà
The last line is a Yoruba (one of Nigerian tribes) idioms which means “If you study well,
your shoes will sound ko ko ka” (onomatopoeia for shoes heels hitting a stony ground).
This implies that hard work pays.