Egbe bere ugo bere nke si ibe ya ebela …nku kwa ya!
Obiara ebe m abiagbula m, olawa, mkpumkpu agaghi eso ya!
Translation: Let the Vulture and the Eagle perch on the same limb. Whichever discourages the other shall lose its wings!
When we visit each other, may we come in peace so that we leave each other’s space in peace.
This is a simple African spiritual precept that presents qualitative interpersonal relationships without prejudice. The chord that binds us together is stronger than that which separates us, and strengthened by mutual respect and a rejection of acrimony. We are each others best friends, can love each other out of lack, loss and limitation, with the fearlessness of the great ancestors, the wisdom of the great grandmothers, and great grandfathers.
There is an ill wind blowing dust into our eyes and blocking our airways. Our hearts yearn for quieter heartbeats and our eyes seek calmer images. It is in the middle of this natural human mystery that we pause and embrace our humanness, together, each tribe an extension of the other. We lift each other up, from coast to coast looking about to ensure that no bloated stomach is without nourishment, and no angry heart without solace.
This is as Chineke has decreed. It is the obligatory duty that we must perform to change the trajectory of lack into a vision of true love, understanding that several heartbeats together create the energy necessary to drink fully of this life.
Let ears that hear listen, and hearts that beat live!
Eluwa bu olili! Life is for enjoyment …for all of us in unison!
Otito Nile Diri Chineke!