Saturday 14 December 2019
Sunday 1 December 2019
I wrote a new poem and asked my wife to read it first as usual (role of number one fan).
The poem is a mix of English and Yoruba, a true reflection of oral communication in our household.
The moment she started reading, I realised how difficult it can be for a fluent Yoruba speaker like my wife to read Yoruba (I'd probably struggle if I have to read something in Yoruba that I didn't write). This led to an epiphany, the birth of #KelzYorubaChallenge.
The aim of this challenge is to get as many people as possible to read the Yoruba language and share with others. Culture preservation is essential right? Just like the colourful culture displayed in many Nigerian traditional weddings you've seen, Yoruba languge is such a beautiful language and as a poet and author, I appreciate the language even more.
If you will like to take part in this challenge and join me to spread what I hope will be an awakening moment, you can follow these simple steps:
- Record yourself reading the poem below:
Title: Life is a Beach (Written by Kelvin Obareti)
Life is a BEACH.
Classical ELEMENTS in sync,
A beauty to behold.
EARTH be kind to me,
Ilẹ Okẹrẹ, a f’ọkọ yẹri, alapo ika,
Ma te ori ẹ, ma ṣe ohun rere.
WATER quench my thirst.
Omi la bu wẹ, Omi wẹ mi mọ
Omi la bu mu, ongbẹ Jinna s’ẹnu mi
AIR give me life,
Afẹfẹ o ni fẹ, ko ma kan Igi oko l’ara,
afẹfẹ, fẹ ire ko mi l’ara.
LIGHT illuminate my soul.
Tan imọlẹ rẹ, Kin r’ona gba
Ki Ona la, kin l’aluyo.
- Use the hashtag #KelzYorubaChallenge on your post and tag me on your choice of social media platform:
•Facebook Page: Created by Kelz
Looking forward to receiving/watching your entry.
It's time for the sleeping children of Africa to wake up and connect back to the roots. Our source of wisdom, knowledge and everything else we are made of.
Monday 6 May 2019
Enjoy as we take you on a journey around the impressive Chichen Itza (El Castillo). This is 1 of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
While the world was immersed in the Middle Ages, the Mayans built this majestic city, primary political centre of the Mayan Region. Its icon #ElCastillo, a pyramid dedicated to the god Kukuclan, is a testimony of this important culture's impressive mathematical and astronomical precision so important that it is named by UNESCO as 1 of the 7 wonders of the world.
The 91 steps on each side of the Pyramid and 1 on the altar add up to 365 steps, the number of days in 1 year.
Enjoy the video of the walkaround below:
Thursday 11 April 2019
Visit Dubai and explore the Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and drifting. We got wet in the Jumeirah beach and was in awe of the beautiful architecture and engineering of this modern city.