Monday, November 3, 2008

The Three Elders of Lagos


In Yoruba, Agba Meta, the Three Elders of Lagos are always on hand to welcome every visitor to Lagos along the Lagos-Benin Expressway. The statues are replicas of the traditional Lagos White Cap chiefs and the stand more than 12 feet high.

According to popular folklore, they each have a different message for everyone coming into the metropolis: O gbodo ridin (thou shalt not be stupid), O gbodo suegbe (thou shalt not be slow), O gbodo ya mugun l'Eko (thou shalt not allow thyself to be taken for a fool) in Lagos.

Lagos is a place for the strong, hence, the poignant words of advice.,

8 comments:

Mo said...

wise words.

Lolade said...

Yes, indeed.

this too will pass said...

good blog

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

important advise for anyone daring to enter Eko.

Lolade, how body?

Timmy said...

pretty cool

ROTIMI said...

Nice words of advice

Yovosed said...

There is a similar statue in Dassa Zounmé, Benin, near the big cathedral. I think it's the same artist..

Mark Benson said...

The welcome at the three elders in Lagos will be quite amazing and welcoming for the to Lagos who have either taken flights to Lagos or have arrived by any other means. The statues are a pride of Lagos.