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Yoruba Proverbs Hardcover – Jul 1 2005


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  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803235763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803235762
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 17.7 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,768,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jess A. on Nov. 23 2012
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I love this book. It has so many proverbs and both the metaphorical and literal meanings are extremely helpful. I would recommend it to everyone interested in knowing yoruba.
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TIMELESS CLASSIC Jan. 14 2006
By Olumuyiwa O. Omololu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a Yoruba person settled in the United States, I sometimes worry about the erosion of the little I know about richness of the Yoruba culture, especially as articulated in proverbs. This reality becomes more poignant when I reflect on how my children might never appreciate the richness of the Yoruba culture. Oyekan Owomoyela's fascinating work in YORUBA PROVERBS allayed that fear.

I highly recommend this work to anyone who seeks to understand the "demeanour" of the Yoruba culture. A comprehensive collection of more than five thousand Yoruba proverbs translated literally and figuratively as seen with the Yoruba eyes.

Simply put, a narrative of the Yoruba culture and the richness thereof; would be incomplete without reference to this book. Just think: The timeless wisdom of Yoruba sages down the ages, has been made available to us for the mere price of a book.
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Monumental and Outstanding July 4 2008
By Abe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This outstanding book is filled with insights into Yoruba language that every teacher and student will benefit from. I hope you will find it a useful treasure. I highly recommend this book.
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fair amount of proverbs Feb. 28 2008
By ohmslaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has quite a few proverbs. some i knew before, most i didn't. All are really interesting.
Some proverbs in the book have a dodgy origin (not quite sure they are Yoruba originated) but they are all very interesting. Great way to learn the language.
A much-needed tome July 2 2014
By Tokunbo - Published on Amazon.com
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Professor Owomoyela, Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this much-needed tome. As someone who went to school in Lagos and took a fair number of Yoruba classes meant to steep us in the true (as in non-"city-fied") language, I never did quite get how so many just happened to know so many of these beautiful and insightful proverbs. I finally threw up my arms and concluded I needed to have grown up in the village for a better chance at good fluency in them. But your work now puts the lie to that belief; this will be a frequent reference book to be revisited again and again until ...whoosh...proverb fluency!!! Thanks again.
Definitive Resource Jan. 29 2014
By Gbenga Olayiwola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent presentation and organisation.

With clear translation and explanation of concepts and usage contexts.
Very exhaustive.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in Yoruba especially in understanding and accurate usage of proverbs.

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