Dirge to Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu

Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

Okeosisi ada

Umu nnunu eju ofia

Dim, I rapuru anyi ka onye chiba anyi?

 

Ikemba Nnewi

Ofu onye ana gbakoru izu

Dim, asi na-ijebego?

 

Kedu onu anyi ga-eji koba?

Ife emelu Igbo erika

Onye ga ekwuzili anyi?

 

Obuzi kita ndi nkanka mmadu

Umu efulefu n’agba izu ichi anyi

Dim, ebe ka ino?

 

Obulu zia kita Ndi’Igbo no n’isi

Onye ga ekpokozi anyi

Onye mkpoko anabago ula!

 

Bulu anya anyi n’ala mmuo

Ka anyi bulu anya gi n’ala mmadu

Dim, ije oma!


[The Iroko has fallen

The birds of the forest are without shelter

Dim, who have you left to lead us?

Ikemba Nnewi

One person that they many plan against

Dim, did they say that you have left us?

Which mouth would we use to tell this tale?

What they did to the Igbo’s is plenty

Who will now speak for us?

Especially now that charlatans reign

When the never-do-wells conspire to rule us

Dim, where are you?

Especially now that Ndi’Igbo are in darkness

Who will gather us together?

When the gatherer is asleep!

Be our eyes in the land of the dead

We would be your eyes in the land of the living

Dim, safe journey!]

4 Comments

  1. N’ezie,obu ihe igba anya mmiri.
    Oke mmonwu apugo n’ogbo
    Ugbua,odiiri umu Igbo n’iile n’uwa gbaa gburugburu ikwanyere nnukwu nwanne anyi nwoke a ugwu ikpeazu.
    Nkwa anyi n’ekwe Ikemba bu na mbo n’iile ogbara maka umu Igbo agaghi ala n’iyi.Ya diba!

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  2. Ikemba ehiele ura. Ka ura zuzie ike na ndokwa. Umunwanyi ndi Igbo niile, baa ni n’ulo mmeko jee turu ime maka na oru diiri ndi Igbo ihu na Ikemba loro uwa ngwa ngwa.

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