Jealousy! Jealousy! Jealousy! And other words from Waziri

7.13.2022

There is a proverb in Etsako: The goat is usually found on the ground, but any goat that can climb on top of a tree, or on top the roof will become a strange object for people to see.

We must lead our lives as people may take notice.”

-Alhaji Waziri Oshomah



The dance music of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah is a singular mix—it’s fused with pan-Nigerian highlife, the local folk traditions of his region in Edo State, and pop. His lyrics, as it happens, are just as multivalent. Waziri sings in several languages, including Ekperi, English, and other local dialects. And he draws on multiple spiritual traditions, using Judeo-Christian and traditional imagery in order to convey Islamic values like humility and modesty in a way that everyone, no matter their religion, can understand.

We spent the better part of a year translating Waziri’s lyrics into English for you—it was hard to do them justice, but we finally managed to get them down on paper with the generous help of Waziri’s own son Malik.

Listen to “Jealousy,” and read along with the lyrics below:

Father,

We are going to discuss about jealousy,

that brings hypertension to those,

that are jealous of their colleagues.


Father,

A good father must pray for his child,

to be more prosperous than himself.


A good teacher must equally pray,

for his pupils where he teaches in school,

make them prosper.

A good father must pray for his child,

to be more prosperous than himself.


A good teacher will pray for the success of his students,

to be more prosperous than himself.


People that misuse their opportunity in life,

they will put their blame on other people, heh!


They continue to be jealous,

making no time because of jealousy, hehe!


Jealousy, do not kill my friend! (“khagbomomhe”)

Jealousy, do not kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy! Hehe!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Make you not die of hypertension!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Make you not die because of jealousy! Heheh!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Hypertension!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Make you not die because of hyper

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!


What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

For you to be fighting me?

What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

For you to be fighting me?

(What have they done to you?

They allowed you to play, they welcomed you

why cant you welcome me?

What have I done to you to make you envious of me?)


Anco Momodu has not told you not to play your music,

Omo Smart has not told you not to play your music,

James Etamobe has not told you not to play your music,

Myself, Waziri Oshomah has not told Vincent Ugabi to not play his music,

Myself, Waziri Oshomah has not told Asi Balewa to not to play his music,

Myself, Waziri Oshomah has not told Okeke Benji Igbadhumbe to not to play his music,

Have you heard me?


Satan (“Okhio”), those people will deceive,

Satan is looking for those people,

to deceive to put in his earth fire.

But Alhaji Waziri is a here to spread the good news,

and the gospel of God.

So Our People Will Go To Heaven.

Satan, please don’t deceive me,

Satan, please don’t deceive me,

Because I know what I want.

Satan, please don’t deceive me,

Satan, please don’t deceive me,

Because I know what I want.


Our judgment is in the hand of God,

Our judgment is in the hand of God,

After judging us here on earth,

he will also judge us in Heaven.

After judging us here on earth,

he will also judge us in Heaven.

After judging us here on earth,

he will also judge us in Heaven.

Keep on abusing and insulting, my friend,

Keep on abusing and insulting, my friend,

Our Our judgment is in the hand of God.

Nobody is free.

You can either be a victim of this, or a victim of that

You are not sick now, but that doesn’t mean you wont be sick tomorrow.

Do you know what tomorrow will bring?


There is a proverb in Etsako:

The Goat is usually found on the ground,

But any goat that can climb

on top of a tree, or on top the roof

will become a strange object for people to see.

Anyone doing something bad, people will notice you…hehe!

Jealousy, do not kill my friend!

Make you not die because of Hypertension!

Any goat that climbs on top of a tree, or on the roof

everybody will take notice.

Any goat that climbs on top of a tree, or on the roof

everybody will take notice.

Any goat that climbs on top of a tree, or on the roof

everybody will take notice.

Any goat that climbs on top of a tree, or on the roof

everybody will take notice.

We must lead our lives as people may take notice.


Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Jealousy!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! - hypertension!

Jealousy, don’t kill him, he is in pain!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Haha!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Haha!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Do not die!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! Hypertension! Do not die!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend! - hypertension!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!


I thank my God I didn’t misuse my opportunity, hehehe!

Because who misuses opportunity,

he will be jealous of his small children.

I can never be jealous of Ugabi.

Or, jealous of Okeke.

Or, jealous of Asi Belawa.


I will pray for the younger ones,

so they are more prosperous in their career.

Thank you, Ugabi,

Thank you, Okeke,

Thank you, Asi Belawa.


What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

What have I done to you (“Emiluwe”)

What is our fight all about? We are all traders.

Those who are traders, know where to buy from (know what they want).

What is our fight all about? We are all traders.

Those who are traders, know where to buy from (know what they want).

You are insulting and abusing me,

because you don’t know God.

You are insulting and abusing me,

because you don't know God.

You are insulting and abusing me,

because you don’t know God.

After here on earth and in heaven,

our judgment is in the hands of God.

After here on earth and in heaven,

our judgment is in the hands of God.

Do not die!

Etsako!


I’m very happy I am not a criminal,

I am a law abiding citizen.

My bad name has never appeared in any Nigeria’s national newspaper,

Weekend Observer, Daily Times. I thank my God.

I am greeting the entire Etsako people for your respect and love for me,

because I do not have enemy among my people,

because I am always welcome in every household.


Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!

Jealousy, don't kill my friend!


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