Meaning of Mánárẹ

See: Mánáárẹ.

Extended Meaning

"The name, Mánáarẹ--a poor approximation that elides the complex tone glides to which the Roman alphabet is deaf--cannot but catch my attention because it recalls childhood memories of striking characters so named in Imuṣin, the Ìjẹ̀bú town in which I was raised, and also because it is not in standard, Ọ̀yọ́ centered, dialect of written Yorùbà. In Ìjẹ̀bú dialect, the brave hunter's name is a shortened form of a longer admonition to those who are unnecessarily exuberant about (or reliant upon) social connections, "mánáarẹ, kó í fọ wò nọ́ni." The poetry of the sentence follows an ironic formulation. We can interpret it roughly as "shouldn't you claim your own self first before boasting of your access to others." Of course, it could also be used to put down a boisterous rival." - Professor Adelékè Adéẹ̀kọ́




má - do not (used ironically)
ní - have
ara - body
rẹ - yours


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