Today is Homowo in London

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Special Homowo Prayer from the Diaspora
Awo Awo Awoooo
Agba e, Bleku tsoo
Esu esu
enam enam
Manye manye
Adiban kpotoor
Today we celebrate at Battersea – Wilditch Community Centre
May Agba descend, may Bleku open the skies so that
we are drenched in water for our corn
water, plenty of water
fish, plenty of fish
Glory, may glory surround us in abundance
May we have food forever

Agoo atamei ke awomei
Tswa, tswa, tswa, omanye aba
Agoo niimei nenemei ke naamei
Tswa tswa omanye aba
Nmene ashi me, nmene ashi hɔ
Niimɛi a hɔ, naamɛi a
Bo mawu asaase yaa afia
Ataa naa nyomgbo
Ni obɔ ngwie ke shikpoon
Tsei ke tei
Gongii ke fai
Ke ni bii koklomei
ni obo gbomei adesai
Tse ofe, Ni ogbeo ni ayeo
Wontse bo ni oba domo nmene afi ni woyei ne mli
Wɔntse bo ni oshi wɔ ŋmaa, ni oshi wɔ loo
Fasee Kwale ke Krobo Odua
Nye fee he eko, ni ebashwele ye mei ahie
Nye ba yei odase nmene
Dantu, bo okanɛɔ ni bei shɛɔ ni wɔ gbaa ko
Bahe dan ne eko onu
Nii Sakumo Klote
Onyanku afre, Ofite osaa
Na nmene baa saa ohawo
Nmene Akee Ga eku shi egbekosi
Orko ama nkran
Nii ni hawɔ bɔfoi ni wɔkɛ yaa ta
Awuna ba wɔ ye kunii, Ashante ba wɔ ye kunii
Nkrumah ba, wɔ ni wa ha e ye kuni
Mills eba ni wɔ noo ni wɔ wa lɛ ni eye kunii
No he wo baa hu taa oha Gadangme fee
Naa Korle aboyoo, aboyoo
Naa Korle yoofoyoo
Naa moomo naa
Naa ni jor ni ahe
Na bajor shi ohawo
Nai e nai
Nai e nai
Nai e nai
Ogbeedada, Odooma, meiwura, shitse
Kingbi king, Amralo bi amralo
Ope amugi ope ntro
Osatsoko asa nyanyara
Tse nai bahe dan ne oko onu
Kedze Obuto akpla keyagbei Langma
Kedze Langma keyashi ada Shwilao
Kedze Yilo gon ayiten keya gbee Ada
Kedze wouyo keyaa kooyi
Wontse nyefee ni yebaa
Mi gbekebibio ke mi naa fufo sa,
Mi Nyen ni male nyefee
Si ke ntse ekome e, etse nyefee blublu
Atsee moko ashii moko
Nyefee nyebaa koni nyeba jor shi
Ni nyehaa Bleku aka, ni nu ashwee shi
Ni shi ajor, ni mle akwen
Ni wona eko woye
Ni nshɔ afu ni nshɔ gbɔ abasra wɔ
Ni ke wodze bu, wodze ye nuno
Ni ke woye ni wonu
Wo kodjii ano ajo wo
Be dze no shi, wo Gadangme bi ni woyoo mansee
Wokee daa afi le esani wo gbako ni woke kai nibii ne eteeno ye woshihile mli,
Be ke wotse nye bie ene noo dzi wo sane e
Naa Thames hemo dan ne eko onu
Wonbi djomo wo eha wo Manye Elizabeth ke ehefatalor
Won bi dzormo woha Gordon Brown
Wonbi wala ke djomo womli ha
Wo president Mills, ni ekura wo man dzogbaan ehawo
Wɔn bi dzomo wɔ ha wo ha wɔ High commissioner
Nii Ga Abiasuma bokete afadi
won bi wala woha bo
Na aprodo woba he nohewo le
won bi ni nye bafo wohe akrabatsa
ni nye kpaa adiden
ni oshra ateke wo
Wontse nye ni nye ha woshwelea
Ni notsumo fee ni wotsoɔ
Eya no odzogbaan
Ni woya obo ni woba obo
Ni wo kpaa ni wo glaa abaa dzwele wo hi
Ni wo tako dzuro akpa abu wo hie
wontse nye ni nyehawo wala ke nmaa
ni ke wo ko shelen etso poun oha
wontse nye ni nyehaa woshwele a
ke wo bii ke wo hoi
naa ni ni woba nye nee
moko musuu akako le
moko yitso akgbale
woba obon woya obon
ni ke wonya
teko aka twsa moko e
tsoko aka tswa moko e
naa ake gadangme bii
ke atwsa akpee
wono bemli fei
ni ke sulo ko damo heko ni eke wo ka shwele
ni ekee woka naa nmaa
ani ke wo dzoo, wo dzoo le lo
ani ke wo dzoo wo dzoo le lo
ye ha wo waa eyi ko
hooooooooooooo
tswa omanye abla wo
And for all those friends and foes
this is our day of celebration and making peace with each other
Choose life, choose life,
May the end of the year meet us
May we see the eighth day
May we celebrate the early Gbo festival and the later Gbiena
May we be as good as old
Let no evil befall us
so that we shall meet again next year
Let us strike for glory

Noo wala Noo Wala
Afi Naa akpe wo
Kpaanyo anina wo
Woye Gbo ni woye Gbiena
Wofee moomo
Alonte din ko aka fo woten
Ni wose afi wota shi neke noo
Tswa Omanye aba

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Ade Sawyerr is a management consultant at Equinox Consulting who works on enterprise, employment and community development issues within inner city and black and minority communities in Britain. He is also a community activist involved in several local and national causes. He comments on social, economic and political issues with a strong interest in cultural, diversity and third world issues. Ade can be contacted at equinoxconsulting.net or adesawyerr@gmail.com.

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