"When the Yoruba people of West Africa, of which I am a member, speak about Ayé, for instance, they hint at a web of lively becomings that resists the kind of identity grid architecture that modernity (also fluid and emergent – though not in its own appraisal) is known for.

They will sometimes think of a sickness as the gesture of an ancestor trying to reach the subject, and they will often think of wellbeing as an ironic precursor to ruin and destruction. They understand that one must be careful about who or what you name an enemy or a friend.

Hence the Yoruba proverb: Ilé ọba tójó ẹwà ló bùsi. Roughly translated as: 'the king’s palace got burnt and became beautiful'"

- Bayo Akomolafe

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