School Resumes

Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith, University of Nebraska at Omaha

TELLING STORIES: Akínwùmí Ìsòlá in Translation “School Resumes” Being an English Translation of Ogún Omodé From the Yorùbá.

This article was first published in the Journal of the African Literature Association.


The school bell commenced ringing again one Monday morning, its tortuous peals signaling the end of our school vacation. Our versification of its cheerless, hopeless rhyme sounded something like this: ‘Ting, ting, ting Come to school, Face the lash! Come! Come! Come! Face the lash!’’ On and on it rang.