TELLING STORIES: Akinwumi Isola in Translation: “School Resumes” Being an English Translation of Ogun Omode From the Yoruba

Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith, University of Nebraska at Omaha


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!"