The Ewe People Of Nigeria

Ethnic group: The Nigerian Ewe people {Lagos State}


I spoke with our ancestors. The spirit of the coastal waters, Yemaja visited eight centuries ago. She told of our coming back to the waters, no matter how far we run.

I pour libations to Lisa, the omnipresent creator. I do it standing before sitting on this black stool. I pour it three times thanking my ancestors with my head properly covered, as true chiefs rightly observe. There is unity of purpose in our society. The women pass the delicious fish soup round. Rich dainties and free booze are flowing here for all, but Ewe chiefs are public teetotallers, when I enter my father’s compound, Iyawo will serve my own wine.

Today, we are burying father and as I hear the beautiful play of our music, remember that, I am the oldest of my father’s children, the consensual lineage head but I cannot see a corpse even father’s corpse. Each Ewe family has their own gods and common property.

These are palmy times. Yesterday, Letitia, my fifth child gave birth to a girl child. Seven days from birth, babies bear new names and if female, its ears get sorry holes. Even, my fifth son, Bebli is now a man. We have sent the bride price to my brother, Mawuko- his third daughter will do well. Customarily, marital stability and kinships are important and more to us.

Ori[1] has brought us back to the Atlantic. The waters are our soul and life, also giving life to our coconut trees. There are many things to tell, but time and space is our mutual enemy. You will find us along the Lagos-Badagry coast, we have been there long now, but because of our minor status, we suffer discrimination. Maybe, one day, the rhythmic Atoke[2] will strike out our ignominy.


Word Count: 296 words | Source: Ewes of Nigeria Group.

[1] Destiny

[2] gong

8 thoughts on “The Ewe People Of Nigeria” by Somefun Oluwasegun (@SamoluExpress)

  1. Aderonke Daramola (@Shovey)

    I learnt sometimes ago that the people of ewe speak ogu language. *don’t know how true that is .fishing is their occupation.

    1. @Shovey yes, you are correct, their major occupation traditionally is fishing. Majority of the Ewes also speak the Ogu language

  2. I’m glad knowing something about the ewe…

  3. I enjoyed the commanding tone the narrative had, especially at the beginning. I really loved the first paragraph. I learnt quite a bit from this piece. This – ‘…because of our minor status, we suffer discrimination’ – made me raise my eyebrow; I felt it, maybe, wasn’t needed. Good job. Well done.

    1. @IdiAce thanks a lot for stopping by. It’s comforting that you actually liked the minority story.
      On the minor status issue, I added that because on their website that’s what they said they face in Lagos State.
      Anyways, the cue is taken… maybe I shouldn’t have added that statement would have saved space for other details about them.

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