Gbe body e’ as an antidote to procrastination by: Tajudeen Ahmed

It was during the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 2019, which held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 that I heard, for the first time, the ubiquitous refrain in Lagos, ‘gbe body e’ (Yoruba statement for any of:‘arise’, ‘be active’, ‘pick up yourself’, ‘do not relent’), depending  on  the  context  of  its  use.  As we(runners) approached the Admiralty Circle Plaza, close to Oriental Hotel, we were assailed with the constant shout of ‘gbe body e’ by very excited bystanders from both ends of the Lekki-Epe expressway, as their own distinct way of encouraging us to push harder regarding the marathon, against the natural/human tether of fatigue. The encouraging slogan also reverberated… Read More

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