This is one of Sunny Ade's finest songs.
The central lyrics are:
Ori mi ye o ja funmi
Eda mi ye o ja ja funmi
Ori agbe a ja fun agbe
Ori aluko a ja fun o
It is about having faith in the forces controlling fate and destiny. A man’s determination to persevere.
His plea has to be contextualised in the Yoruban cosmological paradigm of the spiritual & supernatural realm ("Eleda") on the one hand, and the earthly one on the other ("Ori").
"Ori", while literally meaning "head", is a metaphysical concept in Yoruba which not only refers to a person's intellectual abilities, but also to his spiritual intuition and destiny:
"Ja Fun Mi" literally translates from Yoruba as "Fight For Me".
© Adeyinka Makinde (2020).
Adeyinka Makinde is a writer based in London, England.