Christian Prayers in Yoruba
The six wooden plaques are inscribed with the following Christian prayers in the Yoruba language: Lord's Prayer (Gbadura Oluwa); I Believe (Awon Aposteli); The Lord is my Shepherd (Oluwa li Oluso Agutan mi); Out of the Depths Have I Called unto Thee (Lati inu ibu wa); Africa our Motherland (Afrika Ile Iya wa).
Biographical / Historical
Mr. Joseph Joseph, popularly known as Mr. Zampty of Sierra Leone Village, Diego Martin, was a carpenter by trade and had also served as a serviceman in the West Indies Regiment during World War I. His maternal grandparents were from Yoruba and he developed a scholarly interest in Yoruba and taught the language at an evening school in River Estate in the late 1920s. He had learnt the rudiments of wood carving from older Africans and undertook the engraving of prayers and other sentiments onto wooden plaques.
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Language of Materials
The plaques were acquired by Dr. Maureen Warner-Lewis, of the UWI, Mona Campus during her research into African language and cultural retentions in Trinidad and Tobago. She donated them to the Library's Oral and Pictorial Records Programme.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The plaques were donated by Maureen Warner-Lewis in September 1991.
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