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(+LYRICS+ MEANING+ TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: EKWUEME BY PROSPA OCHIMANA  FT OSINACHI NWACHUKWU “NOW THOSE  IGBOS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND IGBO, ATLEAST, CAN NOW…+THE TUNE IS…”

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The good thing about this song is that it was fully translated to English; so, non-Igbos can easily identify with the song. They don’t have to fear that they do not know the meaning of what they are singing.

Also, for those Igbos in Nigeria that are just Igbo in “paper,” as in Igbos that can’t speak their language; count yourselves lucky. The Igbo vocabulary used here are major Igbo words; so get ready to start learning how to speak.

Basically, I feel if there is anyone out there; Nigerian or non-Nigerian that wants to start learning how to speak and understand Igbo; this song is a great starter in that aspect. Even, “Me, Myself and I” already learned the meaning of some words in Igbo. View the new words I learned below…

Angel: Mmoziya; All-wise God: Amama amasi amasi; Elephant: Enyi; Lion: Odumu/Awolo; Tiger: Agu: Antelope: Mgbada; Great masquerade: Oke nmwanwu; Goes in spirit: Oje n’ nmuo


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This song has got most of those words in English that people didn’t know the Igbo translations. I even feel the real owner of this song “Prospa” had to feature the elderly woman “Osinachi Nwachukwu” because there was probably a limit to the Igbo he could speak? What ya think?

Also, I feel Osinachi Nwachukwu is the real singer of the song; she took most part of the song. Okay, just kidding; they had almost equal timing for the song. View below

“Prospa Sang for 2 minutes 36 seconds; then continued from 6 miuntes-6 minutes 54 seconds (Total timing: 3 minutes 30 seconds)

Osinachi sang from 2 minutes 54 seconds- 6 minutes (Total timing: 3 minutes 6 seconds)”

So both worked together to make the song great; not just one person. However, Osinachi  sang more in Igbo compared to Prospa. View the only part in the song that Prospa sang in Igbo aside “Ekwueme” below…

 “Onye new anyi ezitewo (Our God that sent). Ndi Mmoziya ka ha nonyere anyi (His angels to come be with us)”

WHAT  IS THE SONG EKWUEME ABOUT?

“Ekwueme “ is an Igbo word in Nigeria that means “The God who says and does it.”

In the song, the artistes praise God for his wonders, goodness, mighty powers, greatness, wisdom and love for all humans. They describe God as the never-changing God, the incomparable God, and the one whose presence in a place makes all things good. They describe God as the one who has the power to speak and make it come to pass;  the one that needs no permission from anyone to act.

View the lines that show God is powerful and can’t be stopped

“Ekwueme! Ekwueme! (The one who says and does it)                                                                     Okechi e nnukwu chi – 2x(Great God, massive God)
Nani gi bu ome okachie(Only you has the final say)
Olori ihe loro che loro enti (He swallows, what swallows an elephant)
Agu bata Ohia Mgbada awara Oso(The tiger that appears and puts the antelope on a run)
Ekwueme so gi bu Ekwueme(The one who says and does it. You are the one that says and does it)
Obu onye n’ekwu ma chim kwuchasia(Who can say it when my God has not said it)
Obu Onye N’aturu chim uka chukwu(Who tells God what to do?)
Ebube dike, Okechi Ekwueme(Glorious in Power, Great God, The one who says and does)
Oke nmanwu n’eta Onwe ya(Great masquerade that guides Himself)
Oje n’ nmuo, Oje na madu chukwu Oma(The one who travels in the Spirit and in the physical, Good God)
Chi juru éluigwe we ju Uwa nile(God who fills the heaven and the earth)
Ikuku aman’onya chi obioma(The wind that cannot be trapped)
Obudi Onye n’ekwu ma ikwuchasi chukwu ebighebi(Who can say when You’re done talking? Everlasting God)
Ekwueme ibu ekwueme. Oke nmiri nke n’ebu ogwe(The one who says and does. The flood that carries the bridges)
You’re my Healer, You’re my Keeper. My Restorer, My Life giver”

 

View the lines that show God’s presence

 “Onye nwe anyi ezitewo (Our God that sent)

Ndi Mmoziya ka ha nonyere anyi (His angels to come be with us”)

View the lines that show God is incomparable

 “You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)                           No one can do me like you do. No one can touch me like you do, God! Eh                                 Inweghi onyiri amama amasi amasi(You have no comparism; The All-wise God)”

 

I feel this is another evergreen song. The song doesn’t follow a particular sequence; there is no chorus, hook or clear verse.  However, “Ekwueme” pre-dominated the lyrics. The artistes sang mostly in Igbo; a Nigerian Language. The song is soul-lifting. I think Osinachi was more filled in spirit than Prospa; what y’all think? I love the congregation; they were really filled with the spirit of God.  The artistes have convincing vocals; they sang with so much conviction about the Creator. The major instruments used to compose the song include drums, piano, and guitar. The tune sounds mournful

The artistes used the recording of one of their ministrations in Enugu as the video for this track. Do you think this song should have an original video?

Below are the lines I love most in this song

 “Obata ulo adinma(He comes to a Home; everyone is Happy.)”
Obudi Onye n’ekwu ma ikwuchasi chukwu ebighebi(Who can say when You’re done talking? Everlasting God)”

JUST WONDERING

This man’s facial expression though

Take a gander at the lyrics below.

LYRICS TO EKWUEME BY PROSPA FT OSINACHI NWACHUKWU

INTRO

Onye nwe anyi ezitewo (Our God that sent)

Ndi Mmoziya ka ha nonyere anyi (His angels to come be with us)

You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

Ekwueme! Ekwueme! (The one who says and does it)

Ekwueme! Ekwueme! (The one who says and does it)

You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

INTERLUDE

Taledadadadadada, malaladadedadadada

You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

Manenalelenakunoba, nanananesonaye

Lalalaleneneno; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

VERSE 1

(PROSPA OCHINAMA)

You’re my Healer, You’re my Keeper
My Restorer, My Life giver
You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

No one can do me like you do. No one can touch me like you do, God! Eh
You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

You picked me from the miry clay, set my feet on the rock to stay
You’re my Promoter. You’re my Defender
You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

OSINACHI NWACHUKWU
Okechi e nnukwu chi – 2x(Great God, massive God)
Nani gi bu ome okachie(Only you has the final say)
Nani ihe ikwuru bu ihe ina eme(Its only what you say that comes to pass)
Omo okachie nnukwu chi(Final say, massive God)
Amama amasi amasi(All wise God)
Olori ihe loro che loro enyi (He swallows, what swallows an elephant)
Agu bata Ohia Mgbada awara Oso(The tiger that appears and puts the antelope on a run)
Ekwueme so gi bu Ekwueme(The one who says and does it. You are the one that says and does it)
Ihe ikwuru bu ihe ina eme(What You say is what You do)
Ihe ikara bu ihe ina eme(You do what You say)

Obu onye n’ekwu ma chim kwuchasia(Who can say it when my God has not said it)
Obu Onye N’aturu chim uka chukwu(Who tells God what to do?)
Inweghi mgbanwe Chukwu ebighebi e(Forever and ever You changeth not)
Inweghi onyiri amama amasi amasi(You have no comparism; The All-wise God)
Ebube dike, Okechi Ekwueme(Glorious in Power, Great God, The one who says and does)
Ihe ikwu k’ina eme(What You say is what You do)
Oloro Ihe loro ihe loro enyi kpuru odumu n’ onu(He that swallows what swallows elephant and kept lion in His Month)
Oke nmanwu n’eta Onwe ya(Great masquerade that guides Himself)
Ogbara nkiti Okwu biri n’ onu ya(In His Silence, He still has the final say)
Echeta obi esie ike(The One you remember and You’re Confident)
Gaga n’ ogwu(He who tread on thrones Comfortably)
Amama amasi amasi(The all wise God)
Oje n’ nmuo, Oje na madu chukwu Oma(The one who travels in the Spirit and in the physical, Good God)
Obata ulo adinma(He comes to a Home; everyone is Happy.)
Ebube dike 4x Ekwuemeeeeeeeeee! (Glorious in Power(4x) The one who says and does)

Ah! Ekwueme! Ekwueme!! (The one who says and does)
Ekwueme! Ekwueme!! Ekwueme me (The one who says and does)
Chi juru éluigwe we ju Uwa nile(God who fills the heaven and the earth)
Ekwueme ihe ikwuru ka ina eme(What You say is what You do)
Ekwueme nani gi bu ekwueme(He that says and does, only You says and does.)
Ikuku aman’onya chi obioma(The wind that cannot be trapped)
Ekwueme ememue Ogara ngada nga(The One who says and does, the wealthiest)
Obata ulo adi uma, Chukwu onye olu ebube(The one that comes to a home and make it good; the God that does wondrous works)
Ekwueme ihe ikwuru ka’ina eme(The one that says and does, what You say is what You do)
Obu onye n’aturu gi uka chukwu oma(Who tells you what to do, my God)
Obudi Onye n’ekwu ma ikwuchasi chukwu ebighebi(Who can say when You’re done talking? Everlasting God)
Nani gi bu ekwu eme, Ihe ikara bu ihe ina eme(The only One that says and does, You’re the One that says and does it)
Ekwueme ibu ekwueme. Oke nmiri nke n’ebu ogwe(The one who says and does. The flood that carries the bridges)
Ebighebi eligwe, Oke nmanwu n’eti onwe ya obata ulo adimma(You are Heaven Forever, The masquerade that dresses Himself)
Chukwu Oh 5x ah! Ekwueme imedawomu obi(God! You have consoled my heart)
Chukwu oma, Oletara onye emejoro Chukwu oma(Good God, the one that consoles the offended)
Ekwueme, chi n’echere mu so gi bu ekwueme o (The one who says and does, the one who thinks of me, the one who says and do)
Ekwuemem mu mh mh Ekwueme (The one who says and does )

OUTRO (PROSPA)
See What You’ve done for me. See how you set me free
You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)
See what You’ve done for me. See How You delivered me.
You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)
Eze, no one like You (2X) (King, there is no one like you)

You are the Living God O; Eze, no one like You (King, there is no one like you)

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG EKWUEME BELOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ln__MWpKA

Duration: 6 minutes 57 seconds

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Produced by Sunny Pee ; DG Art by Reeng Hard

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2 comments

  1. Hi Ogefash,
    Thanks for the helpful review on the song Ekwueme by Mr. Prospa Ochimana and Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu.
    This is a song that some Christians here in Kenya love to sing along. I think we sense the Spirit in the song even though it is sung in a foreign language.

    My question is on why the song says God is the big masquerade. I wonder whether the word masquerade has a different meaning in Nigerian English. When I checked it on a dictionary it says the meaning of masquerade is pretence, false and I am sure nobody wants to think of God as false. So I thought I might be missing something here. Please throw some light on it.

    Masquerade definition
    noun
    a false show or pretence.
    “I doubt he could have kept up the masquerade for long”
    Similar: pretence, deception, pose, act…
    Thanks for your time.
    Gabriel.

    1. Hi Gabriel, thanks for stopping by @ogefash photo blog to read one of our juicy contents. Thanks for sharing your thought on the song Ekwueme by Mr. Prospa Ochimana and Mrs. Osinachi Nwachukwu.
      I believe the artiste calling God “Oke Mmanwu” which means “Great Masquerade” can be likened to Him as “God of all gods” or ” King of all kings.” Or maybe the artiste was just referring to God as the “Greatest ….”
      …..
      Phew! Really, I leave it for other readers and commenters of Ogefash Photo Blog to throw more light on…

      So, Ogefash Stylists, kindly share “Why did the artistes refer to God as a Great masquerade.”

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