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Lost in Translation: Chidinma – Martha

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In this installment of Lost in Translation, Afroxilla translates Chidinma’s “Martha”.

Nigerian singer-songwriter and 2013 Project Fame winner, Chidinma, released “Martha” a beautiful ode to her mother.   Chidinma’s mother, Martha, makes a guest appearance, illustrating in her native tongue, Igbo, the African songstress difficult birthing process.

[Intro: Mrs. Martha]
Chidinma nwa’m bu ihe chineke dere, akaraka ya chineke edele ya ede. And
ihe obuna chineke dere, onwero mmadu obuna ekere eke ga edekashi ya.
Owu otu oshi di

(Chidinma my daughter is someone who has
been ordained by God. God has written her destiny. And whatever God has
written, no human being can re-write. That’s how it is!!)

[Verse 1: Chidinma]

Beautiful life you give me
Beautiful things you do for me
Nobody love me like you do
I say nobody treat me like you do
Cloth for my back, food for my table
You love me before anybody that’s why I love you
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)
You sleep for ground make I fit sleep for bed o
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)
The last soup whey you cook, e still dey ring for my head o
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)
I write this song to tell you say I love you
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)

[Hook: Mrs. Martha]
Chidinma owu nwa’m nke isii out of umu asaa mmuru. Oge’m di ime
chidinma, infact obia by surprise. Ashi’m na amushala’m nwa. Mana
chidinma bia mgbe muah aturo anya imu nwa ozo. Muah gana ebe ezigbote
akwa. So di’m abia kpo’m, muah akoro di’m si ya nekwa ihe ndi mmadu na
ekwu. So muna ya na abuo, egwu na atu anyi. Some men, men of God, that
night haa bia na b’anyi, bia na ekpe ekpere, na ekpe ekpere…ha kpe
ekpere kalia 2-3 hours. So ha bia gwam si’m na ujo atula’m. Na nga ahu
ihe chukwu ga’alu. Nke’a bu after 15 days, so after that day ekesha
ekpere, nwata abia mepezia anya ya very bright, mepezia anya ya very
bright

(Chidinma my daughter is the sixth child of
the seven children I gave birth to. When I was pregnant with Chidinma,
it came as a surprise. I had said I wouldn’t give birth anymore but
Chidinma came when I wasn’t expecting to give birth again. I used to cry
heavily. My husband called me and I told him what people were saying
about Chidinma. We were both very scared. Some men of God came that
night and started praying hard. They prayed for almost three hours, then
they told me not to be scared and that I’ll see God’s miracle in her
life….that was on the fifteenth day. So after that day, on the next
day, Chidinma opened her eyes very bright!!)

Free Download “Chidinma – Martha (Official Audio)”

[Verse 2: Chidinma]
People bin talk say her pikin e no strong reach
How you dey cope with Martha and her small body
But them forget about the Lord whey dey use egg crack stone, use basket fetch water
Tell me say when I enter this world
You and my papa dey struggle to pay for rent
I was blind for fifteen days and I left you worried
You stayed with me when nobody fit stay
You dey pray for me when help no dey
Oh mama mama mama mama mama mama mama
Oh mama mama mama
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)
Nobody be like you eh iya lucky, iya lucky
(Ah ah ah ah ah ah mama)
If anybody carry nose for you, na to burst am

If anybody do guy for you, na to whooze am

[Outro: Mrs. Martha]

Chidinma nwa’m bu ihe chineke dere, akaraka ya chineke edele ya ede. And
ihe obuna chineke dere, onwero mmadu obuna ekere eke ga edekashi ya.
Owu otu oshi di.

(Chidinma my daughter is someone who has
been ordained by God. God has written her destiny. And whatever God has
written, no human being can re-write. That’s how it is!!)

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