"Boju Boju" is a game of hide-and-seek played on moonlit nights. It's played as a call-and-response. The part in italics is the response.
Cover Your Eyes
Se ki nsi?
Si si sin sii
Eni to loro ba mu a pa je
Cover your eyes
The chief masquerader is coming
Go and hide
Should I open them?
Open, open, open them!
Whoever he finds will be killed.
Boju boju = mask, cover your eyes, hide-and-seek
Oro is one of the gods in Yoruba religion. The Oro also refers to a masquerade in his honor where men disguise themselves as spirits. Women are not allowed to see the Oro masquerade and must stay inside.
Oloro is the high chief in charge of the masquerade. That's who's referred to in the song. We translated Oloro as "chief masquerader".
One person covers their eyes while singing this song. Everyone else hides. On the line, "Se ki n si?", if everyone replies, "Si si sin sii" then he can open/uncover his eyes and search for them.
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Translated by Lisa.
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