When I became a Godmother

This is a collection of journals I wrote for Wolof class. I initially intended to try and mesh them into one but I was practicing with different conjugation forms and I’m just far too lazy to move all the information from each into one cohesive piece. So, enjoy!

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July 10th

Ëllëg, man, dina dem New Mexico ndax sama “Godson” am na “baptism.” Alexander Cole Ayodele Akinnikawe la tur. Xander la tudd. Pàppa bu Xander, sama kuzeŋ la. Ayo la tudd. Moom, pàppam mag ju góór la sama pàppa. Waaye, Ayo am ma at bu gën man, kon, tudd naa ko “Tonton Ayo.” Tonton Ayo, jabaram, Erin la tudd. Erin, Ameriq la jóge.

Tomorrow, I will go to New Mexico because my Godson has a baptism. Alexander Cole Ayodale Akinnikawe is his name. He’s call Xander. Xander’s father is my cousin. Ayo is his name. His father is the older brother of my father. But, Ayo has more years than me, so I call him “Uncle Ayo.” Uncle Ayo’s wife, he name is Erin. Erin is from America. 

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July 15th

Man, maa ngiy pare dem New Mexico te dinaa gis sama tonton ak waakëram. Sama doomu tonton bu bees bi, dina am baptisé. Man, Allah-yere bi laay. Kon, damay jëndal naa koy ndawtal. Maa ngiy jëndal sama bopp mbubb bu violet, dàll yu weex, ceen ak semeen yu weex. Dinaa dawal sama oto ciOrlando. Dinaa jël abiyoŋ ci Dallas ak aprés ci New Mexico.

I am preparing to go to New Mexico and I will see my Uncle and his family. My Uncle’s new child will have a baptism. I will be the Godmother. So, I am buying presents for him. I am buying myself a violet dress, white shoes and white necklace and bracelets. I will drive my car to Orlando. I will take a plane to Dallas and after to New Mexico.

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July 16th

Keroog, dama tukkiwoon ci New Mexico. Ñówoon naa ci booru 12:00am. Ci New Mexico, tangoon na waaye nuguloon. Gisoon naa kër yu rafet yu bare. Waajuru Ayo danañuy yàggoon ci kër gi, itam. Samidi, yeewuwoon nanu ci suba teel bi te demoon pour “photoshoot.” Erin ak sama tonton, Ayo, am nañu naari doom. Ayana am na juroomi at te Alexander am ñetti weer. Ci gannaaw, ndékkiwoon nanu ci Cracker Barrel. Dama nelawoon tuuti ci diggu bëccëg bi. Erin, Ayana ak man, génnoon kër ga ci ngoon bi. Premiere, demoon nanu rafetaay bu butig te seeni we wu baaraam piendrewoonal nañu nu. Ci gannaaw, demoon nanu ñam wu butig. Dimaas, danu yeewuwaatoon ci suba teel bi. Maa soloon sama mbubb bu bees ak yëf yu bees. Jëmoon nanu ci eglis ci yoor-yoor. Am nanu baptisé bi gannaaw mass bi. Xarit ak mbokku Erin ak Ayo ñu nga fay, itam. Maa jàppoon Alexander “during” ci baptisé. Moom, baaxoon na lool. Ayana, du baaxoon. Ci gannaaw, amoon nanu ndajee ci kër ga. Danu Lekkoon fajitas ak gâteau. Waajur yi wax “about” seeni xale te xale yi xuusoon nañu.

A few days ago, I traveled to New Mexico. I arrived around 12am. In New Mexico, it is hot but not humid. I saw many beautiful houses. Ayo’s parents were staying in the house as well. Saturday, we woke up early in the morning and went for a photoshoot. Erin and my Uncle Ayo have two children. Ayana has 5 years and Alexander has 3 months. After, we had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I slept a little in the middle of the day. Erin, Ayana, and I left the house in the afternoon. First, we went to the beauty store (salon) and our nails were painted for us. (It was my very first mani-pedi). After, we went to the food store. Sunday, we woke up early in the morning. I wore my new dress and new things. We headed for the church around 10am. We had the baptism after the mass. Erin and Ayo’s friends and family were there also. I carried Alexander during the baptism. He was very good. After, we had a gathering at the house. We ate fajitas and cake. The parents talked about their kids and the kids swam.

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