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OF SEKERE AND AGOGO BELL
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In Yoruba belief, the spirit of everything that exists physically on earth, first existed in heaven. That includes all things living and inorganic. The instrument we know today as a sekere, was one of these, as was his friend in heaven, Agogo Bell. On earth, the agogo bell is a bell percussion instrument. It is made of iron and its shape is like that of a cone with a handle at its pointed end.
Of course, in heaven they did not live or look the way they do now. In fact, they had no idea how they would live or what they would look like once they came into the earthly world. But, for the time being, Mr. Agogo Bell lived like a prince. He had the finest of everything and wanted for nothing. He was popular and well respected by his friends, of which Sekere was one. He had a beautiful family that loved him dearly. All these blessings made Mr. Agogo Bell rather arrogant and a little conceited.
Unfortunately, Sekere did not live such a perfect and idyllic life, despite heaven's reputation for