Showing posts with label Yoruba. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yoruba. Show all posts

Friday, January 17, 2014

Olukumi: An Interface Of Yoruba And Edo Kingdoms

Delta State of the federal republic of Nigeria is made up of 25 Local Government Areas (LGAS) and like every other state, it is represented in the Nigerian senate by three senators; Delta Central, Delta South and Delta North.

Delta Central comprises eight LGAS and is inhabited by the Urhobos while Delta Stouth also comprises eight LGAS and is home to the ethnic Ijaw, Isoko and Itsekiri while Delta North is home to the Ika, Enuani, Ukwuani sub-groups who are spread across nine LGAS.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Yoruba Africans don't wage holy war.

A Yoruba proverb says, "A kole birikoto, a ni ki Orisa gba a; bi ko ba gba a, ko lo sigbee ko lo sa eke, ko lo sodan lo ho okun, ko mo bi agara-a ti ndani."

In English, it means that, if you build a shrine for your God or Orisa. And your god does not want the shrine or appreciate your effort. You do not have to worry. You also have the right as a man to ask the Orisa to go into the forest to cut stakes, grass land for vines to build his or her shrine. 

I love this proverb because it shows how tolerant our ancestors were to one another about God and different mode of worship. It also shows the horizontal relationship between them and their Gods (Orisa's). Unlike the vertical relationship between African Christians and Muslims to their adopted heavenly Gods today. 

We should all learn to tolerate one another. Our security should only be the reason why we should attack or defend ourselves with cohesive force not because of our religion and our definition of the most high (God). Could this be the reason why Yoruba ancestors don't wage crusade or Jihad (holy wars) on one another? I believe so, what about you?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

RICH CULTURE: Popular Yoruba Names And Their English Meanings

Yoruba, Hausa and the Igbo tribes are the 3 most common tribes in Nigeria today.

The natives of Yorubaland are in the habit of naming a child in order of place, circumstances surrounding his or her birth as well as in honour of an ancestor.

Listed below are few Yoruba names and their meanings in English Language.

Name                  Meaning

Ajayi——–A child born with face turned downwards

Aina——Is the female of Ojo(of the two names, Ijebu tribe uses Aina,it is proverbial that (Ijebu Kii je Ojo),”Ijebus never bear the name Ojo.”

Dada—–Children with knotted hair or dreads

Ilori——Conceived after a previous birth, before resumption of mensturation

Oke—–A child wrapped in a thin membrane at birth, (The Amniotic sac)

Taiwo—-The first to arrive of a twin

Kehinde—The last to arrive of a twin

Eta Oko—The third child in a Triplet

Ojo———-A male child that has his umbilical cord tied around his neck at birth.

Talabi——-A child born with the head and body covered with Caul like a masquerade

Oni———A baby whose incessant cry at birth suggest that he/she is in distress

Ige ——–A baby that came out of the womb with feet first

Idowu—–A child born after a set of twins.

Alaba——A child born after Idowu

Olugbodi—-A child born with the sixth finger

Erinle——–A child born with an umbilical cord around his wrist.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Isomoloruko Yoruba Cultural Documentary

Friday, November 2, 2012

Yoruba Epa Headdress- Art & Culture

Possibly late nineteenth century. Made by Bamgose in Osi Ilorin. Epa  head dressed of Yoruba people promote the well being & effective-being of societies. Processions of headdress execute a high energy dances which advise increased great powers of  its existence plus the strengthening in the entire image. The performers leap for the prime of the mound, the results of which can be an omen to the society. Opin; this kind of masks ended up called aguru and had been applied inside the publish funeral rites of title adult males whose  main status was dependant on particular achievement in lieu of lineage.The body/image from the warrior appears often on th Epa masks. Also that is also a body of power & authority, it memories of no less than 300 years of cavalry war-field  in north center Yoruba Land.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Yoruba Art And Culture

In Yoruba-land culture, females and males every single have their very own  special characteristics which makes them effective. Metaphorically, females and guys can be mostly compared to containers & what desires containing.  Ladies are  these vessels in greater than 1 sense. They carry along babies, they usually also obtain men throughout intimate intercourse.  In such a way, women has got a very power that adult men require.  This can be an vital strategy of feminine ability that is certainly brought out via the artwork. Vessels & receptacles are historically related to most women for two applications: they may be symbolic and precise containers, and they could possibly be reputable &  productive. According to one  legend, a lady named Agere and was  divination deity’s spouse who safeguarded him by hiding him in her stomach & also helped him by functioning with him. Agere containers/vessels, which is usually divination vessels that maintain a vibrant male initiate’s palm nuts (consist of) and that come about to get also accustomed to ground medicines (productive), turned generally known as this kind of because of this lady.Despite the fact that related to females, rather than photographs of females, the agere containers are generally carved in the type of males on horseback.