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To Carry a Wife: The Rites & Significance Yoruba Traditional Marriage

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Articles, Culture, Home | 3 comments

This article is a continuation of the previous article on Traditional Yoruba Marriage. Now, we will be looking at specific terms defining the marriage process.   The traditional wedding itself is called “Igbeyawo.” It literally means “the carrying of the bride.” This term is coined from the old tradition of lifting the new bride into her new home as a welcoming act.   This is usually done after the party is over and the bride is taken to the groom’s family house or, in modern days, her new home. She is escorted by her friends with gifts such as kitchen utensils, clothes, jewelry and all things used by women. Once she gets to her new home, a woman is selected from the groom’s family to ushers her into the home. At the entrance of the house, the bride’s feet are...

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More than Smog & Owambes: Where to go in Yorubaland

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Articles, Culture, Travel, Yoruba | 1 comment

Africa is blessed with beautiful scenery and landmarks attractive for tourist visits. Yorubaland is particularly rich in natural habitats and landmarks, places that have become great tourist attractions for visitors from within and outside of Nigeria. These sites provide a boost for the Nigerian economy as well. We would be looking at some of these landmarks found in Yoruba land.   The Lekki Conservative Centre The Lekki Conservative Centre is situated in the outer skirts of Lagos state on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. As the name implies, it is a conservationist site for native animals and plants on the verge of extinction. It is a 78-hectare reserve comprised of mixed swamp and savannah. If you are looking for a place to relax with breathtaking views of wild life, where you can learn a bit about the animal kingdom, this is...

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Yoruba Traditional Marriage Ceremony: A Step by Step Account

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Articles, Events, Home, Lyrics, Music, News, Vids, Yoruba, Yoruba History | 3 comments

  Today, we are talking weddings. That union between two people from different backgrounds and orientations coming together in love to build a home and choose to become one. Universally, a wedding is one of the most important events in one’s life. In Africa, marriages are seen as a union not between two people, but between two families. It is indeed a big deal, hence the elaborate celebrations attached to the event. In Nigeria, most weddings span several months and weeks for both preparation and the events. The Yoruba wedding culture is an age long tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. Once a man is of age, and is capable of providing for a family, he seeks a young lady he wishes to marry. In the customary sense, he does not approach the lady at first....

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Interview with Dayo Adeneye (British Nigerian Me)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Articles, Events, Home, Learning Options, Yoruba | 0 comments

Who is Dayo Adeneye? Let us know more about you and your family background   Answer: I am 23 years old young man and a recent graduate who studied Media Technology (BSc) at Kingston University. I was born and raised in New Cross, South East London by my Nigerian parents who both immigrated to the UK in the early 80’s where they met. I am extremely passionate about film and scriptwriting as well as music.   What was growing up like for you?   Answer: I had a “normal” childhood for the most part. But obviously having Nigerian parents kind of differentiated me from the English children around me as my parents are very traditional in their values and how they raised me. I was always aware of my Nigerian heritage but was not proud to admit it and...

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Yoruba Games

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Articles, Home, News, Yoruba, Yoruba History | 0 comments

Our culture has its unique form of education as well as leisure and recreational activities. Yoruba adults know how to enjoy a good time. They unwind by dancing, listening to folkloric music and playing games. One of the best known games in the Yoruba culture is Ayo Olopon. It is mostly played by men after a long day at work. Here are the components of the game: Tools The game board is usually a wooden artfully crafted board consisting of twelve holes and stones.   The game board has twelve holes, six on each roll. There are forty-eight pebbles or stones in all. They are distributed into the 12 holes each bearing 4 pebbles.   Players : There are two players in the game. The first player picks up all the stones in his first hole, and distributes them in...

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