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The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series presents: CULTURAL CONFIDENCE

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Culture, Events, Yoruba History, Yorubas You Know, Young Hip Yoruba | 0 comments

What is CULTURAL CONFIDENCE ? from Nollywood Diaspora on Vimeo. The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to present it’s second annual forum, themed Cultural Confidence: Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Nigeria and 54 years of Nigerian independence, NDFS will screen world-class films of New Nollywood and host panel discussions on pertinent issues facing Nigerians at home and abroad. (Buy tickets)   Presented in partnership with NYU Africana Studies and the Yoruba Cultural Institute, NDFS Cultural Confidence promises to be even more exciting than last year’s event. With a line up of incredible minds and talents –actors, producers, writers and other key stakeholders—delving into issues of critical importance at this time in history, Cultural Confidence will build significantly on the conversation begun last year....

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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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Don’t be Discouraged: Five Comebacks for Those Who Laugh at Your Yoruba

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Home, Yoruba | 0 comments

Learning Yoruba? Still working on your accent? Your vocabulary? Yoruba people tend to find great humor in new learners. They will chuckle at your missed tones, wrong vocabulary and your “Igbo” accent. Well, we believe that fluent speakers should be the first to partner with learners in supporting them to learn the language. But if you come across an aunty or cousin, for example, who finds it drop dead funny that you are still in the learning phase of your native tongue and you miss a word or tone here and there, here are some great comebacks that are almost sure to get them to back off:   1. “Don’t make fun of my Yoruba and I won’t make fun of your Heenglish.” Most of the people making fun of your growing Yoruba skills probably don’t speak perfect English—or...

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Yoruba Cartoons: “Alo”

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Articles, Children, Culture, Home, Vids | 2 comments

We are very impressed with the newest Yoruba cartoons produced by Golden Effects Studios, the “Alo” series by Kunle Afolayan. Great lessons for the young ones, or for anyone learning Yoruba. Yorubas are very diplomatic and love to speak in riddles. This series helps you to add a few such riddles to your repertoire, but also provides great vocabulary lessons. The videos are super short, too, so you can use them as something like educational flashcards. Share with your little ones and those that have little...

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Popular Yoruba Sayings and Interpretations

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Articles, Culture, Home, Yoruba | 0 comments

Words  in the Yoruba culture are so rich and full of wisdom and depth. In my earlier post, we saw how our parents and elders communicate with actions and non-verbal messages. In this article, we explore some phrases and sayings in Yoruba and their literal and intended meanings. The sayings can be applied in several situations. The application is determined by the uniqueness of the circumstance.   Bán ná ọmọ mí kọ dé nu olọmọ: A parent is not happy when his/her child is disciplined by a stranger (No one can discipline a child more than the parent) Bí a bá fi ọwọ́ ọ̀tún na ọmọ, à fi ọwọ́ òsì fà á mọ́ra. If one whips a child with the right hand, one embraces it with the left. (A child deserving punishment yet deserves love.) Agbàtán la n gbá...

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