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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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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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Yoruba Hairstyles

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Articles, Home, Yoruba | 1 comment

There is a popular saying that the hair is the crown-beauty of a woman. It also applies to our Yoruba women. In Yoruba culture there are different hairstyles worn by the women to beautify their looks. The average african hair is curly and kinky in texture therefore several styles have over the years been created to beautify as well as tame the hair. Most hairstyles have names and specific techniques of styling. The hairstyles have since been modernized to suit today’s woman fashion sense. The hairstyles are categorized into Irun Kiko, (Threading) and Irun Didi. (Plaiting) Irun Kiko is otherwise known as threading. It is called threading because the primary tool used is thread. The primary thread used is the black rubber thread, while other colors can be added for flair. Irun kiko (Threading) This technique can be used to achieve several different styles. With the...

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Popular Yoruba Festival in View: Ẹyo Festival

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Articles, Home, Yoruba, Yoruba History | 1 comment

There are so many festivals throughout the year in Yorubaland. They are often heralded by beautifully costumed performers and dancers. These events span several days with a day set aside for the grand finale. Each festival has its unique characteristics and significance attached to it. The Ẹyo festival is one such festival and is unique to Lagos, Nigeria. The festival is a series of performances and is is often used to commemorate the ascension or passage of the Ọba (King) of Lagos. It can also be in honor of a deceased person who contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos in their lifetime. The festival showcases the rich culture and colors of traditional Lagos. In recent times, it has become a tourist attraction for foreigners and other indigenes from across Nigeria. Here are some interesting facts and events during the...

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