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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Events, News, NYC, Yoruba | 2 comments

AFROCROWD WIKIPEDIA WORKSHOPS TO LAUNCH DURING BLACK WIKI HISTORY MONTH WEEKEND NEW YORK, NY — January 25, 2014 — Announcing AfroCROWD Intro to Wikimedia and How to Edit Wikipedia  workshops at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons  on February 7th and 8th.   Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference websites, attracting  over 470 million unique visitors monthly. There are more than 76,000 active contributors working on more than 31,000,000 articles in 285 languages. How can people of African descent  be accurately represented among the body of articles and among the editors?   Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD),  is a new initiative which seeks to address this issue by increasing the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements....

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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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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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Facts about Yoruba people and culture

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Learning Options, News, Yoruba | 1 comment

Regarded as one of the most popular and largest African ethnic groups in the South of the Sahara desert, The Yoruba people are found in mostly south western Nigeria, Benin and Togo. Other populations outside Africa with Yoruba influence howbeit not fluent in the language include Brazil, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. Brazil has the largest population of Yoruba culture.  Here are interesting facts about the people. The following states in Nigeria are Yoruba speaking states: Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo. Other states which share boundaries with Yoruba states (and have significant Yoruba-speaking population)  include Edo, Kwara and Kogi states   According to Yoruba Mythology, the Yoruba people descended from the deity Ọodua or Ọduduwa. Many historians however believe that Yoruba people migrated west from Ancient Kush or modern-day South Sudan   There are variations in the Yoruba...

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World Changing Yoruba in the Spotlight: Gbenga Akinnagbe

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Articles, Learning Options, News, Yoruba, Yorubas You Know, Young Hip Yoruba | 1 comment

In this world, there are people that use their fame and money to please themselves. Then there are the few people that use their fame to change lives! Those people are the ones that make an affect ! They are people that refuse to live in a skewed world when they have the power to change it. Mr. Gbenga Akinnagbe is one of those people. Born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Akinnagbe was in and out of trouble as a youth. He is the second oldest of six children, with one older sister and four younger brothers. He is the first in his family to be born in the U.S. He attended Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. Akinnagbe attended Bucknell University on a wrestling scholarship, majoring in Political Science and English. He played “Ben Ellis” in the episode...

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Learn Yoruba: Months of the Year/ Osù nínú Odún

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Articles, Home, Learning Options, News, Yoruba | 0 comments

How do the Yoruba people say the months of the year? Look below and find out! To learn more Yoruba make sure to check us out on the awesome classes that we offer! Osù nínú Odún/ Months of the Year Osù kìíní odún (Sêrê)/ January Osù kejì odún (Èrèlé)/ February Osù keta odún (Erênà)/ March Osù kerin odún (Igbe)/ April Osù karùnún odún (Èbìbí)/ May Osù kefà odún (Òkudù)/ June Osù keje odún (Agemo)/ July Osù kejæ odún (Ògún)/ August Osù kesànán odún (Öwerë)/ September Osù kewàá odún (Öwàrà)/ October Osù kækànlá odún (Belú)/ November Osù kejìlá odún...

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