Posts Tagged “Yoruba”

TIME TO END THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND NDIGBO || FEMI ARIBISALA

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TIME TO END THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND NDIGBO || FEMI ARIBISALA

Both the Yorubas and the Igbo stereotype one another. To the Igbo, the Yorubas are the “ngbati ngbati” “ofemmanu” who eat too much oil. They are masters of duplicity and deception; saying one thing while meaning another. To the Yorubas, the Igbo are clannish and money-minded. They are Shylock traders who specialize in selling counterfeit goods.

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‘SIXTEEN CROWNS’ BRINGS THE FORCE OF ASE TO THE CITY GALLERY

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‘SIXTEEN CROWNS’ BRINGS THE FORCE OF ASE TO THE CITY GALLERY

At the City Gallery, visitors can see a collection of Nigerian art that tells two stories simultaneously: that of the Yoruba tradition and that of the life of Ade Ofunniyin, the collector of these works. Ofunniyin, 63, is a scholarly anthropologist at the College of Charleston who teaches courses in African-American studies, Gullah culture, women’s…

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NIGERIAN WOMEN AND THEIR GELE STYLES | NIGERIAN LADIES RE-INVENTING THE GELE

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NIGERIAN WOMEN AND THEIR GELE STYLES | NIGERIAN LADIES RE-INVENTING THE GELE

What Is Gele? In the Western Region of Nigeria, women can often be seen in their traditional attire of “Buba“, an airy type blouse with long sleeve, and “Iro” the wrapper that’s tied on top of the buba. To complete this whole attire, a woman will wear a head wrap (usually in matching fabric). This…

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OGIDI: THE YORUBA TOWN, THE IGBO TOWN

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OGIDI: THE YORUBA TOWN, THE IGBO TOWN

The Yoruba Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria. With a population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition…

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6 IMPORTANT DRUMS OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

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6 IMPORTANT DRUMS OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

1. Gangan/ Dundun (Talking Drum): Gangan is also known as ‘Talking drums’ . It holds a special place in the tradition of the Yoruba people, and its use in Yoruba folklore cannot be overemphasized. Its origin can be traced to the Old Oyo Empire in South-West, Nigeria. It was introduced as a means of communication during inauguration of the Alaafin of Oyo. Talking Drums are used to imitate different tone and chant patterns of the Yoruba language. Its hourglass shape makes it possible for it to be held under the arm. It is made of adjustable cords. This cords can determine the pitch of the drum. If the cords and strings are pulled hard, the sound or tone from the drum would increase and if the chords are softly squeezed, the sound will be low. They are frequently used in modern churches, festivals, wedding ceremonies and carnivals.

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THE YORUBA PROVERB: “Ọ̀RUN NYABọ̀, KI ṣÉ ọ̀Rọ̀ ẹNÌKAN – AYÉ MÓORU” – “HEAVEN IS COLLAPSING…”

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THE YORUBA PROVERB: “Ọ̀RUN NYABọ̀, KI ṣÉ ọ̀Rọ̀ ẹNÌKAN – AYÉ MÓORU” – “HEAVEN IS COLLAPSING…”

Another example that can be used to explain the Yoruba proverb that said “Heaven will fall is not a problem limited to one person”, such as the person who proclaimed that he saw the signs that the world is coming to an end, some believed his proclamation and began to sell off their properties.

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Some Cultural Taboos In Yoruba Land

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Some Cultural Taboos In Yoruba Land

Every people everywhere have their cultural ways of life and what is considered normal and acceptable for community folks in those areas. The need to sanitize the society and prevent cultural abuses has led to the establishment of cultural taboos and abominations – what people in given areas must never do to keep the society…

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Lagos Government to make Yoruba Language compulsory in schools

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Lagos Government to make Yoruba Language compulsory in schools

Lagos State Government has concluded plans to make the teaching of Yoruba language compulsory in all its public schools. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State represented by his deputy Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, said that the subject will be taught in primary schools and junior secondary schools JSS3 across the state. He disclosed this yesterday…

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STEPS IN MAKING THE ASO-OKE FABRIC

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STEPS IN MAKING THE ASO-OKE FABRIC

PLANTING OF COTTONS: The cotton is used in making the threads used in weaving Aso-Oke and it is mostly planted during the rainy season between the month of June and July. However the cottons would be ready for harvesting between November and February of the following year. Most cases after harvesting the cottons are kept…

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Gbegiri Soup: A Yoruba Delicacy

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Gbegiri Soup: A Yoruba Delicacy

Gbegiri soup is a Yoruba (Western Nigerian) soup prepared with beans. On its own, it looks like baby food but it comes alive when you add Ewedu Soup and meat from your Beef & Chicken Stew. Gbegiri Soup  takes a bit of getting used for those who are not used to eating soup cooked with…

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