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The Yoruba Concept of Abiku and Emere In Yorubaland

It could sound primitive, but it is real especially the Yoruba race. Some children over time reborn to the same mother with the previous look, sex, complexion and structure. Owing to ephemeral nature of Abiku life, Abiku completes several consecutive life-cycles with one mother. In some reality cases, the Yorubas, …

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The Concept of “Eseun àná!” (Giving thanks for yesterday)

Yoruba people are very unique because Olodumare blessed the race with very interesting attributes that if copied by other peoples of the world, would have made this world a better place, but unfortunately and sadly, Yoruba youths are fast losing such uniqueness. Of such attributes are Respect for Elders and …

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Ondo Kingdom: Social Life Descent, Inheritance and Succession

Ondo kinship ideology today is highly bilateral with an emphasis on patrilineality. Unlike other Yoruba kingdoms, however, the Ondo possess a strong tendency toward matrifocality. This is expressed in the kinship term, Omiye mi, which simply means “my maternal kin,” but which is a household word and constitutes a fundamental tenet …

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The Ondo Road Eastwards Of Lagos

During the first six decades of the nineteenth century, practically all the trade of the Yoruba country with the Europeans on the coast was done by the western Yoruba peoples – Egba, Egbado, Ijebu and Ibadan. The chief trade routes passed through Egbados, Abeokuta and Ijebu near the coast, and …

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Ọdun Ọba Festival in Ondo Kingdom

The Odun Oba which comes up in July each year seems to suggest a total subjugation of the people of Ode – Ondo to the Osemawe and his hordes. The Odun – Oba in Ondo normally lasts for seven days. Nine days before the festival, an official announcement is made. …

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Ondo Kingdom Terrain

The Ondo Kingdom, in its pre-colonial setting, comprised the area which lies on latitude 7°6′ north, and 4°50′ (7 degree, 6 minutes and four degree, fifty minutes) east, in the tropical rain forest belt ofNigeria. It was bounded in the north by the modern Akure and Obokun Local Government Areas; in the …

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History Of Ondo Kingdom

Sitting among the thickly forested planes that characterize southwestern Nigeria are the towns and communities that make up the Ondo Kingdom. Located some 300kilometres to the north-east of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve centre and 45kilometres west of Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Kingdom is easily reached by road from all parts of the …

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