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Efunsetan Aniwura: Yoruba’s Most Powerful Woman That Ever Lived?

The story of Efunsetan Aniwura is perhaps one of the most motivating thrillers in Yoruba political history. It captivates, in the most astounding manner, the place of women in Yoruba political history. But all along, the story of Efunsetan had been written and foretold by her tormentors and painted grimly …

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What Is Ifa?

A lecture by Prof Idowu Odeyemi. With due respect to the practitioners of “African Religion”, I wish to state that, until now, writers and even thinkers have tended to overlook a fundamentally important aspect of the religion, that is, the existence of a strand which threads and knits together all …

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Yoruba Folktale – Mo…ni…ni

There lived a drummer whose name was Ayanda alias Minimini. He was called so as his drumming was nice to the ears. He was marvellous at drumming, he was good looking and was the choice of many ladies, he therefore, was a womanizer. He was prosperous and popular, all these …

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The Yoruba And Their Fungi

In some parts of the Yoruba lands the word for fungus or mushroom is Olu [anything that is more prominent or which rises higher than any other thing in its environment], because mushrooms are easily distinguished from the surrounding plants. In other regions the word osun is used. This is …

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To’Ju Iwa Re, Ore Mi 

To’ju iwa re, ore mi, Ola a ma si lo n’ile eni, Ewa a si ma si l’ara enia. Olowo oni ‘nd’olosi b’o d’ola, Okun l’ola, okun n’igbi oro,   Gbogbo won l’o nsi lo n’ile eni; Sugbon iwa ni m’ba ni de sare’e, Owo ko je nkan fun ni. …

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