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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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Predestination – Kadara , Ayanmo, Ipin, Or Akose jaye

Yoruba people of the archaic days strongly believed in predestination. They rush to the shrine to confirm a newborn’s predestination/Akose-jaye. That apart, before they embark on any significant task, they would consult a priest to ensure it conforms with their Kadara. Yoruba people strongly believe each person’s Kadara is unique …

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Oriki Obinrin Yoruba

Obinrin ni aya okunrin, Obinrin ni iya okunrin Okunrin a ma lagbara sugbon obinrin a ma l’ete Ete si niyi, ni iwon ju agbara lo Ni won ma fi ni wipe Okunrin ti obinrin o le mu, iyen ti mi tan l’atano Obinrin a pa eje modi, atun fidi le …

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