Tag: Yoruba

  Yorùbá:  Ẹni nwá orí ahun, tí nwá ẹsẹ̀ ahun, odi-n-di ahun ni yóò rà.   English:  He who is looking for the head of a tortoise, and also looking for the legs of a tortoise will better buy a…

  Yorùbá:  Ẹni iyá rẹ̀ ò ta asọ, yóò ta nǹkan míì.   English:  He whose mother does not sell clothes, will sell other things.   Usage:  It is used to express the fact that everybody is unique in their…

  Yorùbá:  Ẹni lé eku méjì, á pòfo. English:  A person who pursues two rats will kill nothing. Usage:  It is used to caution one against engaging in too many things at the same time. Need Yoruba language services?  Contact…

Proverbs are wholesome sayings with profound meanings.  They are at the core of Yoruba culture. The use of proverbs are common with the elders in the society during discussions among themselves, or when talking to the young ones.  The young…

Yorùbá: Èniyàn boni lara ju asọ lọ. English:  People cover one more than cloth. Usage:   This is to express the benefit derivable from human                relations.   The Yoruba believe that there is much to gain in togetherness or communal…

  Yorùbá: Dàndógó kọjá à á binu dá? English: Dàndógó* surpasses what can be acquired in annoyance. Usage: This proverb is used to explain the fact that great exploits are not attained easily. That successes do not come cheaply, but…

GREETINGS ON CERTAIN OCCASIONS Our discussion on greetings in Yoruba will lead us to a consideration of certain greetings that are used for certain periods, seasons, or specific occasions. These include greetings during festivities; naming ceremonies, house-warming, graduation ceremonies; seasons;…

GREETINGS – I In Nigeria, there are different cultures among the different tribes, like it obtains all over the world. This post is on the culture of greetings in Yoruba.  In the weeks to come we shall examine greetings in…