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Yoruba History & Culture: Who are the Yoruba people? – Femi Fani-Kayode

May 29, 2013


In his 2,000 page book entitled, ”Ile-Ife-The Source of Yoruba Civilisation”, Prince Adelegan Adegbola wrote the following about the Yoruba people: “The Yoruba are the progeny of great kingship, efficient kingdom-builders and astute rulers. They have been enjoying for centuries a well-organized pattern of society, a pattern which persists, in spite of all the changes […]

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Yoruba classic clothes at weddings: Sanyan, Etu & Alaari – Tola Adenle

May 28, 2013


The three Yoruba great classics are Sanyan [Sanyanmiran – I recently learnt is also a name for the 1st one, thanks to Reader, Mr. Tao], Alaari & Etu – in that order are worn for big occasions as shown here.  There are variations in weaves and colors but Sanyan is always khaki-ish plus white; Etu […]

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Yoruba and Sericulture: Yoruba classic clothes and textiles – Tola Adenle

May 27, 2013


FOREWORD (1) Herewith the Yoruba sericulture re-presentation.  It’s edited and the pictures are cleaned up, and also included in this essay where it belongs alongside the old – I’m assuming – Osolo, “iborun/shawl” of the Mississippi State University archival Sanyan. I know you will enjoy it for different reasons: the Yoruba, hopefully, for historical pride […]

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Update on “Most Yoruba males complete their looks – most looks – with Fila – Tola Adenle

April 24, 2013


April 24, 2013 For those who have read this earlier in the week, a reader has sent me photographs of  fila ode that came complete with an amusing story that dates back to a [Nigerian] university fraternity days.     If you’ve read the pictorial/essay, you can skip to the bottom to […]

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The continued calls for “Yoruba unity”

April 22, 2012


Forum restates need for Yoruba’s unity by Olayinka Olukoya and Lawrence Amaku Friday, The Tribune, 20 April 2012 THE Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) has reiterated the need for all Yorubas, irrespective of political affiliations and status to come together under one umbrella to promote the interest of the Yoruba in Nigeria. Rising from a meeting […]

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If Yoruba cannot grow their food, Yoruba must starve & – Tola Adenle

February 7, 2012


[In my continued puzzled state over the subsidy lie and the exposes of dirty deals, lack of consistent figures from different government agencies, costs in human lives lost, I have continued to marvel at how many essays I have written on the deceit and betrayal of a people.  Two days ago, the open sore that […]

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Yoruba Classic Aso Oke [3 of 3]: Alaari – Tola Adenle

September 16, 2011


This is perhaps the most interesting of the three great classics.  Yeah, interesting may be a vague word but it’s the only word that comes to my mind as I write this.  Pardon me, I’m going to take a shot at the pronunciation but it’s NOT going to be that accurate: ALA (both ‘A‘s are […]

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Yoruba Classic Aso oke (2 of 3), comprising all previously written on Etu – Tola Adenle

September 8, 2011


Etu – pronounce the ‘e’ (as in the ‘e’ of ‘epic’ – and tu as in ‘too [e-tu] is considered by many as the Number Three among the three classics although many also consider it Number Two.  I’ve generally gone with my Alaso oke – the weaver – at Iseyin for calls on Yoruba cloths […]

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