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Yoruba. Èdè Yorùbá; is a language spoken in West Africa, primarily in Southwestern and Central Nigeria. It is spoken by the ethnic Yoruba people. As a pluricentric language, it is primarily spoken in a dialectal area spanning Nigeria and Benin with smaller migrated communities in Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia. Yoruba vocabulary is also used in the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé, in the Caribbean religion of Santería in the form of the liturgical Lucumí language, and in various Afro-American religions of North America. Join us as we explore the Yoruba, tracing its origins and unraveling the linguistic influences that have shaped its uniqueness.
The Mythology of Twinhood in Yorubaland, Nigeria, is an important aspect of the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba believe in the concept of twinning and the special significance of twins in their culture, which is expressed in their art, songs, and religious beliefs. This mythology holds that twins are believed to be gifted with special powers and a unique connection to the divine, and they are often seen as symbols of good luck and prosperity. Hit the play button to listen, and do not forget to comment and share with friends.
From the bustling streets of Lagos to the markets of Abuja, Nigerian street food offers a delicious and diverse culinary experience that is steeped in culture and tradition. In this episode, we'll take a deep dive into the bold and spicy flavors of Nigerian Street Food and discover some of its most iconic ones, such as Akara, suya, and much more. So sit back, grab a snack, and get ready to satisfy your appetite for adventure on this journey through Nigerian street food. Listen. Enjoy. Share.
The Thrift (Ajo) System of Savings, also known as "Ajo" in Nigeria, is a traditional savings system that has been used by communities and families for generations. The system is based on the principle of regular, small contributions made by members into a collective pool, which is then used for investments or loans to members. The Ajo system operates on the principles of mutual support, trust, and cooperation, and it provides a way for people to save and access credit without relying on formal banking institutions. Listen to this episode as we share our views on this.
Yes! just recently UNESCO has officially settled the Jollof Rice Debate and officially recognizes Senegal as the birthplace of this West African Dish. The truth is we (Africans) always knew it was theirs first. But! that doesn’t mean it’s the tastiest. Hence the war is not over. In this episode, Jen, Pamela, and Adwao share their personal views on Jollof rice in their part of Africa while we discuss the differences and similarities between them all. Enjoy!
Did you know that “Kayanmata” originated from the Northern part of Nigeria? Kayanmata is a traditional cultural practice found among the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. Despite criticism from some modernizing groups, the practice of Kayanmata continues to be an important aspect of Hausa culture, reflecting their deep-seated beliefs about femininity, sexuality, and beauty. Hit the play button to listen as Mojisola gives us more insight.
The goddess Nana Buluku is an important figure in West African mythology, particularly in the spiritual beliefs of the Fon people of Benin and the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This ancient myth has been passed down from generation to generation, serving as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the Fon people shaping their beliefs and traditions. Interesting right? Listen to this episode as Florent takes us on this ride.
If you ask me I would say Jollof is sweet, and Egusi and pounded yam is probably the holy grail of Nigerian food. But that’s me and I’m Nigerian. Why don’t we hear Aikido's perspective on Nigerian food? You can call this the Nigerian Food Review. Listen, share and comment.
Yam festivals are unique to many African tribes, and each tribe has its distinct uniqueness. In this episode, Anita shares more insight and her experiences having witnessed the Iri-iji festival of Mbaise, Imo state. Hit play to listen.
Goddesses are known to be beautiful and powerful, is the Goddesses Anansa going to be any different? Listen now as Maryann shares more insight on the Calabar Goddess, Anansa.
Lavigne takes us on a cruise to Kenya, sharing all there is to know about Kenyan food. This episode will most likely get you hungry, better grab a pack of popcorn or better groundnut as you listen
Bayajidda is the mythological hero in the tale of the Hausa Kingdoms’ origin. The story has multiple versions, but that said, is Bayajida a myth or a legend? On this episode our guest; Shamsudeen gives us an interesting breakdown sharing the story of Bayajida.
What is land? Yes, simple question but very rarely asked and thought of, in most cases when we hear land all we see or can relate it to is wealth, money, and status. Well, you are not completely wrong, but then, the concept of land in itself is worth learning about. How land was seen in the precolonial times, what it meant and how that has affected its conceptualization in our present time. Imisi is not really a guest but then, this is going to be enlightening.
In this episode, Sesi and Haleemah speak to Mamokone about South African food.
For as long as I can remember, horror myths have always been a common thing in Nigerian boarding schools. No one can tell the originator of these myths but they may have started as rumors and over the years or maybe they are real myths. These myths have been told in different versions and it seems like every boarding school has a spectacular narration of each one of them. Listen to this interesting episode as our guests; Renny and Muminah share their experiences in boarding schools.
There is a major difference that lies between what Hoodoo defines, and what Voodoo defines. Voodoo is the religion, or belief system, Hoodoo, on the other hand, is the magic that has derived from the teachings of Voodoo, which was originally a part of Voodoo.
From Ewa Agoyin to Oloyin, to Moi Moi, Akara, Gbegiri and more. Take a look at why the Yoruba people explore different varieties of delicacies that can be gotten from Beans
African Festivals are celebrations of Africa's vast wealth and culture. Ever experienced an African festival or ritual before. Listen to Sesi and Haleemah talk about different festivals
Kintu is a mythological figure who appears in a creation myth of the Baganda people of Buganda, Uganda. According to this legend, Kintu was the first person on earth and the first man to wander the plains of Uganda alone.
Igbo cuisine is the various foods of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. There are many dishes that are common to the Igbos in particular. The core of Igbo food is its soups. Listen to our latest podcast and get ready to practice some of the tips we shared.
Once again, Sesi and Haleemah talk Africa. Today we take a look at the westernization of African Regions.
Anansi the trickster is a West African God. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the god of all knowledge of stories.
Listen to Sesi and Haleemah express their love and dislike for certain Nigerian foods while appreciating every effort used in bringing our delicacies to existence. What are your favourite meals? When was the first time you encountered them and how was the experience Why do some of your friends like certain dishes you dislike?
Listen to Sesi and Haleemah discuss the extent to which culture should be preserved.
In this episode, Sesi, Haleemah and Imisi discuss African folktales and folklore, their similarities and differences and adaptations in popular culture.
In this episode, Sesi and Haleemah speak to Yvette about Kenyan food and it's relationship with the African diaspora.
In this episode, Haleemah and Sesi talk about Yoruba historical figure, Queen Moremi and her impact.
The Hausa myth of Bayajida accounts for the origin of the Hausa. As a wanderer, he came to a place currently called Borno. He was noted for his intelligence and bravery to the extent that the king gave him his daughter’s hand in marriage.
In 1874,a German traveler, Karl Leche, sent a letter to newspapers across the United States and Europe. His letter gave vivid details of a tree he came across in Madagascar, an island on the east coast of Africa, and how that tree consumes humans, so much that the Mkodo tribe people made human sacrifices to said tree.
This fiction story is coined from a non-written tale of water beings, the unsure trait of treachery and wickedness they possess. And the possibility that a man could be sacred to Ngene.
Kano city, located in northern Nigeria, is one of the oldest and most significant cities in the country's history. Its socio-cultural identity has been shaped by a variety of factors, including its history, traditions, and myths.
Although African myths may be mysterious and sometimes illogical, judging them from a typical western standpoint is not right. This is because some scientific information could be gotten from the explanatory stories, origin stories and didactic stories which constitute thesemyths. African myths embody the multifaceted African thought systems which are transmitted in ritual practice, with manifestations in the form of African spirituality.
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