Good Evening my Beautiful Mamas and Papas. Kudos forever to our Yoruba Mums for their undying love to us all. There’s a saying in Yoruba that Orisha bi Iya ko si meaning “There’s no Deity like a Mother”.

Greetings is the topic on my mind tonight. What is a Greeting? According to the Oxford Dictionary, Greeting is something that you say or do to Welcome Somebody.

In Yoruba Land, Greeting is more than just welcoming someone but it is a regular way to express warm affection and respect to one another. Greeting could be between Husband and Wife, Children and Parents, Siblings, Neighbours and Friends.

One must give it Yorubas as we love to greet with our ever ready smile……we will even greet you while eating “E wa Jeun” meaning “Come and Eat”. Certainly, there’s no formal greeting among my people 😊

The significant factor that makes Yoruba Greetings unique is that our Greetings comes with RESPECT.  A well Cultured Yoruba Boy will greet his Parents or an Elderly Person by prostrating on the Floor while the Girl will Kneel down…..that’s the Tradition imbibed in the Yoruba Culture. The Parents or the Elders will acknowledge the greetings also with a Warm responses such as “Pele Omoluwabi” meaning “Welcome my Dear Child”

Greeting in Yoruba

It must be emphasized that Respect is phenomenal in African Cultures not just the Yorubas. I recall while growing up in Lagos Island, many Yoruba Boys and Girls have been given “Iko” a knock on their heads for greeting their Elders improperly by standing up……..Who born you? 😊

The Yoruba greetings mostly start with the Word “E”  and examples are “E kale ” meaning “Good Evening”  or “E Pele” meaning “Sorry” or “E ku Ise”  The word “E” is symbolic with Respect in Addressing someone that is older than you.

You must give it to my People oh as we appreciate Respect and Honour in our Culture so much. I remember with fondness the good old Holiday Memories while visiting my Grandmother in Ikorodu. The Old Woman would start praising me with our Family “Oriki” after I, Adisa had prostrated to greet her. The Word “Oriki” in Yoruba is more of Praising the Family lineage……which is another unique Custom in our Culture.

Coming back now to the present modern age, I don’t know if it is my own observation oh, but it seems that our Greetings gesture of Old is dying as the Male Youths don’t Prostrate all the way anymore. They now do it with Psychedelic Style……bending half way 😊 while the Ladies will curtsey with style by bending a bit low instead of kneeling down 😁

On a serious note, I think this unique form of Greeting must not die as it is a significant aspect of our Culture all over Africa to express warm affection to one another. Some people reason in Yoruba Land that after God, comes your Parent!! So, won’t it be worthwhile to show some kind of respect in greeting your Parents. We owe it a duty to keep our Culture alive though our Greetings. I am Proud to be a Yoruba Grandpa and I do hope to Continue this Cultural legacy left behind by our Ancestors.

Good Night Folks and God bless each Household!

Adedoyin Adisa

 


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We Yoruba people have a saying, ‘ohun ti a nwà lo Sókótó o wa lapo Ṣòkòtò’. This means what you are looking for by travelling thousands of miles to the State (Sókótó) is actually in your trousers (Ṣòkòtò).

I remember growing up, my grandmother had the most gorgeous hair and glowing skin. She would always ask me to ‘mo ẹsẹ’ (massage her legs) with this mixture she made herself. It was a mix of ori and Adi Agbon. As a young child I detested this task and saw it as a chore! Especially because I hated the smell of that mixture. It was only in my early twenties that I found out that the ori that I detested so much back then is actually what I was buying for £10 a tub from The Body Shop. I had no idea that ori is Shea Butter and Adi Agbon is coconut oil!

I had been going to Sókótó to get what was actually in my Ṣòkòtò!

I’ve decided to start this new Ṣòkòtò Tips series on YorubaMums to unearth and present to you the products from Africa that we have under our noses which are not only excellent for our body physically but also mentally.

Today is all about hair and I’ll be sharing my top DIY Hair Conditioner.

My hair is natural because I like the texture of it in this state but it can get very frizzy and dry!

Frizzy hair

To combat this problem, here’s the DIY hair treatment I use.

Ingredients (Double up for longer hair):

  • 2  tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 1  tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoons of Adi Agbon (coconut oil) for thin hair, 1/2 tsp for thicker hair.
  • 1/4 teaspoons of Extra Virgin olive oil

Ingredients for Hair conditioner

Directions

  1. If your coconut oil is hard, go ahead and melt it down.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together;
  3. Work the mask into your hair, from the scalp to the ends;

Massage scalp with coconut oil

4. Wrap hair with cling film and leave for 20 mins – 1 hour.

Coconut oil hair treatment

5. Wash as normal, if you use a conditioner, just a small amount on the ends will do.

6. Style your beautiful soft hair as normal.

Beautiful soft hair

We do this this treatment once every two weeks to restore and maintain our hair.

Do you have any hair tips of your own? Please share.

I look forward to sharing more Ṣòkòtò Tips with you!