YORÙBÁ GESTURES

YORÙBÁ GESTURES

Traditional Yorùbá body language survived in the diaspora of slavery. Here is a small summary, taken from daily life in Yorùbáland in Benin and Nigeria. Anything seems familiar? ;-) 

Òrun Àiyé - The Orisha Animation Movie

Òrun Àiyé - The Orisha Animation Movie

This fascinating stop-motion movie tells the Yorùbá story of the world's creation. We spoke with the directors about Afro-Brazilian culture, the “Law 10.639” and the fight against racism.  

Historic Orisha Illustration

Historic Orisha Illustration

Read about the visual legacy of missionary book illustration from Yorùbáland and see how the image of Olorisha was shaped in the Western world. 

Yorùbá Melody Videos

Yorùbá Melody Videos

Listen to a series of short educational videos on the sound of Yorùbá language, including written translations into English.

Yoruba Apps for Kids

Yoruba Apps for Kids

We met Adébáyọ̀ Ìbídàpọ Adégbémbọ̀, founder of Genii Games, a Nigerian company that develops apps and cartoons to promote native African languages and stories. 

Ile Arira's cultural tours to Nigeria

Ile Arira's cultural tours to Nigeria

The Ilé Àrìrà offers cultural and historical tours to Yorùbáland. Ọyawùnmí Àjàlá is a member of a well-known Olórìṣà family from Òṣogbo. We spoke about traveling and Òrìṣà. 

Interview with Wolfgang Denk on Susanne Wenger

Interview with Wolfgang Denk on Susanne Wenger

Wolfgang Denk accompanied Susanne Wenger over decades. He curated exhibitions, published about her art and became an expert on Yorùbá life and close friend of the family. 

Review on Yoruba dictionaries

Review on Yoruba dictionaries

You are looking for a good Yoruba dictionary? Here you will find a review on 18 of them and some diaspora vocabulary books. Updated 2017.

Yoruba language courses

Yoruba language courses

An extensive book review on Yorùbá language courses availabe on the market today, for the Yorùbá students. Updated 2017.

Ola Balogun's Magic of Nigeria

Ola Balogun's Magic of Nigeria

Ọlá Balógun is one of the pioneers of Nigerian and Yorùbá filmmakers. Get to know his amazing work, dedicated to traditional culture in global modern life. 

Brazilian Umbanda and Orisha

Brazilian Umbanda and Orisha

Iyá Habiba de Oxum founded an Umbanda house in Europe. We spoke with her about Yoruba traditions and recent developments in this Afro-Brazilian religion. 

Cuban Orisha dance

Cuban Orisha dance

"Trance creatively reassures the vitality of death. One ritually dies into Orisha." - About the meaning behind the body movements of popular Cuban Orisha dances, from Elegba to Oya.

Lukumí and Yorùbá live video

Lukumí and Yorùbá live video

This video compares the pronunciation of Lukumí and Yorùbá Orisha vocabulary, translations into English and Spanish included. 

Communism and Yoruba culture

Communism and Yoruba culture

Read a summary about Afro-Cuban Yoruba identity, the role of folklore in the Communist Revolution and Orisha tourism in the Caribbean. 

The 19th Century Yoruba repatriation

The 19th Century Yoruba repatriation

In the 19th century freed slaves from Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone returned to Nigeria. It was the birth of the Yoruba nation and identity! Read about Nago and Lukumi in Lagos.

The exhibition 'Orixás' in Rio de Janeiro

The exhibition 'Orixás' in Rio de Janeiro

Yoruba Orisha culture plays an important role in the religious and artistic life in Brazil. An exhibition in Rio brings together contemporary art and tradition - para ficar odara! 

Interview with Yoruba writer Kola Tubosun

Interview with Yoruba writer Kola Tubosun

Nigerian linguist Kola Tubosun publishes on Yoruba culture and includes diaspora topics in his work. We spoke about Yoruba identity at home, abroad and in the world wide web.

Interview with Olorisha Nathan Lugo

Interview with Olorisha Nathan Lugo

Nathan Lugo is a practitioner of the West African Orisha tradition and has profound knowledge about the Yoruba and the diaspora. In this interview he shares his personal experiences with us. 

The Art of Oriki by Adunni's children

The Art of Oriki by Adunni's children

A fully translated soundfile of praise poems for Oshun, performed by the children of Adunni Olorisha, accompanied by bata-drummers! A powerful demonstration of Yoruba art.

In the studio with Akinjide Baruwa

In the studio with Akinjide Baruwa

We had a critical talk with an artist from Oshogbo about Nigerian art movements, academic education and his inspiration rooted in Yoruba traditions.