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Efe ('Joker' Headdress)

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The Efe ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the Gelede festival across western Yorubaland including the villages and cities Ketu, Egbado, Ohori, Anago and Awori. Before the Gelede festival takes place in the...


Ade Oba (King’s Crown)

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It is believed amongst the Yoruba that the ruling leader, the Oba (king), provides a link between his people, the ancestors and the gods. The Yoruba also believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life...


Ade Oba (King's Crown)

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It is believed amongst the Yoruba that the ruling leader, the Oba (king), provides a link between his people, the ancestors and the gods. The Yoruba also believe that an individual’s character, behaviour and ultimate life...


Olumeye (Offering Bowl)

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Found predominantly in the towns of Ekiti and Igbomina, kneeling female figure bowls known as olumeye (meaning ‘one who brings/knows honour and respect’) are used by chiefs and kings (Oba) to present kola nut (obi)...


Opa Orere (Herbalist's Staff)

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The opa osun (also called opa orere or opa osungaga) is used by Yoruba babalawos (diviners) as a symbol of office but also as an altar to the divination god Orunmila (also called Ifa, ‘the grand priest and custodian of...


Odigba Ifa (Divination Necklace)

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The Yoruba typically turn to a babalawo (diviner) when seeking advice or faced with an illness. The necklace for Ifa (odigba ifa; Ifa is ‘the grand priest and custodian of the Ifa Oracle’, i.e. the Orisha of...