Yoruba Naming Ceremony

July 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm 3 comments

The naming ceremony is called ikomo ceremony in Yoruba language.
The ikomo is culturally held on the eighth day of the child’s life. On that day, the chosen names are revealed to family and guest present at the joyful occasion. There’s plenty to eat and drink and most importantly, prayers are offered on the child’s behalf.
Some key ingredients of the traditional ceremony are being ignored in recent times. In the authentic ceremony prayers are offered using certain items. These are clean water (omi), bitter kolanuts (orogbo), honey (oyin), sugar cane (1reke), salt (iyo), adun, dried fish (eja kika), alligateor pepper (atare). Here’s an example of the prayers made using the mentioned items:
Omi ko ni ota. Iwo omo yi. O ni n iota o! araye o ni se ota re.
Water does not have enemies. This child shall not have enemies. People of this world will not seek your down fall.

Oyin re o! Aye re yoo dun bi oyin
Behold honey! Your life shall be as sweet as honey

Ireke re o!Aye re yoo dun bi ireke
Behold sugarcane. Your life shall be as sweet as sugarcane

Obi yi a bi iku danu, a bi arun danu, a bi ejo danu fun e.
This kolanut shall avert death from you, avert illness, and avert lawsuits from you.

Iwo omo yi! Wa gbo, wa to, wa si se wo fun obi re
This child, just like orogbo you shall grow old and grey and live long enough for your family.

Aadun re! Aye re a ladun
This is Aadun, your life shall be sweet as Aadun

Aye re a ni iyo. Aye re ko ni di obu
Your life shall be salty; it shall not lose its taste. Your life shall not go rotten.

Omo yi, wa fi biro ka iwe. Wa si di Dokita, wa di Loya, wa di eni giga ati ojogbon.
This child will learn. He shall study to become a doctor, lawyer or a professor.

At the end of the ceremony money presents are made to the child. Many middle class parents use these monetary gifts to open the child’s first savings account.
Baptismal, dedication or consecration services may be held at a later date depending on the religious inclination of the family.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Orungba Alex Makinwa  |  January 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I am proud to be a Yoruba man.

  • 2. Orungba Alex Makinwa  |  January 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Yoruba is my language.

  • 3. Segun Alayo  |  June 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

    i would appreciate it more if all can be written in Yoruba language. good job.


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