Song: Osuba re re o /2ce
Oba ta o ri, ta n ri ise owo re…
O di teere, o dile Jesu Kristi Oba
Oba akoda aye, Oba aseda orun
Oba to ni ki bebe o maa be,Oba to ni ki wawa o wa
Aleda, Ameda, Apeda…There is an intrinsic aspect of the Yoruba traditional ceremonies that we are also going to see. It is one of the major dances of the Yoruba people; a dance characterized by loud drumming, energetic punctuated dances and of course acrobatic displays. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome to the stage the Lifeforte Junior School pupils as they present the Bata dance. The beautifully ladies below are known in Yoruba culture as “EMEWA IYAWO” – the Bride’s maids. As you can see, each of them is beautifully adorned in expensive beads to show that the lady they are accompanying to her husband’s house is royalty.
The first maiden here is carrying a calabash of fruits. Here is another beautiful maiden on whose shoulder is the OJA ODUN- which is believed to have medicinal power to cure all ailments that a baby may have as soon as it is strapped on. It doesn’t wear out; no matter the number of children a woman may wish to have. The IGBA OSUN on her right hand contains Osun, which is a traditional medicated powder for babies. These three signify fruitfulness. So, we speak fruitfulness into this home in Jesus name. This union shall produce great and wonderful children…
Song: Omo lo o fi gbe, Itunuoluwa
Omo lo o fi gbe , Oja Odun
Ti mama fun e, Omo lo o fi gbe
Owo osun, ti Baba fun e
Omo lo o fig be…
ADOGAN is an earthenware fire-pot or indigenous stove of the Yorubas. An Adogan has a flat bottom and an out-turned rim with three decorated lugs to support the cooking pot. A U-shaped hole is cut in one side to allow air to enter, and through which firewood is inserted. OGUSO on the other hand is used to light fire in ancient Yoruba culture. These are the items displayed by the second maiden here. These items signify the security of a woman in her husband’s house; which means that her place in her husband’s house will be secured and cannot be contended with her by any other woman.[/one_half]
ALAARI and SANYAN are worn only by the rich and royalty in ancient Yoruba culture. They are the most expensive clothes worn by anyone in those days. And these are the items paraded by this beautiful maiden. This signifies that the bride will forever enjoy covering.
The fourth maiden over there is carrying BEMBE and GBANGUDU on her right and left hands respectively. Bembe is usually round in shape, while Gbangudu comes in rectangular shape, but they both come in different sizes. These are boxes usually given to a bride by her mother for her to keep her belongings. It is what we now represent in modern traditional wedding ceremonies with briefcase or box.
The earthen pot carried by the next maiden is known as ISAASUNin Yorubaland. It is used to prepare and preserve soup. Any soup in it does not get cold easily. You can liken it to a warmer. The wooden spoon in her hand is called, IPON,which is used to serve soup from the isaasun.
AMU is the large earthen container used to store drinking water in ancient Yorubaland. A wife is expected to keep her own AMUN at any corner in her husband’s house, with an IKEEMU (used to fetch water from the container) placed on it. The water in AMU is always cold, even hot weather. This signifies that only her husband will fetch water from her well. Indirectly, her husband will not share her with another man. It also means that their home will forever be peaceful.
Finally, the maiden at the extreme end has red and blue beads on her right hand. The red one is called IYUN, while the blue is SEGI. These are very expensive beads because they are royal beads. The small box on her left hand is called, SUKU. It is a jewelry box.
So, ladies and gentlemen, this is a colourful display of the breathtaking grandeur of the Yoruba culture.