Child Naming Ceremony Among The Yoruba's

The arrival of a new baby into s family among the Yoruba's is usually greeted with joy. The reason is that the Yoruba people believe that the family which has the new born baby is expanding and prosperous. They regard the gift as a child from Oduduwa, but their progenitor, as a mark of the fact that the family is not forgotten by its forefathers. 

Immediately a child is born, a message is sent to all the relatives who are around in the village or town and to those who have gone to farm to come home for the naming ceremony of the baby. The reason for this is that the Yoruba people believe that a man has nine bones while a woman has eight. So, those relations at home and those in the farm know the day a new born baby will be named due to the sex of the new born baby.

Before the naming commences, the baby must have being bathed very early in the morning by the wives of the members of the family. The baby is carried to the house of the head of the wives of the family who is usually the oldest among the wives. She is to carry the baby to the house of the head of the family for the naming ceremony and while the ceremony lasts, she is the one to carry the baby before handing him over to his mother after the ceremony.

During the naming ceremony, a lot of prayer are offered for the new baby using the following items: orogbo (bitter cola), sugar, honey, sugarcane and palm oil. These items must be presented by the father of the baby and they are in praying for the baby. The items are taken one after the other with a little bit of each put in the mouth of the baby which people attending the ceremony will eat the rest, with the parts remaining to be offered at the family shrine.

The naming ceremony is not complete without taking the baby to the family shrine. The baby is given to the head of the family who is also the custodian of the family shrine for the remaining part of the ceremony. He would carry the baby to the shrinr, offer him to the idols for guidance throughout his life and use the remaining items to appease the god abfy offer prayer. If the baby comes from the family of those with tribal mark, he is branded with his family's tribal mark.

After this, the baby I'd then handed over to the eldest wife of the family amidst singing and dancing. At the end of the ceremony, the child is handed over to his mother.

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  • Naming ceremony among Yoruba is a very good thing to experience..they show all they got to make the family happy and you will see unity among the families even if it's only for that day

    - Lawal Ajibola - 2019-10-04 18:48:41 Quote

  • They yorubas as a tribe are known for ceremonies so naming ceremony notwithstanding as it is practiced in Yoruba land. The yorubas as I know them can sacrifice anything just to celebrate the naming ceremony of th their chil. Actually it is a very good practice as they child will be blessed by many attendees of the naming ceremony. 

    - Joel Mejida - 2019-10-04 19:17:58 Quote

  • You are very right.but they do not practise it anymore,those are Yoruba donkey days rare to find it nowadays.people call their pastor,and imam to lead the naming ceremony

    - Miftaudeen Hamdalat Opeyemi - 2019-10-04 19:32:48 Quote

  • You are very right.but they do not practise it anymore,those are Yoruba donkey days rare to find it nowadays.people call their pastor,and imam to lead the naming ceremony

    - Miftaudeen Hamdalat Opeyemi - 2019-10-04 19:32:48 Quote

  • Am proud of my tribe(Yoruba),full of traditions,best Costom and values.naming ceremony is very important and joyous thing in Yoruba.

    Among things they use for name are :






    - Ozidiah Isaac - 2019-10-04 19:33:33 Quote

  • Naming ceremony is an important part of the yoruba culture,but in these modern age,there is nothing like using all those aboved mention items to pray for child again because religion has taken over our culture.

    - Toheeb Atanda - 2019-10-04 19:36:40 Quote

  • Very true. Naming a child is an important part of Yoruba culture but these days stuff like this isn't practiced anymore. No more family shrine, it's not everyone that involves the olori ebi which means head if the family, some don't even have an olorun ebi. Civilization is taking place.

    - Babatunde Wuraola - 2019-10-04 19:41:29 Quote

  • What a nice culture the Yorubas practice. But i think some of the activities they carry out during the Child ceremony like taking the child to shrine and issueing of tribal marks are now archaic,and not accepted anymore in the present comunity.

    - Samuel Chidobi - 2019-10-04 19:47:55 Quote

  •  I will say this method of naming ceremony is olden days method, thou there might be some families that still practice it but 90percent of yorubas does not name baby in that menthod again. 

    - Sayaolu Remilekun - 2019-10-04 19:52:07 Quote

  • Naming ceremony is a very important thing which the yorubas celebrate very well. Once a child is been given birth to the whole family will be full of joy then for the name you will start seeing everybody will start bringing his/her own idea especially the grand mother or grand dad... Though its an old method nowadays things have change

    - Wilfred Ogidan - 2019-10-04 19:58:42 Quote

  • The Yoruba as a tribe is a good tribe through out the country, which is Nigeria. Yoruba can be found in some state such as Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Ekiti. Some can also be found in Kwara. Yoruba have some characteristics which other tribe doesn't have. Like wise. If Yoruba man want to wed, he will go and Prostrate at his wife house. Begging them to give him there Daughter. After wedding, when the Couples receive child from God. On the naming ceremony they are going to take food to the mother's of the baby's family house. That is when I know Yoruba value there in-law

    - Oyekola Olamide - 2019-10-04 20:05:34 Quote

  • I'll say in this 21st century, every parents have there own beliefs and there own idea of celebrating the birth of a child, but it's good we know how it's been done before just to know how much things have changed

    - Oluwatobiloba Peter - 2019-10-04 20:08:20 Quote

  • I was opportune to attend one Yoruba of my neighbor child naming ceremony and t was one of my best experience. Yoruba people can wow other tribe with their cultures.

    - Miracle Nwanja - 2019-10-04 20:08:32 Quote

  • Naming ceremony in Yoruba land i can say is one of the best in Nigeria cos the way is been celebrated and how both family and friends come together to celebrate and rejoice with the celebrant.

    - RASHEED ADEBISI USMAN - 2019-10-04 20:12:27 Quote

  • The yoruba are so much into celebrations and this child naming is one of the very nice ceremonies they do some after the 7th day of child birth, have witnessed some and I love it every new child is a blessing to every home so celebrating them and thanking God for them is essential 

    - COURAGE AGBONS - 2019-10-04 20:42:28 Quote

  • Naming ceremony in Yoruba land is one of the essential aspect of their culture,  they use that to show their joy of the new baby,  they observe many traditions during the ceremony,  such as; sharing of kolanut,  taste of honey which is followed by prayers to the child. 

    - Ahmed Abdulganiyu Ayinde - 2019-10-04 20:43:55 Quote

  • It is really interesting to see the Yoruba celebrating their rights towards child naming ceremony, but the igbos will not gold theirs hands and watch them doing their thing we must talk o 

    In Igbo culture, the naming ceremony of a child is often referred to as “ ikuputanwa or igu nwa’ aha ” and this marks the formal presentation of the child to his people, which comprises of his kinsmen,family, friends, well-wishers and the entire community at large. This event is normally done to fulfill the social- religious obligations, that are believed to become activated when a child is born, as well as to thank God for the safe delivery of the child and to ask him to guide the child, as he embarks on a journey through the earth. In traditional Igbo life, there is a lot in a name. The name is more than just a tag; it’s more of an identity. An Igbo name always bears a message, a meaning i.e. like my own name Somtochukwu which simply means(follow me and praise God).

    - Okoro chidiebere Henry - 2019-10-04 20:47:12 Quote

  • Yoruba is one of the most respectful culture on heart which am proud of... 

    When it comes to naming ceremonies in the Yoruba tribe,  information are usually passes through all relatives and they buy some things to welcome those that visit them as well

    - Rahman Ayobami - 2019-10-04 20:47:29 Quote

  • It's quite sad how we've forgotten or should I say neglected this naming ceremony rites. The immersion of foreign faiths and beliefs now make us see these rites as, Taboo or sins or even diabolical. Early this year, talking with my paternal grandmother, I got to learn that in my father's family, there's a god that the newly born baby is taken to to check the baby's fate/destiny and also to know the baby's Taboo. It's so sad. Thanks for this expository. 

    - Damilola Olayemi - 2019-10-04 20:51:00 Quote

  • Mind you, this does not only occur among Yoruba's

    Naming ceremony in most of the ethnic group in Nigeria is a well celebrated ceremony in which the people of that community, friends and relative rejoice and celebrate with the child's parents on the arrival of the new born baby, its a thing of joy and happiness and in most cases, friends and well wishers are been entertained and served with food and drinks as part of the celebration..... Its indeed celebrated among a lot of ethnic group in Nigeria

    - Osas Nice - 2019-10-04 20:54:15 Quote

  • I'm not sure this practice is still common among the Yorubas nowadays. Some traditional parts of the ceremony has been checked out of the list and is replaced by religious ones.

    - Daniel Edet - 2019-10-04 20:54:20 Quote

  • The practice of naming ceremony is really nice and an opportunity for family and friends to gather and rejoice. Its nice when the baby is named by important family members. 

    - Mofolu Ayo - 2019-10-04 20:55:01 Quote

  • Alot of Yoruba traditions are very funful and colorful. They are exmaples of how everyone is involved in a process. But I think evolution and modern age is catching up with all these. Some of these traditions are being dropped from generation to generation. I just hope that they are being documented for the future generation to read, learn and enjoy.

    - Oluwaseyi Oyedokun - 2019-10-04 20:56:38 Quote

  • The Yoruba are known for celebrating ceremonies quite well and the naming ceremony is part of it. Though this method is outdated as we are more advanced but it is a sign to show that our culture,valves and tradition are not outdated and the names given to the child also is of an important significance.

    - Ayelaje Glory - 2019-10-04 20:58:35 Quote

  • The Yoruba's are simply just regal people by blood. It's a shame western influence has pushed these practices back to the good old days and people just don't live close to their extended families. The times we live in

    - David Nwadiuto - 2019-10-04 20:59:15 Quote

  • Naming ceremony in yoruba land is always memorable even their wedding ceremony.But unfortunately nowadays it's very rare before you see people celebrating their naming ceremony in a strict Yoruba way again.cevilisation have taken over

    - Oloyede olamilekan Michael - 2019-10-04 21:00:12 Quote

  • The Yoruba are known for celebrating ceremonies quite well and the naming ceremony is part of it. Though this method is outdated as we are more advanced but it is a sign to show that our culture,valves and tradition are not outdated and the names given to the child also is of an important significance.

    - Ayelaje Glory - 2019-10-04 21:01:27 Quote

  • As we all know yoruba did not joke about naming ceremony, after a child is given birth too, They will call on the family members and plan for the naming ceremony. But nowadays child are not taking to the shrine during the naming ceremony session. 

    - Rufai oluwatimilehin Ayomide - 2019-10-04 21:05:07 Quote

  • I really love the way the yoruba's unite together especially coming to celebrate each. Well they were well known for ceremonies at most cases, i enjoy their togetherness all time.

    - Aniagbasi Stanley - 2019-10-04 21:10:22 Quote

  • You can't compare any Yoruba ceremony to others because we Yoruba's are unique that's why our culture is very different from others..and for the naming ceremony the Yoruba naming ceremonies is most interesting out of all

    - Bolaji Ojebode - 2019-10-04 21:17:44 Quote

  • It is quite sad seeing the Yoruba culture going into extinction because religion has taken over our culture and it is disheartening to see it going that way ..... Naming ceremonies in the Yoruba land are no longer done using salt, bitter kola, etc but now done in the religious way

    - Akingbade Roqeeb - 2019-10-04 21:18:30 Quote

  • Traditional naming ceremony is one of the most valuable ceremony among Yoruba's. In this type of program the elders present will use sugar cane, honey, salt, palm oil, kolanut, water etc one by one to pray for the new born baby on the eight day. But nowadays, all our adopted religion go against it, We are totallty neglected our culture which teach moral and lesson.

    - KEHINDE OLUWAGBEMIGA ADEGBOYEGA - 2019-10-04 21:19:17 Quote

  • The act of naming a child Is called naming ceremony, whereby the family members appear and give name to the new baby and pray for the child to have a greater future than the parent. 

    - Adegboye Moyinoluwa - 2019-10-04 21:25:46 Quote

  • Naming ceremony among the Yoruba's is one of the best way to call friends, family and relatives and together in other thank God for the birth of the new baby and to have nice time together.

    - Bashir Toheeb Ibidapo - 2019-10-04 21:31:18 Quote

  • The naming ceremony is one ceremony that the yoruba take very serious and attached great importance to, which is why i like the yoruba naming ceremony. in the ceremony they ensure that child is blessed, the most important is that every member of the family gets the chance to name the baby 

    - Erastus Omonigho - 2019-10-04 21:33:09 Quote

  • Yoruba event is one of my favourite event to attend when ever am invited.  Enough of food to eat, drinks meat. And more over you must definitely be entertained.  I thing i love the most about yoruba is no matter what or where or how far they've gone, they will always practice their culture.

    - Yusuf Binuwa - 2019-10-04 21:38:56 Quote

  • You are really right but happened long time ago, Yoruba naming ceremony is awesome enough food and drinks, and music and dancing, the joy of it is that the every members of the families will come and celebrate the pastor or lmam is call to pray in the occasion.

    - Austin Chinedu - 2019-10-04 21:51:19 Quote

  • My very best Yoruba ceremony I love attending

    There is this sense of pleasure it gives me especially when I take Jollof at the party

    Honestly I didn't really go to it for the child

    My bad

    - Arowosegbe Oluwatoiloba - 2019-10-04 21:51:27 Quote

  • The Yoruba tribe is known for celebrating their ceremonies in glamorous manners and the child naming ceremony is not in any way an exception. I really like this writeup as it us an expository narration of the ancient traditional method of celebrating naming ceremonies among the Yoruba's.

    - Ndukwe Ikechukwu - 2019-10-04 22:04:39 Quote

  • I love the yoruba's because they always have a unique way of doing things. The naming ceremony will also bring out sewing of Ashebi. Yoruba women don't joke with that.

    - Benjamin Ozulonye - 2019-10-04 22:10:36 Quote

  • Wow! That's is really interesting ,knowledge they say is power today is my first time to hear things like this concerning the the child naming ceremony of the yurobas unlike my place where even the mother of the child can just choose one name and give it to the child and that becomes his or her without consulting anybody,infact yuroba tradition very interesting.

    - EZE OGOBUCHI EBI - 2019-10-04 22:38:00 Quote

  • It's a great thing of joy in any part of the world where a child(ren) is/are born. Every tribe have there own special of celebrating the entrance of a child in the family. The best thing to do is just to celebrate with the celebrant

    - NDU-ELUWA CHIMELA - 2019-10-05 16:56:06 Quote

  • The birth of a child, anywhere in the world always brings happiness and joy to the family. Every ethnic group has its own way, of celebrating the naming ceremony of the child. But mostly part of this traditions are now archaic and no longer performed in the naming ceremony.

    - Onekeneke prince - 2019-10-05 22:50:38 Quote

  • Naming ceremony among Yoruba is set up to be a ceremonial moment for the new born baby life start up blessing

    The ceremony is the moment where the baby is dedicate to God with real blessing from parent and other man of God. This prayer during naming ceremony is essential for new born baby to start up his/her life for better future

    - Oretan Ayomipo Micheal - 2019-10-06 00:31:22 Quote

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