This post is directed to all grooms getting married to a Yoruba bride or just getting married following the Yoruba traditional wedding customs. At every Yoruba traditional wedding, the groom’s family have a list of items they must bring with them to the bride’s family, a tradition that has to be followed. This items the groom’s family brings are shared among the bride’s relatives and family members alike. No matter where you are based or where the wedding is happening. The tradition is same every where in the world, as long as it’s a Yoruba traditional wedding and MUST be adhered to.
Photo Credit: Jide Odukoya Photography, Nigerian Wedding Photographer
Below are is the traditional Yoruba Engagement List:
1. Bride price: N5,000 This is usually returned to the groom’s family as the bride’s family claim they are not selling their child and will take her back if she was maltreated or not takin care of.
2. 1 bible/ Quran
3. Engagement ring
4. 1 box/ suitcase of clothes
6. Yams (42 big tubers)
7. Palm Oil and Vegetable Oil (25 Litres)
8. Honey (1 bottle)
9. Kolanut (Obi in yoruba language; 25 pieces)
10. Bitter kola (orogbo, in yoruba language)
11. Alligator pepper (42 pieces; Atare, in yoruba language))
12. Sugar cane
13. Maize/ corn Cake (Aadun, in yoruba language)
14. Fruits (different types)
15. Rice (1 bag)
17. Yoruba Traditional Cloth (Aso- Oke)
18. Salt (1 bag)
19. Bottled water
20. Wine (1 bottle)
21. Soft drinks
22. Owo Isigba (money to open the list of items that the groom brought)
23. Ijoko iyawo (money to bring in your bride)
24. Owo Iya Gbo(money to seek the bride’s mother’s consent)
The amount of money put in the last three varies, there’s no fixed amount.
And if, all this items can’t be sourced for one reason or the other, the groom is allowed to pay cash to cover for the costs of items that are not on the list. Please note, these are the basic requirements and different Yoruba villages may have. Slightly different list.
We hope this list helps? Remember, do what you can, discuss with your bride if you can’t afford all. I have seen traditional weddings with least items and it went well. Is your traditional wedding list different from the one above? What was added? What was not? Let us know…..
Check out our collection of “Eru Iyawo” packaging below. This is how the items listed above are presented during the Yoruba traditional wedding.