Reno Omokri, a well-known novelist and sociopolitical analyst, recently posted an insightful message on his verified Facebook page criticizing the use of the term “Yoruba” to refer to the people of Southwest Nigeria. The title goes as follows: “Reno Omokri Unveils Historical Origins, Challenges Use of ‘Yoruba’ Identity.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
Omokri delves into historical nuances, asserting that the term “Yoruba” was manufactured by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther during the 19th century, aiming to provide the British with a cohesive identity for the diverse ethnic groups in what is now known as the Southwest. He argues that before British influence, the people self-identified by distinct ethnic names such as Egba, Owu, Oyo, and others.
According to Omokri, the original name of the people is Edekiri, with a self-reference of Omo-ti-Olu-Iwa-bi, later corrupted to Omoluabi, and the language identified as Lukumi. He highlights that the modern usage of “Yoruba” as a collective term was formed in 19th-century Lagos, amalgamating various Lukumi dialects.
Omokri emphasizes the potential disconnect caused by using “Yoruba,” suggesting that it cuts off individuals from their fellow Lukumi. He draws attention to the common use of “Olu” as a prefix in Lukumi names across various regions and countries, promoting a shared cultural and linguistic heritage.
Furthermore, Omokri touches on the significance of the term “Ifa” as a preface in Lukumi names, associated with the deity Ifa. He explains that names beginning with “Fa” are expressions of praise for Ifa, and they convey meanings related to the deity.
The post invites readers to reconsider the historical context of the term “Yoruba” and its potential impact on identity and unity among the Lukumi people. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>