Phenomenon Things About The ‘YORUBAS’
though short in soup, yet they are well respected for one thing…. Respect!
thing about the people from this part of the world is greeting! Yorubas has got
vocabulary greetings for everything, and every situation whatsoever….
of such greetings with the prefix of ‘eku-‘
ode – when you’re greeting someone who just got back from an outing…
eto – when you’re greeting someone who is anchoring a programme.
alejo – when you’re greeting someone who have/had a visitor
ijoko – when you’re greeting someone who is sitting down
Iduro – when you’re greeting someone who is standing.
odun – happy celebration
Aseyori – when you’re greeting someone who just succeeded or accomplished
ijo – greeting someone that is dancing.
idaraya – when you’re commending someone who is trying to cheer up.
Eku ere – when you’re greeting someone
that is playing or acting.
Eku aro – good morning.
Eku osan – good afternoon
Eku irole – good evening.
Eku igbale – thanks for your
Eku Ise – well done
Eku ile – when you’re greeting
someone you met at home
Eku ile baami
Eku orun – when the sun is shining
too much, that’s what you greet people you see on the street.
Eku ojo – when the rain is falling.
Eku Oye – greeting during Harmattan.
Eku iwasun – happy preaching.
Eku ikore – happy harvest
Eku aseyinde – when you’re greeting
Eku ojo meta – when you’re greeting
someone you’ve not seen for a long time.
Eku orire – congratulations on your
Eku inawo – when you’re greeting
someone who just had a celebration/ceremony.
Eku idide – thanks for your support.
Eku opin ose – happy weekend.
Eku idibo – happy voting
Eku irin ajo – when you’re greeting
someone who just got from a long trip.
Eku ipade – when you’re greeting
people who just had/having a meeting.
Eku igbeyawo – when you’re greeting
couples who just got married.
Eku isin – happy service (church)
Eku rogbotiyan – when you’re
greeting someone during a chaotic atmosphere in a country/community.
Eku ikomo – happy christening (child
Eku isile – congratulating for an
Eku idagba soke – congratulations on
the development and growth.
Eku Isegun/Ibori – congratulations
on your victory.
Eku odun – happy new year
Eku keresimesi – merry Christmas.
Eku orun : when you’re greeting
someone who has been sleeping.
Eku ayeye – when you’re greeting
someone for a ceremony/celebration in a gathering.
Eku ijakule – greeting someone who
has been disappointed.
Eku itoju – thank you for taking
care of someone.
Eku ife – thank you for loving/love
Eku ipalemo – when you’re greeting
someone who is preparing for a celebration/ceremony or planning something.
Eku isinku – greeting during a
Eku ajosepo – commending an
Eku ikole – greeting someone who is
building his house.
Eku ewu omo – greeting someone who
just delivered safely…..
if we don’t have a greeting for EVERYTHING in this world? Lolzzzzzz..
tell me eku erin (cos I’m laughing) and I’ll respond by saying Eku airerin (for
kika… (well done for reading). Lolzzz!
About The Author: Adeshile Adekolajo
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