7 Most Fascinating Traditional African Baby Naming Ceremonies

Mark Babatunde October 13, 2016
Photo Credit: Hub Pages

Photo Credit: Hub Pages

Yoruba Naming Ceremony
Among the Yoruba of south west Nigeria, a child is named eight days after being born. The circumstances surrounding a child’s birth often influence which name is chosen. Names are typically picked by elders, although members of the community can also pay a token to choose a name for a child. The ceremony is presided over by an elder, who is often a grandparent of the child. Prayers are offered using traditional items like salt, water, palm oil, honey, kola nut, and dried fish.


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