Monday 30 November 2015


  • If you rattle a snake, you should be prepared to be bitten by it.
  • The thing that will hurt you will always keep on coming back even if you try to avoid it.
  • A child who says the mouth of an elder smells beckons to his or her untimely death.
  • Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem.
  • The frown on the face of the goat will not stop it from being taken to the market.
  • Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.
  • The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook.
  • A bug grows up in the dry wood, and yet it comes to maturity.
  • If you have no teeth, do not break to clay cooking pot.
  • One who enters the forest does not listen to the breaking of the twigs in the bush.
•Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2015

Saturday 28 November 2015


Every living thing that has enjoyed life will eventually taste death one day because death is inevitable. In as much as all living things shall from birth age till one day that their bodies will become frail, it simply means that expiration will come to their bodies one day and they will be no more. What am I really saying? Every human being should take cognisance of the fact that the journey to the great beyond is much faster than the journey to our existence. 

The perceived death is not just one evil spirit striking people dead when their time comes but having so many agents to do his biddings for him. There is death in everything that the Supreme being has created for our existence, how much more the things we have invented by ourselves. Death is on the land, in the water, in the air and in the fire. 

There is one saying from the Yoruba people that buttresses this point: The cliche says that the death of a hunter is in his pouch while the death of a farmer is on the mound. The death that we kill everyone of us is with us and we are sleeping and waking up with it everyday unknowingly. Sometimes, sickness may not lead to death because somebody being sick for years that people have given up hope on will suddenly get back on his or her feet and stay alive while somebody else without being sick at all will just drop dead to the amazement of all. 

A man was once appeared to in his dreams by the spirit of death that he was coming to kill him in seven days time. The man quickly left his village and ran off to another very far village miles away from the present one believing that the spirit of death could not reach him there. He thought he had conquered death until on the seventh day while working on the farm that the spirit of death appeared to him and struck him to death. 

This simply means that nobody can run away from death because if you try to avoid death once your time is up here, the spirit of death will come and meet you by himself. Death is the transition from this physical plane called earth to the spiritual plane called heaven where the judgement of all our activities are looked into. 

Each time that the spirit of death strikes any living thing when the time is up here on earth, he is just carrying out the assignment given to him by the Supreme being. Since death is the transition of someone from one position to another one, what are you doing here on earth to afford you a good place in the heaven when the death comes calling. 

The attitude of some people will earn them coming back as different animals to this sinful world while some people will make it back as human beings to the world. Death is to go back to the Supreme being and account for all our deeds either good or bad here on earth.

© Olalekan Oduntan 2014.


It is only the male elephant that can save another one from the pit.

•A deaf ear is followed by death and an ear that listens is followed by blessings.

•A stubborn person sails in a clay boat.

•A tree is known by its fruits.

•The water pot presses upon the small circular pad.

•When God cooks, you don't see smoke.

•Do not be a miser who saves for those who will bury him.

•A married couple is neither enemies nor friends.

•Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.

•The one who fetches the water is the one who is likely to break the pot.

•Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2015

Friday 27 November 2015


Ginger or Zingiber Officinale is another gift to man that fights so many health related problems. The Rhizome is used in cooking our soup and its many health benefits to human are numerous. Belonging to the family of Zingiberaceae, Ginger or Zingiber Officinale, if boiled with water and taken or eaten raw like that takes care of our body and makes us have a healthy life. Constant cold can be taken care of by eating Rhizome of Zingiber Officinale regularly. And it also takes care of ailments such as cough and asthmatic conditions. It also acts as stimulant to make us eat very well. It takes care of rheumatism and chronic piles in human beings. Ginger cures other health problems like hepatitis, liver diseases, obesity and typhoid fever. It also fights diseases like malaria and digestive disorders in human beings. Whichever way we look at it, the health benefits of Ginger or Zingiber Officinale to man are unimaginable and if taken regularly either in cooking our foods or chewed and swallowed with water, the health of human beings is the better for it in the end.

Thursday 26 November 2015


This group had some theatrical stage performances at then French cultural center along Kingsway Road Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria and the German Cultural Center in Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria in 1993. The presentation of the collection of poems by Theo Alfred, a Ghanaian poet was sponsored by the two above named cultural centers. And the stage show was entitled ODE TO FREEDOM AND JOY which was a total theatrical experience involving acting, music and dance. The musical play had late Akwete Walas, Daniel Koranteng Crentsil, Olalekan Oduntan, Israel, Femi Crentsil, Blessing Crentsil and Gift Walas. 

I was the xylophonist for the production while Daniel Crentsil was on the conga. Late Akwete Walas was on the acoustic lead guitar while Israel played the bass guitar for the production. The poet of the day rendering so many stanzas from his book of the collection of poems which were being accompanied with good music to the delight of the wonderful audience was Theo Alfred. The dancers of the day were those three children in the picture who are all adult today, and they were Blessing Crentsil, Femi Crentsil and Gift Walas. 

And we had a week long of performances on stage at the French cultural center Ikoyi and German cultural center in Victoria Island back then. Our performances were very successful theatrically as we had enough people in the audience yearning for more shows. The book ODE TO FREEDOM AND JOY was also supported by the Association of West Africa Young Writers situated at Apapa Road Lagos, Nigeria then.

Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan

Wednesday 25 November 2015


•Smooth sea does not make skillful sailors.

•Life is a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by and is no more.

•When one is in trouble, one remembers God.

•An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

•A big fish is caught with a big bait.

•Once an opportunity is lost can not be regained.

•Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.

•A woman lacks good character but yet complains of no good suitor.

•A proverb is the horse that can carry one swiftly to the discovery of ideas.

•When the leaf falls to the ground, the leaf gets the blame.

•BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015


Remembering so many wonderful performances and events associated with this picture many years ago is a beautiful experience that made me put up this write up concerning it. Precisely about seventeen years ago when I released an album out entitled "Let Us Dance". The group was performing musically everywhere then, and we were musically strong together because the best percussionists and drummers were with us. I had people like the late Ayantunji Amoo who was an ethnomusicologist and who was also a seasoned talking drummer as my lead talking drummer in the group. Ayantunji Amoo was the best drummer in the country as at that time. He was all rounder in the business of the Performing Arts. 

He was an actor, a performer and versatile drummer who could handle so many kinds of drums. Late Ayantunji Amoo started his theatrical career with Ori Olokun Performing Group in those days as a talking drummer. He was in that group doing shows everywhere with the veteran actors like Chief Peter Fatomilola, Dr. Kola Oyewo and Late Laide Adewale. Late Ayan Amoo was also a leading talking drummer in Late Duro Ladipo Theatre Group that travelled to so many European countries to perform the stage play entitled Obakoso in those days. He was awarded Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.) by the Queen Elizabeth l l. After the tour, he came back and joined the then Center for cultural studies, University of Lagos (now Creative Arts department) as a senior cultural officer. 

The department had a Performing Troupe which he travelled to so many countries with locally and internationally. And after retiring as a senior cultural officer at the University of Lagos, late Ayan Amoo took part in Tunde Kelani's film called Saworo Ide which he played a leading character called Ayan Aganlu. He was an active member of my group called The African Percussionists (TAP) and we did so much together musically back then. So, my tributes to this legend who passed away many years ago. Late Ayantunji Amoo was a legend in the performing Arts world. 

Another important drummer in the group is the lead Bata drums player in person of Taye while late Busari Agbolade played the Omele Bata Meta for the group. Amos Oguntokun played the Dundun back up for the group while Abideen Amoo also played the big maracas for the group. The last but not the least in the group is Moshood Amoo who played the base drum for the group. We did so many shows together back then and we also did some sound tracks for films and documentaries.

Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2015


Yoruba people call it Ewuro but its botanical name is called Veronia Amygdalina belonging to the family of Asteraceae in the plant world. The leaves, stem and root of Veronia Amygdalina are all useful because they all serve the same purpose regarding the health of human beings. The leaves are cooked with other ingredients to make soup, and the soup can be eaten with Rice or other solid foods like Eba or Amala. Aside from using the leaves to cook our soup, they also serve as cures to some health related problems affecting mankind. For example, the leaves can be squeezed with water to get the juice out while the juice can be taken to cure the problem of stomach ache. Likewise, the stem can be chewed to put an end to problems of tooth ache and lack of appetite. The leaves of Vernonia Amygdalina can cure measles in children and adult and they can as well give cures effectively to health related diseases like ringworm, gingivitis and diabetes. Although, very bitter in the mouth when it is taken but the effectiveness of its cure inside our stomach is unimaginable because after the bitterness comes the soothing sweetness.

Friday 20 November 2015


•The tears running down your face do not blind you.

•Water that has been begged for does not quench the thirst.

•Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth.

•A dog which refuses a bone is not alive.

•Do not scare the birds you are going to shoot.

•He is a fool whose sheep runs away twice.

•No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

•The moon moves slowly but it crosses the town.

•A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread.

•Love is like a baby, it needs to be treated tenderly.

•Copyrights © OLALEKAN ODUNTAN 2015


The bulb of Ayu or Allium Sativum which belongs to the family of Liliaceae is very effective in fighting health related problems in human. Some people cook the flesh in the bulb with their soup while some prefer to chew it every morning to have easy metabolism of the body system. Allium Sativum fights bacteria related diseases in our body and if chewed regularly everyday without minding the effect of its odour in the mouth takes care of a lot of diseases in our body. Ayu which the botanical name is Allium Sativum and Alubosa elewe which has its own botanical name as Allium Ascalonicum belong to same family of Liliaceae. And they are both bacteria fighting plants in human body. Allium Sativum fights health related problems like fever, cough, asthma, diuretic, malaria and hypertension. The bulb can be soaked in the ordinary water for drinking and they can be boiled for drinking as well to serve the same purpose in human body. But conclusively, it should be noted that the bulb of Allium Sativum is antibiotic to human body which can fight various health related problems or diseases in the body.

Thursday 19 November 2015


UGWU is a wonderful vegetable plant and its botanical name is called Telfaria Occidentalis which belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. The edible leaves are prepared as vegetable soup to eat with rice, beans or solid foods like Eba, Amala or pounded yam. Telfaria Occidentalis leaves are highly medicinal and they are a very good source of blood tonic to human body. They can be squeezed to get the juice out to cure blood related problems in children and adults. The leaves also take care of health problems like convulsion and gastro-intestinal disorders. The leaves of Telfaria Occidentalia take care of anaemic situations in children and adults. Blood tonic is sourced locally from the leaves of Telfaria Occidentalis and without necessarily squeezing the juice out to drink, they can be cooked and eaten like that to get the desired good health results in our body.


Where is God? This subject matter is very controversial. Some people call Him Allah, the Almighty, Chineke or Chukwu, Olorun or Eledumare, but the fact remains that whatever name you refer to Him, where is God? Does He reside in the Mars, Pluto, Uranus or Saturn? Or does He live on this planet earth with us or supposed heaven as claimed in so many religious books? Where can we find God? Is it in the spiritual books? If yes, some people will argue that even so many holy names written in the Quran or Bible were written by human beings. That God did not put them there by Himself since He is a spirit being. It will even be argued further that the inspired men of God put those names there. Jesus Christ says love thy neighbour as thy self, meaning love is God and God is love. And when you love someone, you will not want harms befalling such a person. Prophet Muhammad says peace be upon you, meaning if you are peaceful with your fellow human being, you will love him or her and you will not want any evil to befall him or her. So far, it means God is in peace and love preached by these two prophets. What does Ifa Oracle say from Orunmila's perspective? Orunmila says that before hurting or harming somebody, you should do it to yourself first and see how it feels. Meaning Orunmila tows the same line with Christ and Muhammad. And if you love someone, you will want peace with the person and you will not hurt or harm the person in any way. So, where then is God? It means the living God is in love and peace which the whole world is lacking today. The God that we are all looking for is very close to us and we can only see Him if we show love to humanity and if are peaceful with ourselves. And by so doing, we will think twice before hurting or harming ourselves according to the great sage Orunmila. The irony of it all is that the human race has gone contrary completely to these two words, peace and love but yet desperately seeking to know where the God Almighty is. It is like the issue of having something in your hands and still looking for it desperately elsewhere. The solutions to all the problems of the world today are peace and love. And until that day that the people of the world realize that the God we all seek is in peace and love, these two words will continue to elude the world. So, conclusively where is God? The answer is God is in our heart and it is only by being positive towards each other that peace and love will triumph in the world. So, show love and be peaceful to someone today.

Tuesday 17 November 2015


•Birth is the only remedy against death.

•Talking with one another is loving one another.

•Good millet is known at the market.

•A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing.

•Earth is the queen of beds.

•A friend is someone you share the path with.

•Time destroys all things.

•Equality is not easy, but superiority is painful.

•It is better to be loved than feared.

•A roaring lion kills no game.

•Copyrights: OLALEKAN ODUNTAN © 2015


He who brings kola brings peace. And this cliche is one of the sayings of our elders. Kola nut is a peacemaker, a problem solver and a pathfinder. No traditional praying gathering is complete without the involvement of kola nut. It is used to entertain the guests at our home and at the gathering circles of traditional peoples. 

From Ifa Oracle's perspective, it is believed that Kola nut is used virtually to appease all the deities because the lobes are used to ask questions during appeasement and answers are given to proffer solutions to the problems at hand. Commonly eaten by the people who do not even know anything about its relationship with the gods. 

The kola nuts have different kinds of specie and they come with different numbers of lobes as well. There is a specie of kola nut with two lobes called GBANJA which is commonly eaten and it is in both red and white colours. There is another specie that has three lobes called ABATA OLOJU META and it is used to appease the deity known as "ESU" or god of confusion. 

Another popular specie of kola nut with four lobes that are made use of a lot for appeasing the deities is called ABATA OLOJU MERIN. These lobes are also used for divining into the past, the present and the future by those that are blessed with such sacred knowledge. The kola nuts are used to avert danger, death, misfortune, sickness and a lot of other spiritual problems by those who know the meanings and effectiveness of their uses.

Likewise, the kola nuts are used to attract good vibration and aura to the gatherings where good things are happening hence the kola nuts play prominent roles in prayers at such occasions as naming ceremonies, house warmings, marriages, meetings, coronations e.t.c.

There is also a kolanut with five lobes called ABATA OLOJU MARUN and another kolanut with six lobes being referred to as ABATA OLOJU MEFA. There is a peculiar kolanut that has no lobe at all. This mysterious kolanut is being referred to as LAKIRIBTO. It is not useful at all for ritualistic purposes and activities but it is useful in other several ways for spiritual purposes to those who know the usefulness and value of it.

It is believed that kolanut was once human in those days. And she was a woman during her lifetime before becoming what it is today. But Kolanut is being made use of today as problem solving tool and for solving spiritual problems too. In my subsequent write ups, I will go into the details and full story to educate us.

Thank you!!!

•BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

Monday 16 November 2015


•Every camel is once upon a time two years old.

•It is better to refuse than to accept and not go.

•Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.

•Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

•Sickness accompanies a waning moon, a new moon cures disease.

•He who asks question cannot avoid the answers.

•When your neighbor is wrong you point a finger, but when you are wrong you hide.

•Evil enters like a needle but spreads like an oak tree.

•One camel does not make fun of the other camel's hump.

•Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living.

•The death of an elderly man is like a burning library.

•Hope is the pillar of the world.

•BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

Sunday 15 November 2015

By providence, one came across his blog sometime in late June 2015 while looking at different samples of functional blogs. It was lovely. The design, the colours, the layout, and above all, the contents were captivating. The contents were quite educative and interesting.

As one glanced through, the urge to meet him grew. One would really love to speak with him, learn more and ask plenty questions about certain aspects of the African culture and civilization.
His very busy schedules scuttled our plans for awhile. Meeting with him was becoming like an uphill task until one started seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

After three months of persistent effort, SPLENDID!  eventually got the opportunity, albeit for a short while. We met with Mr. Olalekan Oduntan, the brain behind . A blog one could very well consider an online custodian of the African culture and civilization with particular emphasis on the Yoruba traditions, the first of its kind.

In consideration of all we knew about him, we expected to see someone “extraordinary”. But the University of Lagos Theatre Arts graduate who is also an author, stage artiste, songwriter, musician, percussionist, chanter  and a blogger turned out simple, cerebral and very unassuming.

In a brief chat with SPLENDID! he spoke about his works, spirituality and why the black man is lagging behind.
With your academic background and experience, why didn’t you consider a career in Nollywood instead of going the way of African tradition and culture?
This is because a lot is hidden from the people out there about us. It is a task that is not very easy. Somebody has to start it. Someone got to make the people in the west (northern hemisphere) to get to know more about us. Just like the late legendary Fela Anikulapo did. He conquered the western world through his music and they travelled from all over the world to come and meet with him.

He had other chooses, he met other musicians on the stage when he started, but he opted for his own genre of music which he suffered for and eventually projected him to limelight. Though he is late today, he is still celebrated all over the world. We should have individuals that should think in that direction.

How far have you gone in promoting the African culture?
I have always been doing that through my music. For instance when we did “Sango, the Legendary African King” by Chief Wale Ogunyemi, I wrote almost all the songs in that film and it was done to promote our culture, particularly my constituency the Yoruba culture.
You can see the direction things are going nowadays. Everybody has derailed. You cannot see anything cultural in our ways of life.

In your opinion, why did they derail?
They derailed because there are no other pivots as we used to have in those days. For instance, we have seen what Fela Anikulapo was able to do through music. How many of our youth today are privileged today to find out where they are coming from? Fela Kuti said: We don’t know ourselves. We don’t even know our ancestral heritage.

We only know what we have been fed through the media. With no guidance from anywhere, of course the youth of today would derail. Speaking our dialects for instance is a problem. In most home now, parents don’t want their children to speak in the mother tongue because everybody wants to go the western way. So how would we not derail?

Whose fault?
The fault is more from the society; society because we are not doing enough to promote our culture.  Look at the National Arts Theatre for instance, that is supposed to be the custodian of our tradition, a place to showcase your culture and tradition. There is nothing there.

When we were growing up we used to watch the legends of the theatre like Hubert Ogunde and all the doyens of the African theatre who were imparting culture. But today we don’t have them anymore.

How significant has your blog been in the promotion of African culture to Africans and the world at large?
In fact, I am very overwhelmed with the response. I never even thought that people in the West (northern hemisphere) are yearning for information about us. For instance, you cannot play the white man’s music better than him. That is why you see our Fuji musicians doing better, because it is more of percussion, than the people who are going the western way. Yes, within a short period of time they will make the money but they will fizzle out. You cannot compare the late Chief Osita Osadebe, he is gone now, but people still enjoy his works. You cannot compare with Sir Victor Uwaifor whose music is still reigning as we talk.

So likewise the people in the West are yearning to know more about us, because they have come to realize that our potentials are much more than what they succeeded in taking from us during the colonial era. Even we Africans have not been able to fully explore it to our advantage. That is making us to lag behind. We can never be like the whites. It’s not possible. Technologically, we are not there. We don’t have it.

Which particular information about your works interests them the most?
African spirituality!s

We are spiritual people. But we are kind of too secretive about it. We don’t want to let go of our knowledge spiritually. Most practitioners of such knowledge die with it. Some didn’t even get to impart such knowledge to their children.

For instance, Numerology has to do with numbers. Ifa too has something to do with numbers. What is the secret about it? If numerology is dealing with numbers, ifa too is dealing with numbers. So for you to be able to know ifa, you have to study the numbers, you have to know what the numbers are saying just like numerology. This gave them the impression that we were not like our forefathers. We are trying to reach-out now, to open up.

Besides information on your blog, have you had cause to travel overseas to impart this knowledge?
With what I am currently doing, I have not travelled but I know the time for that is drawing near because I have started receiving invitations for lectures and seminars.

But regarding my acting, being an actor, I have done a lot of travelling.

Would you consider the whites more interested in learning more than the Africans?
Forever and ever, the whites are ready to learn. My people are also interested because they now see that somebody is bold enough to take bull by the horn and talk about this thing.

Why was nobody bold before now, was it a risky venture?
It’s because people were actually afraid to talk about it.
When you say “it”, what? About what?
It’s a kind of spiritual information about African spirituality. Few of the whites who know about it respect Africa. For instance, if you go to the United Kingdom today, Queen Elizabeth is the spiritual head in Britain. Every institution including the government are under her spiritual supervision. In the same way United States of America has lords. These people are reserved and consulted for information, knowledge and advice on the country’s affairs. Likewise, we have also in Africa. It’s with our spirituality that we get to know these people; talk to them and seek advice.

 Ifa, for instance; there is nothing you want to know about yourself that Ifa would not tell you. Ifa will tell you about the past, present and the future. But here in this part of the world, we are not spiritual. We are only religious.

And the whites; are they also religious?
The white people are spiritual. They don’t care about religion. They push religion to us Africans. They push it to us because today, we regard anything about our culture as being fetish.
They use their spirituality to supercede us. That is what is happening to today. That is why I cited the example of Fela Kuti. When he was alive he was an Ifa man. He was an Ifa priest. When the white people saw that they respected it; and they never joked with till he died. They saw him as one among thousands of Africans who knew himself.

Most of the so-called religious people in Africa are “blending” religious people. Most of them go about with the Bible and the Quran professing their religion however, most of the spiritual problems they have they know where to they go in the “night” to solve them. We are too pretentious. Anything that is ours we don’t want to identify with it. If you see how they flock the churches and the mosques today you will see that majority, even the so-called head of the religious organization they still practice our traditions secretly. They would not let anybody know this to prevent disintegration and dispersal of the congregation.

Africa would have been much more developed today if we had not abandoned our roots, our lineage. How do I mean? Everything that Africa is doing today is to copy the white man. Be it government, be it anything it’s to copy the white man. But the white man that brought this knowledge to you is it to their own advantage over-there and he is getting results.

Let’s talk about your books
The first is Odara. It’s about how the devil came to the world. We were told that devil was the one that went to get the clay with which Adam was made because devil was God’s right hand (angel) man. Devil was expelled by God to the world because he never agreed that man should be superior to him. Hence during the course of arguing with God, devil was expelled from heaven. As he left, he promised to work against all God’s followers and gather his own followers. Hence, bad occurrence (hunger, accident, poverty, witchcraft, diseases, and so on) are always attributed to the devil.

The second book is called Vengeance. It’s about two very poor friends who visited and fortuneteller to know their future. It was revealed that Enitan would be very rich. Olaosebikan was not happy with the revelation that his friend would be richer than him so he went to a blacksmith. He got two iron rods with pointed edges.

He was able to persuade his friend to accompany him to his mother’s village. While in the bush very close to a mahogany tree, he used a charm to render Enitan unconscious; he stuck the rods into his eyes, nailed him to the tree and left him there.

 While there two owls perched on the tree and started exchanging knowledge of different herbal medicines. As he writhed in pains (as he was stuck to the tree through the eyes), Enitan listened and imbibed the discussions of the birds. The birds finished their exchange and flew away.
As for the first medicine, if a person has been blind all his life and he plucks leaves from the right-hand side of this man writhing in pain; squeezes the juice into the affected eyes he will regain his sight. Enitan followed the instruction and he regained his sights.

Regarding the second medicine, if one gets the leaves on the left side; squeeze them in a bucket he will be so rich that his generation yet unborn will not be able to exhaust his wealth. Enitan followed the instructions and he became super rich.

 The third book is Revelation of Our Dreams. The book shows and explains to you the different meanings and interpretations to your dreams.
 All books are available on  

Friday 13 November 2015


  • Death does not sound a trumpet.
  • When the cock is drunk, he forgets about the hawk.
  • The friends of our friends are our friends.
  • When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow.
  • Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
  • The rain does not recognize anyone as a friend, it drenches all equally.
  • After a foolish deed comes a remorse.
  • Do not tell the man who is carrying you that he stinks.
  • To be without a friend is to be poor indeed.
  • It takes a whole village to raise a child.
•BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015


Allium Ascalonicum belonging to the family of Liliaceae is either in bulbs or leaves. And it is a plant that is highly medicinal to take care of the health of human beings if applied to use. Commonly used to spice up our cooking whenever we want to cook stew, soup or jollof rice, Allium Ascalonicum makes our cooking taste special because of its aroma and scent. In the herbal medicine world, it is added to some other herbs to take of some health related problems associated with constipation and stomach aches. Allium Ascalonicum is used to season our pepper soups and a host of other delicacies on our menu for easy digestion in our system. The bulb or leaves of Allium Ascalonicum can be soaked in water and given to children to take care of their convulsion. And if taken regularly, the problems disappear completely from them. For easy evacuation of our bowels, the bulb or leaves of Allium Ascalonicum if eaten raw take care of such health issue or problem. It also cures the problem of dizziness in adults. The leaves or bulb of Allium Ascalonicum cure problems associated with dysentery in children and adults. So whichever way we look at it, the bulb or leaves of Allium Ascalonicum are of great importance to our health and they are gifts from the mother nature to mankind.

Wednesday 11 November 2015


  • The most dangerous thing a man needs is a woman.
  • By getting angry, you show you are wrong.
  • Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.
  • Do not step on the dog's tail, and he will not bite you.
  • You cannot build a house for last year's summer.
  • Wealth is like hair in the nose: it hurts to be separated whether from a little or from a lot.
  • He who marries a beauty marries trouble.
  • Copying everyone else all the time, the monkey one day cuts his throat.
  • There is always a better man for every good man.
  • He who does not cultivate his field will die of hunger.
•BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

Tuesday 10 November 2015


Yoruba people from the South West of Nigeria call it "Orogbo" but the botanical name is Garcinia Cola from the family of Guttiferae. Garcinia Cola is highly medicinal because it takes care of some ailments in human which we least expect. The seeds are made use of where people are praying a lot because it is believed in the spiritual circles that when the seeds are chewed during prayer session that it elongate human life span on earth. 

Spiritually speaking one who eats a seed of garcinia cola every morning will be healthy and strong throughout of his or her life time. Because such a person shall not lose any part of his or her body to a sickness or an accident before he or she dies. So, there is more to it than meet the eyes when it comes to the garcinia cola because it is highly medicinal and spiritually gifted to mankind to take care of human health problems. 

Garcinia cola is highly appreciated and its importance spiritually acknowledged in the traditional spiritual circles because its seeds are of inestimable value. Even though, bitter in the mouth when the seeds are being chewed, the effectiveness of the bitterness in taking care of numerous human ailments is wonderful. Garcinia cola comes in seeds, root, stem back and fruits and they cure many ailments for man. 

Garcinia cola cure diseases like dysentery, bronchitis, cough, fever and toothache. It also cures throat and respiratory ailments; liver disorders, headache and it is an anticancer plant. Conclusively, this piece is to educate the various health departments in the world that alternative medicine could partner side by side very well with the medical practitioners in the orthodox world today if given the chance and their medical know how as support to function very well like them. 

Experiences could be shared on both sides with each other to solve health problems for mankind. Drugs from the orthodox world have been processed before their usage and therefore have their side effects and expiry dates but natural herbs are from mother nature which make their efficacies to be very natural and they have no after effects. Garcinia cola seeds are locally available and affordable at the herbs market, try and chew one seed today.

© Olalekan Oduntan


The Yoruba people call it "EERU ALAMO" but its botanical mame is Xylopia aethiopica belonging to the family of Annonaceae. These seeds of xylopia aethiopica are highly very medicinal because people who know the efficacy use them to either cook pepper soup or add them to their concoction. The xylopia aethiopica comes in fruits, barks, leaves and seeds. And local herbs healers make very good use of them a lot to assist their clients. Xylopia aethiopica cures stomach ache in human and it also fights cough and neuralgia. It cures ailments like mental disorder, amenorrhoea and bronchitis. The fruits, bark, leaves and seeds are readily available with the local herbs sellers at the market. And the fruits, bark, leaves and seeds are washed and cooked for drinking to take care of above ailments. But it should be noted that before embarking on the taking of the herbs for any of the mentioned ailments, it is always good to find out from the qualified medical doctors first what the problem is medically. Herbs are good because they are natural and they have not gone through processing like drugs from the orthodox world. The seeds of xylopia aethiopica are used to treat the umbilical cords for babies at infancy. Conclusively, the so many health benefits of the fruits, bark, leaves and seeds of xylopia aethiopica can not be over emphasized and they are very good gifts to mankind.

Sunday 8 November 2015


  • If you damage the character of another, you damage your own.
  • No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
  • A chattering bird builds no nest.
  • A single bracelet does not jingle.
  • A good deed is something one returns.
  • We will water the thorn for the sake of the rose.
  • If your mouth turns into a knife, it will cut off your lips.
  • A man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine.
  • A coward dies many times before his death while a brave dies but once.
  • When you change kings, you change customs.
BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015


The Aerva Lanata is a plant given to us by nature to help mankind. The whole plants produce whitish powdery substances which are made into balls for use by traditional healers. This plant is so miraculously effective in dealing with certain ailments troubling human beings. Aerva Lanata belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae and the powdery substances take care of protracted case of ulcer in human body. 

If applied on the snake bite, it cures the wound gradually till it is healed up. Aerva Lanata fights bladder and kidney stones sores in the body. This wonderful plant also cures diuretic situations and it is also used as purgative in human beings' bodies. Aerva Lanata is an antihelmintic plant in human and the powdery substances are also used in stopping acute bleeding in human beings. 

In the spiritual traditional circles, it is used to banish evil spirits from entering wherever the substances are sprinkled. Sometimes, they are used to write corpuses of Ifa on the walls signifying that the evil spirits should keep off from that surroundings. If someone is afflicted with either chicken pox or measles, the powdery substances are rubbed on the body to cure their effects. 

The powdery substances of Aerva Lanata are the answers to so many diseases affecting mankind and until they are put to use before they are attested to. Herbal medicine is our own, we should support the practitioners to assist the orthodox doctors in finding solutions to some ailments defiling their medical answers.

© Olalekan Oduntan 2015.

Friday 6 November 2015


  • If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill.
  • Nothing is so difficult that diligence can not master it.
  • Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food.
  • You don't need pain killers for another man's headache.
  • The wind does not break a tree that bends.
  • Words are like eggs: when they are hatched, they have wings.
  • A wise man who knows proverbs reconciles the difficulties.
  • No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come.
  • Death is like a robe everyone has to wear.
  • The lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did.
BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015


The Shrine of Ogun © Olalekan Oduntan

Ogun, if you are inside the house; Look at the outside                 
If you are at the backyard; Look at the passage; 
If you are inside the room;
Look at the entire house.
Ogun from Ire my husband;
Pleasing rats to the goddess of the river;                                  
The thorns that make 
themselves into moulds.
Ogun chase them away to the bush;
They become owners of the bush.
Ogun chase them away to the jungle;
They become occupants of the jungle.
He chases them away to Mekiti;             
They become goddesses of river.     

Living in the jungle; Living in the town;  
And living at Gunta.               
All at the same time. 
But it is advisable to stay at one place, 
Because Ogun is from Odo Oba.   

The above chants are rendered by the devotees of Ogun, the deity of iron when they meet to give some appeasement to it at its shrine. There are five different symbolic tools made of iron used by the blacksmith but being crowned today as chiefs at the blacksmith's place today. 

The first crowned Chief is the tool called iron catcher titled Olukotun. The second iron is the tool providing the fire that melts and shapes the irons and it is crowned Ajagunna. The third tool is the breeze provider which makes the fire to burn and it is crowned Ogbagbara while the blacksmith's place itself is crowned as Iyalode. The last but not the least is the number five tool known as the hammer to bend and mold the iron to different shapes and sizes and it is crowned as Balogun. 

It is important to note that the blacksmiths make knifes, cutlasses, hoes, traps for catching and killing the animals e.t.c. There are seven different types of Ogun worshippers and they are namely the Ogun of Alara which is appeased with the dogs, the Ogun of Onire which is appeased with the rams. The Ogun of Oloola drinks the blood during circumcision while the Ogun of the barbers eats the hair on the head. 

Ogun of the wood carvers sucks the vapour inside the trees while the Ogun of the guns causes fear and panic to its victims. Lastly, Ogun of the motorists causes accidents to its victims and sometimes putting permanent dislocation to their bodies. May we not witness the wrath of Ogun in all of our entire lives! 

If Ifa Oracle decrees that Ogun should be appeased, it is always good to abide by it so as not to see the wrath of it which is not palatable at all. Ogun protects and fights for its devotees and those who abide by its rules and regulations because despite being a deity of war, he loves giving peace to all his followers.


© Olalekan Oduntan 2015

Wednesday 4 November 2015


  • By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.
  • An egg does not fight a rock.
  • When you see clouds gathering, prepare to catch rainwater.
  • When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
  • The horse that arrives early gets good drinking water.
  • He who is guilty is the one who has much to say.
  • Little by little grow the bananas.
  • The fool speaks, the wise man listens.
  • The waterfalls do not hear each other.
  • The crab does not bite but it is its greeting that hurts.
BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

Tuesday 3 November 2015


The Shrine of Osun. © Olalekan Oduntan

OSUN was once human before becoming an Orisa. What is the meaning of Orisa? It literarily means a deity in English language. She was one the wives of king Sango who mistakenly ruined his own regime by burning his palace and people down with wild fire in Oyo Empire before becoming a deity throughout of the Yoruba kingdom. 

Before the inferno, two warlords of Sango had always been on each other throat which made the king to set them against each other. Eventually, Eliri succeeded in killing Oluode, his long time partner. After this, Eliri bragged to make life uncomfortable for king Sango which made the king to attempt to test his charm in order to burn him alive. It was while testing the charm that Sango set his entire palace and the people ablaze. After the whole scenario, Sango and his two wives namely Oba and Oya went their different ways to become deities to the people because Sango committed suicide by hanging himself, Oba and Oya turned themselves into rivers. 

It is only Osun, who continued her journey elsewhere as human being because she tried to put her past full of bitterness behind her by accepting what fate had brought upon her and she moved on with her life. But despite her good intentions and generosity towards people, she was still being hated one way or the other by one or two people wherever she was being loved. She was the lover of children and she was an indigo maker. Osun loved to be of assistance to everybody hence she was being referred to as the limitless giver. 

After becoming one of so many deities in Yoruba land, she is being appeased whenever her assistance is sought for through Ifa Oracle. The Ifa priest will name the needful to appease Osun in order to make her grant people's requests. The barren women go to Osun for fruits of the womb and their wishes are granted by getting pregnant and giving birth to children. Osun gives her clients water of life to drink and the abundance of life is granted to them. 

Some other numerous problems brought forth before the shrine of Osun are also taken care of because she is a problem solver. And it is this her water of life that she gives to the people to drink that gets their numerous problems solved for them. Osun always blesses those who come to her shrine to seek for her help. And she is a Yoruba deity respected all over the world. Many people troop to Osogbo, one of western states of Nigeria today to appease the river Osun on yearly basis without knowing who Osun was before becoming a goddess. 

Whereas, Osun was once a beautiful woman who lived her life as a human being before turning herself into a river and she became a respected deity being worshipped all over the world today.

OSUN Se e ge se, olooya a yu, Awede werisa.
Iya Alaro, iya olodo, onibu ore.
Osun dakun gbe mi bori ota mi.
Osun a gbe wa o!!!

Copyrights: © 2015 Olalekan Oduntan

Monday 2 November 2015


  • Do not blame God for having created the tiger but, thank Him for not having given it wings.
  • He who tells the truth is never wrong.
  • Taking water from the same well doesn't make all the wives' gravy taste good.
  • He who hates, hates himself.
  • A performing masquerade who tries too hard to outclass his colleagues may expose his ass.
  • Children are the rewards of life.
  • If you are looking for a fly in your food, it means you are full.
  • When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly.
  • Money is sharper than a sword.
  • The witness of a rat is another rat.
BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

Sunday 1 November 2015


Yoruba people call it Orin ata. Zanthoxylum rutaceae does not only take care of our health issues, but it also fights certain diseases in our bodies. It is a gift from mother nature to us and it is found in the bush just like any other plant. The roots or backs of zanthoxylum rutaceae can be cut into small pieces and soaked in the water for drinking to battle human beings' ailments such as sickle cell anaemia, veneral diseases, cough and tuberculosis. Zanthoxylum rutaceae also cures a disease like cancer which is the problem afflicting some people in the world today. Orin ata as it is being referred to by the Yoruba people fights and cures problems of mouth odour and sore throat. It also cures the diseases like urinary disorders and arthritis. Zanthoxylum rutaceae cures disease like gonorrhoea which is often the problem associated with mating in man and woman. Whichever way we look at it, Orin ata or Zanthoxylum rutaceae is a plant from Almighty God to us and it is available in the local herbs market to take care of our different ailments. Orin ata or zanthoxylum rutaceae can also be used to clean or wash our mouths daily to avoid or fight mouth odour or tooth decay.


•Do not make the dress before the child is born.

•A farmer does not conclude his corn is ripe without opening it for close examination.

•A child can play with its mother's breasts but not with its father's testicles.

•The chicken says that she cries to let the public know her condition not that her enemy will release her.

BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN Copyrights: © 2015

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