There have been many misconceptions about the meaning of the caps (Fila) worn by Yoruba men. A Yoruba scholar on Instagram, Abdulquddus Gbadamosi, shed some light on this.
The shape of the man’s head is said to resemble the “circle of life,” which begins on the right and travels across the front, left, and rear.
When a young boy is dressed up for a special event, his mother tilts his cap to the right because, when one is young, it is a sign that one is just starting out in life.
The second stage in a man’s life is when he is a young man in his prime. His cap would be tilted toward the front. In Yoruba culture, it is a tradition for men of this age to marry, prosper financially, nurture their children, and support their families. These milestones are highly valued and regarded as pivotal obligations for men at this stage of life.
The left tilt is for the older men; at this age, one gradually retires from work and enjoys life more and the fruits of his labour.
The truly old men wear wear their caps back to show the end of life and the fact that they have lived life.
The standing cap was called an Aro. It literally means standing, and it has no position or means nothing per se. This wasn’t a popular way to wear a cap in Yoruba culture and would only be seen by carefree or inferior members of society.
Sango worshippers also wear the standing cap or aro.
The front and back tilting of the cap is not so common these days; what we have are the left and right tilts.
The prevalent belief is that married men wear their caps to the left, while single men wear theirs to the right. Some people might argue this is not so, as the cap is merely to reveal their age and social level.
When kings, princes, or other people in positions of authority wear their caps to the right or left in Yoruba land, their followers are expected to wear theirs in the opposite direction out of respect.
To discourage potential suitors, a prospective groom must always wear his cap facing toward the direction of his future spouse’s home while in the vicinity
‘This Is Pure Evil’ – Mary Njoku frown at Those requesting DNA Test From Mohbad’s Wife
Nollywood actress, Mary Njoku, has slammed critics questioning the paternity of the son of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
News Direct reports that Omawunmi, the wife to Mohbad, has come under heavy backlash over the son’s complexion, with some people calling for a DNA test for the child.
In a post via Instagram on Friday, Mary described the call as pure evil and advised that people should not add to the widow’s misery.
The movie star added that if late Mohbad didn’t doubt the child’s paternity, the public should not think otherwise but should focus on getting justice for him.
She wrote: “Asking a mourning widow to submit her son for a DNA test is pure evil. Haba! She just lost a husband, lost a father to her child, lost her helper and protector of 10 years! Let her mourn in peace.
“If you can’t support her don’t add to her misery! Small money don enter for DNA tests. Just because she isn’t rich, if her husband didn’t doubt the paternity, who are we to think otherwise?
“Abeg make una no let the dead pare for una o. Don’t frustrate his family. Let’s focus on getting justice for Mohbad.”
Lateef Adedimeji, Woli Agba, others feature in ‘The Thorns’
Tope Adebayo Salami, the Director of Femi Adebayo’s ‘Jagun Jagun,’ is set to unveil another blockbuster, titled – The Thorns.
The movie features Lateef Adedimeji as lead actor.
Others in the movie include Omowunmi Dada, Woli Agba, Funke Ogunmola, Jumoke Odetola, Femi Branch, Peju Ogunmola, Shola Kosoko, Olawunmi Oluwapelumi, Ademola Amoo, Damilola Oni, and Omobolanle Adigun.
In the movie, Adedimeji as Pelumi, resolves never to love again because of the crisis he encountered with his two past marriages, until he meets the hilarious fake Prophet Egbojuayosoke, Woli Agba Ayo Ajewole, who prophesies that love is about to smile on him again
The romantic dramedy is produced by Beatrice Funke Ogunmola (BFO).
Ogunmola, known and referred to as BFO, is a Nigerian-American living in Texas, United State of America.
BFO is the producer of Love Castle, a film that won several awards from Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, and West African Film Festival
Hard to stay sane, clean in music industry – Korede Bello
Singer Korede Bello has said it’s difficult to stay sane and clean in the entertainment industry.
He made this known in a post via his X handle #koredebello on Thursday.
He wrote on how challenging it is to stay mentally sound and sober in the entertainment industry.
According to him: “People don’t understand how hard it is to stay sane in a seemingly crazy industry. It’s even harder when you choose to stay clean.
“ So if you want to help an artiste stay alive, contribute to their mental health, support them while they’re still here with whatever you have, even if all you have are your kind words.
“You may not love their art, but you can choose to love the soul of the artist in the human being.”
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