Here’s What To Expect On A Yoruba Traditional Engagement List (Eru Iyawo)
The Yoruba Traditional Wedding Engagement list popularly known as ‘Eru Iyawo’ in Yoruba is presented to the groom’s family from the bride’s family some weeks prior to the traditional wedding day.
These items are packaged and presented to the family of the bride on the traditional wedding day.
The items on the engagement list will differ based on what part of Yorubaland the bride’s family is from and your family may decide to ask for more or fewer items.
The groom’s family can also negotiate to reduce the number of items.
The engagement list is always drafted by the bride’s family members.
Yoruba Engagement List (Eru Iyawo List)
42 Bitter kolas (Orogbo)
42 Tubers of yam (Isu)
42 Kola nuts (Obi abata)
42 Chilli/Alligator Peppers (Atare)
42 pieces of dried Fish (Eja Osan)
1 Dish of peppered corn meal (Aadun)
1 Pack of Sugar
2 Baskets of Fruit
2 Decanters filled with honey
4 Crates of canned or bottled soft drinks
4 Crates malt soft drinks
4 Cartons of bottled water
2 Bottles of non-alcoholic wine
2 Cartons of fruit juice
1 Bag of salt
1 Bag of rice
1 Keg of palm wine
1 Keg of groundnut oil
A big suitcase containing clothes, shoes, and handbags including aso-oke fabric, 2 sets of lace with gele and 2 sets of Ankara
1 Wristwatch, Earrings, and Chains
Biscuits and Sweets
Engagement rings for bride and groom
Quran, praying mat, praying kettle, rosary, white hijab, veil and tasbir (for Muslim weddings)
Owo Ori (The Bride Price) – Varies
Owo Ijoko Agba (Money for the elders consent) – N,1000
Owo Baba Gbo (Money for the bride’s father’s consent) – N,1000
Owo Iya Gbo (Money for the bride’s mother’s consent) – N1,000
Owo Ikanlekun(Door knocking fee) – N1000
Owo Isiju Iyawo (Fee for unveiling the bride) – N1,000
Owo Aeroplane (Bride transportation fee) – N1,000
Owo Iyawo Ile (Money for the Housewives) -N500
Owo Omo Ile (Money for the Children of the household) – N500
Owo letter Kika (Letter reading fee)-N500
Owo Telephone (Fee to call the bride out) – N500
Owo Isigba (Engagement gifts unveiling fee) – N500
Owo Alaga Ijoko (Master of Ceremonies fee) – N500
The money is collected at different points during the traditional wedding ceremony, while the gift items are arranged at the venue before the ceremony starts. Gifts are usually packaged in baskets or boxes, which are coordinated to match the wedding colour scheme or wedding theme.