Yorùbá Names for the Days of the Week

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Monday: Ọjọ́ Ajé ( The day of financial success)
Tuesday: Ọjọ́ Ìsẹ́gun (The day of victory)
Wednesday: Ọ̣jọ́ Ríru, Ọ̣jọ́ru (The day of confusion)
Thursday: Ọ̣jọ́ Àsẹ̣̀sẹ̣̀daíyé or Ọ̣jọ̣́bọ̀ (The day of new creation)
Friday: Ọ̣jọ̣́ Ẹ̣tì ( The day of trouble)
Saturday: Ọ̣jọ̣́ Àbámẹ̣́ta (The day of three resolutions)
Sunday: Ọ̣jọ̣́ Àikú (The day of immortality)

Yorùbá language represents the ways and ideals of the Yorùbá people. It is a tonal language, this is the reason behind the diacritics. 

The naming of the days of the week can be attributed to a culture of deep knowledge and understanding of nature and apparitions. It is a tolerant culture and it liberates.

In Yorùbá culture, Monday and Tuesday are days that align with success. In Yorùbá land, it is better to venture into a new endeavor on either days.

It is a belief among the Yorùbá people that Wednesday does not favor a new venture, especially when you aim at succeeding.

Thursday is the day of new creation,  so, it is set aside for memorable activities that mark a milestone. Activities like marriage ceremony, laying the foundation of a new building, roofing a house are best held on a Thursday.

Friday is regarded as the day of trouble. Yorùbá culture owns the belief that it is the day Ẹ̀bìtà (Satan) fought Ẹ̀là (Saviour) in a great duel. Yorùbá people usually avoid dangerous or courageous endeavor on a Friday, just for the fear that it might not end well.

Saturday is regarded as not favorable for starting a new venture, because it was the day Ẹ̀bìtà held a meeting with his cohort to ensure Ẹ̀là does not resurrect. They arrived at three resolutions at that meeting: that Ela must not resurrect; if he resurrects, he should not rise up; if he rises up, he should not ascend to heaven.

Sunday is set aside as holy and a day of rest.

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Gbemi Ibrahim

Gbemi Ibrahim

Gbemi has worked as a ghostwriter for well over ten years and counting. She is a pro in business and executive communication. More so, she has a mastery of creative writing and making a polished document out of disorganized thoughts and ideas.

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  1. LOVE YOUR WRITE UP, BECAUSE YORUBA TEACHERS ON RADIO LAGOS ARE MAKING MISTAKES ON PRONUNCIATION OF THE DAYS OF THE WEEK IN YORUBA.
    THANKS
    DR. LEKAN ADENIJI

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Gbemi has worked as a ghostwriter for well over ten years and counting. She is a pro in business and executive communication. More so, she has a mastery of creative writing and making a polished document out of disorganized thoughts and ideas.

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