How Iyawo started, the Yoruba word for wife-Prince Samuel Olushola

It is unknown to many speakers of the Yoruba language that the
original Yoruba word for wife is ‘aya’ and not the commonly used
‘Iyawo’. Back in the early years of the Yoruba people, the word Iyawo did not have a place in the Yoruba language not until an incident
brought about its coinage and usage. Long ago in Yoruba land, a beautiful princess and daughter of the
first king of Iwo town named Wuraola was in the quest of getting
herself a patient, tolerant and well mannered husband.
Strong and good looking men, the likes of Sango, Ogun and others,
had already traveled to Iwo town to seek the hand of Wuraola in
marriage but left not with a wife but uncontrollable anger. Wurola
had been rude to everyone of them. In fact, she hurled insults and
curses at her suitors which made them all leave on the same day
they arrived the town of Iwo because they couldn’t tolerate her bad
Orunmila, a good looking man, also journeyed to Iwo in the bid to
win the hand of Wuraola in marriage. But before he set out, he had
already consulted Olodumare, the supreme being, through Ifa.
Olodumare revealed to Orunmila that he must be patient with
Wuraola and endure her behaviors no matter how bad they are in
order to succeed in the quest of marrying Wuraola.
When Orunmila got to the palace of the king of Iwo, he was greeted
with a hiss and scornful look by Wuraola. The unperturbed
Orunmila smiled and returned her greetings with kind and sweet
words and also presented gifts to the king.
Orunmila stayed in Iwo for seven days which can be described as
nothing but a hell on earth. Wuraola didn’t serve Orunmila water let
alone food. She insulted the goodness out of Orunmila but he
stayed calm and smiled at her. He even smiled when she used his
opon ifa (divination board) as firewood and when she took his
pouch (apo ominijekun) from him. Though, Orunmila boiled with
rage, still, he didn’t show it or leave Iwo according to the
instructions of Olodumare.
On the sixth day of Orunmila’s stay in Iwo town, the king of Iwo
gave Wuraola in marriage to him after concluding that he is a
patient, kind and tolerant man suitable to marry his daughter.
Meanwhile, Wuraola’s bad behaviors were planned to test her
suitors so as to get her a husband with good manners and temper.
She was a lovely, caring and well behaved lady. Orunmila was glad
that he heeded to the instructions of Olodumare and on the seventh
day, he and Wuraola journey back to his town.
Orunmila was welcomed and praised by his townspeople for his
achievement. When they asked him about Wuraola, his wife, he
responded, “Iya ti mo je ni Iwo” (my sufferings in Iwo) That was
how wives became known as Iya-Iwo (sufferings in Iwo) and now

Can the south east (Igbo speaking tribe) produce the next Nigerian President come 2023?
Be the first to get updated. Subscribe to our newsletter


  1. Good

  2. Nice

  3. Nice update

  4. Great

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Enter Captcha Here :