GREETING AND MODE OF DRESSING IN YORUBA LAND
The Yoruba people take their culture seriously; greetings from an important part of daily life. While greetings are exchanged, it is important for the people to smile; and when asked about the well being of someone, time is given to respond as this is considered to be polite. The Yoruba's greet their elders with a lot of respect, the boys prostrate to greet their elders, while their female counterparts greet by kneeling on one or two knees depending on the tribe. These people also have a very rich cultural background; there are different forms of dance, arts, music, dressing and philosophy. Proverbs are adages form an important part of everyday language, and are used extensively in all form of communication. Music is also very important, and can be used as a form of communication. The talking drum is often as a means of communicating in old times and is still used presently.
The Yoruba dressing is usually made up of brightly colored dresses with hats and shoes matching in color. The females dress up mainly with a head tie known as “Gele”, and a long wrapper with a short armed top. The males normally wear a long-dress in the form of a shirt almost touching the knees or even the ankles; a matching trouser often accompanies this and hat. The Yoruba people occupy the state like Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and some part of Kwara and edo states respectively. They have a general language called “Yoruba” formerly derived the word “Yooba” which is the form that is taught in schools in the south – western zone of Nigeria. There are other dialects of the language from different places such as Ondo, Ijebu, Isala – Eko, Oyo and Ekiti to mention a few.