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English Yoruba Cardinal Yoruba Ordinal
1 Okan Kinni
2 Eeji/Meji Keji
3 Eta/Meta Keta
4 Erin/Merin Kerin
5 Arun/Marun Karun
6 Efa/Mefa Kefa
7 Eje/Meje Keje
8 Ejo/Mejo Kejo
9 Esan/Mesan Kesan
10 Ewa/Mewa Kewa
11 Okanla/Mokanla Kokanla
12 Ejila/Mejila Kejila
13 Etala/Metala Ketala
14 Erinla/Merinla Kerinla
15 Arundinlogun/Marundinlogun Karundinlogun
16 Erindinlogun/Meindinlogun Kerindinlogun
17 Etadinlogun/Metadinlogun Ketadinlogun
18 Ejindinlogun/Mejindinlogun Kejidinlogun
19 Okandinlogun/Mokandinlogun Kokandinlogun
20 Ogun Ogun

Higher Yoruba Numbers
English Numbers Yoruba Equivalent Make-Up/Calculation Divisible by 200
Yes No
100 Ogorun (Ogun lona Marun) 20 x 5 N
200 Igba (root word for numbers divisible by 200) 20 × 10 Y
300 Odunrun 20 × 15 N
400 Irinwo 20 × 20 Y
500 Edegbeta 20 × 25 N
600 Egbeta (Igba lona Meta; 200 x 3) 20 × 30 Y
700 Edegberin 20 × 35 N
800 Egberin(Igba lona Morin; 200 x 4) 20 × 40 Y
900 Edegberun 20 × 45 N
1000 Egberun (Igba lona Marun; 200 x 5) 20 × 50 Y


More Numerals in Yoruba
English Numbers Yoruba Equivalent Make-Up/Calculation
2000 Egbewa (Igba lona Mewa; 200 × 10
3000 EgbEdogun 200 × 15
4000 Egbaaji (Egbewa lona Meji, or Igba lona mewa;  2000 x 2 or 200 * 20 ) 200 ×  20
5000 Egbedogbon 200 × 25
6000 Egbaata (Egbewa lona meta) 200 × 30
7000 Edegbaarin, Odegbaarin 200 × 35
8000 Egbaarin (Egbewa lona merin) 200× 40
9000 Edegbaarun 200 × 45
10,000 Egbaarun (Egbewa lona marun; 2000 x 5) 200 × 50
15,000 Edegbaajo, Oodegbaajo 200 × 75
20,000 Oke Kan/Egbaawa 200 ×   100
30,000 Oke-kan ati Egbaarun 200 × 150
40,000 Oke-Meji 200 × 200
50,000 Oke-Meji ati Egbaarun 200 × 250
60,000 Oke-Meta 200 × 300
70,000 Oke-Meta ati Egbaarun 200 × 350
80,000 Oke-Merin 200 × 400
90,000 Oke-Merin ati Egbaarun 200 × 450
100,000 Oke-Marun 200 × 500; or 20,000 * 5
200,000 Oke-Mewa 200 × 1000; or 20,000 * 10
300,000 Oke-Marundinlogun 200 ×1500; or 20,000 * 15
400,000 Ogun-Oke 200 × 2000; or 20,000 * 20
500,000 Oke-Marundinlogbon/Meedogbon 200 × 2500; or 20,000 * 25
600,000 Ogbon-Oke 200 × 3000; or 20,000 * 30
700,000 Oke-Marundinlogoji/ 200 × 3500; or 20,000 * 35
800,000 Ogoji-Oke 200 × 4000; or 20,000 * 40
900,000 Oke-Marundinlaadota 200 ×4500; or 20,000 * 45
1,000,000 Adaadota-Oke 200 × 5000; or 20,000 * 50
2,000,000 Ogorun-Oke 200 × 10,000; or 20,000 * 100
3,000,000 Aadojo-Oke 200 × 15,000; or 20,000 * 150

Yoruba Time Period
Time Period< Yoruba Equivalent English Equivalent
12 AM- 3AM Oganjo/Aajin-Oru Mid-night/ Dark time of night
4 AM -6AM Aferemoju, Idaji Twilight, Dawn or Early Morning
7 AM – 11 AM Iyaleta, Owuro, Kutu-kutu, Aila-Orun Sun-rise
12 Noon – 2 PM Ojokanri, Idaji-Ojo, Osan-gangan Mid-Day
3 PM – 5 PM Ojoro/Irole Early part of Evening
6 PM – 8 PM Asale/Ale Evening/ Dusk
9 Pm – 11 pm Oru/Ojo n re b’ana Late Night/Time to Sleep

Measurements in Yoruba
Yoruba has various measuring devices for different situation, for instance, they have different types of clay pots or pans for flour-based foods (Garri, Yam flour, Cassava flour, Millet, maize, beans, and cereal).  The introduction of commercial and private scales, have not changed local methods, because older market women (without formal education) still prefer these pans or pots to the calibrated measuring devices. Yoruba has measurements in three graduated forms: the small (kekere), the half/middle (arin/ilaji) the big size (n la).
Similarly, those who sell liquid materials like (palm-oil, ground-nut oil, coco-nut, palm-kernel oil) sell in different sizes of locally made clay and metal pots, which are still common in villages, and even in cities. For landed property, measurements in length, breadth, and width are done by long poles. Peregun tree is used as landmark.
Yoruba has different shapes, these include:
Circle                   Obirikiti/Obiri/Ayika
Cone                   Okoto
Triangle             Onigun Meta
Area                   Ile (with mark) ti a pa’la si
Square               Igun Merin, Logba-Logba
Oblong             Gigun ju Ibu lo
Days of the Week
English< Yoruba Arabic Names
Sunday Ojo-Aiku –
Monday Ojo-Aje –
Tuesday Ojo-Isegun Atalata
Wednesday Ojoru Alaruba
Thursday Ojobo Alamisi
Friday Ojo-Eti Ojo-Jimoh
Saturday Ojo-Abameta –

Time Measurement in Lunar/Solar Calendar Year
Time Count Make-Up Yoruba Name
Second 60 seconds = 1 minute Aaya-Iseju
Minute 60 minutes = 1 hour Iseju
Hour 24 hours   =   1 day Wakati
Day 7 days       =     1 week Ojo
Day 30 days    =     1 month Osu
O?u 4 weeks    =      1 month Ose
?s? 52 weeks =      1 year Odun
O?u 12 months =     1 year Odun
?j? 365 days    =      1 year Odun
?j? 366 days      =      1 leap year Odun

Yoruba Months of the Year
English Names Yoruba Names
January Sere
February Irele
March Erena
AprilI Igbe
May Ebibi
June Okudu
July Agemo
August Ogun
September Owewe
October Owara
November Belu
December Ope

Year to Year Cycle
Year-to-Year Cycle Yoruba English
10 Ewadun Decade
25 – Silver
50 – Golden Jubilee
60 – Diamond
100 Orundun Century
500 – Half-Millennium
1000 Egberun Millennium

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