Local name for sesame seed in Nigeria (Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba Names).

This article will answer the following questions:

Yoruba name for sesame seed: Yamati or Eeku

Igbo name for sesame seed: unknown

Hausa name for sesame seed: Ridi

JUKUN name for sesame seed: Igorigo or Igbira and Doo

Tiv name for sesame seed: Ishwa

This seed is one of the Oil Seeds in high demand internationally.

It is also a major export product from Nigeria. And like most of our products, we still can’t meet foreign demands.

Grown in Nigeria majorly in Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa and Cross River states.

It’s main uses are as a snack and for soups as a substitute for Egusi(melon).

Local name for sesame seed in Nigeria (Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba Names)
Local name for sesame seed in Nigeria are ridi in hausa, Yamati in Yoruba and other languages

Ridi could be eaten raw or with value-add like in the picture above where sugar has been used to garnish and lightly toast it.

Now, asides eating what else can Sesame be used for?

Why is it in high demand internationally?

Ridi is used in the pharmaceuticals for producers on Liver, Bone marrow, Skin and Colon cancer, Vaginal Yeast infections and cholesterol levels management.

Used in the Beauty and Skincare industry for cosmetics on UV Rays, Sunburns and heaing of bruises etc

Used dentally for Oil pulling also.

This makes the beniseed, just like our Charcoal, a multifunctional product.

So when next you come across the Sesame seeds being sold in the markets or as snacks by the mallams on the roadside, you might want to have a rethink and show some respect to this One-Stop Oil seed.

The potent nutritional benefits of sesame seeds may include their ability to improve heart health, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, and manage diabetes. They might also help cure sleep disorders, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, aid in dental care, and treat depression and chronic stress.


What is the name of a sesame seed Igbo language.

Amara Nnaji and www.nimedhealth.com.ng


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