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Yetunde (variant forms: Yewande, Yeside, Yejide; alternatively spelled Iyabo or Iyabode)[1][2] is a traditional name of the Yoruba ethnic group for females which factors into Yoruba mythology, meaning "Mother has returned".[3][4]

Notable people with the name include:

  • Anthonia Yetunde Alabi, Nigerian musician and businesswoman.
  • Yetunde Onanuga, Nigerian politician
  • Yetunde Price, the elder half-sister of tennis players Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
  • Yewande Osho, British comedian and actress.
  • Yewande Adekoya, Nigerian actress.
  • Yewande Akinola, Nigerian engineer

Notable people with the alternative name form include:

  • Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, daughter of Nigerian former president.
  • Iyabo Anisulowo, Nigerian politician
  • Iyabo Ojo, Nigerian actress.
  • Olufunke Iyabo Osibodu, Nigerian banker
  • Iyabode Ololade Remilekun Wallinkoski, Finnish model.
  • Comfort Iyabo Momoh British-Nigerian nurse/midwife.

See also


  1. Rhoda Omosunlola Johnston; A. Nupo Samuel (1973). Iyabo of Nigeria. Alpha Iota Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, Claremont Graduate School (Indiana University). https://books.google.com/books?id=GJ0PAQAAMAAJ&q=Iyabode+name+Yoruba+name&dq=. 
  2. Vincent L. Wimbush (2012). African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 170. ISBN 9781610979641. https://books.google.com/books?id=EkpNAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA170&dq=. 
  3. "Girl names, Baby names: Yetunde". http://www.thenamemeaning.com/yetunde/. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  4. Marcellina Ulunma Okehie-Offoha; Matthew N. O. Sadiku (1996). Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Nigeria. Africa World Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-865-4328-33. https://books.google.com/books?id=bOdSMvlA7zsC&pg=PA134&lpg=PA134&dq=. 

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