Ethnobotanical Garden

Yorubaland is home to the Yoruba, the largest ethnic group in southwest Nigeria. Use of indigenous plants for health and healing has been passed down from generation to generation of Yoruba. This ancient system is known as Ifa, the path of divination, and a practitioner is called babaláwo, father of ancient wisdom. Yoruba beliefs and culture are no longer confined to Yorubaland. Over 200 years ago, people from this region of West Africa were taken as slaves to the New World. Enduring untold hardships, they retained their physical strength and indomitable spirit through these traditional practices and incantations. In the Caribbean they gave rise to Santería, a new belief system that spread to the United States. Medicinal plants are still at the heart of these beliefs, preserving something of the West African rainforest in the urban jungle of American cities.

The Ethnobotanical Garden is beside the Botanical Nursery. It aims to:

  • cultivate, propagate, and display plants of practical and cultural importance to the Yoruba

  • increase awareness of native plants, their uses and conservation

  • provide materials and information for training, education and research

  • organise guided walks and hire of the garden for enjoyment of Yoruba plant heritage

The Ethnobotanical Garden was developed by the IITA Forest Project, funded by the Leventis Foundation 2010-2014. Further support was received in 2012 from Ibadan International School, which donated proceeds of a sponsored “mathbuster” challenge, and from the Kakofoni Arts Foundation which held a fund-raising “Reforestation Ball” at the Muson Centre, Lagos. The event was organised by Elder Chief (Mrs) Josephine Oboh-Macleod with support from Chief Norman Core MacLeod, media environmentalist Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, interior designer Mrs Zusi Ward, and fashion designer Mrs Osuare Egbuonu. Mr Festus Olumese was also a donor at this event.

Picture of Ethnobotanical GardenPicture of Guinea pepper, Ata-ire Aframomum melagueta
Ethnobotanical Garden
Our address

IITA Headquarters
PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001, Oyo State, Nigeria.


            Johfrim Art & Design

Charity Auction Titled – ‘Metamorphosis’

Took Place at

Akorita (Spirit of Motherhood) Charity ball, Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotel & Country Club, Norwich, United Kingdom on 11th November, 2017.



This was a successful event that raised money for breast cancer. 

Painting – Sisi Eko by Mba.

Johfrim Art & Design supported the event by donation several Artworks and other items for auction. The proceed was given to Akorita charity. They included this painting and sculpture.

Sculpture – African Venus de Milo by Abdul Haliru


Milngavie Week Photography Competition.

Our creative director Johfrim (Josephine Oboh-Macleod) was honoured to be a judge a Milngavie week photography exhibition. Over 80 beautiful photographs.



Facilitates Art & Well-being at places such as Abbotford Suites, Milngavie & Antoine Care Home, Glasgow Scotland, United Kingdom.





Assists with Gardening at Baldernock Childcare Garden, Balmore & Glasgow Academy, Milngavie, Glasgow Scotland.



Co-coordinated Ghana Independence Day on 6th March, 2018 at TAAC with Chief Amu.


Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner.

Venue – The Hilton Hotel Glasgow,

1 William St,

Glasgow G3 8HT

on Friday 24 August, 2018

The monies raised is to go primarily towards erecting a statue of Nelson Mandela at Mandela place in Glasgow, city center.

This is a very worthy cause to immortalise the work of Nelson Mandela and others like him.

Johfrim donated her painting title African Queen which went on a silent auction.

If you want to join in the campaign to carry forward the legacy of Nelson Mandela please contact the foundation.


Lambhill Stable in conjunction with TAAC & Johfrim Art and Design

Presents an Art exhibition titled Crescendo as part of the celebration to commemorate Lambhill stable open day & Black history month.

Venue –Lambhill Stable. 

11 Canal Bank North, Glasgow, G22 6RD

Date – 21th Sept, 2018 to 31th  Octt, 2018.

Time – 11am to 4pm

Admission Free

Refreshment to be provided at a reasonable price



Johfrim Art and Design

Presents an Art exhibition titled Nigeria, The Giant of Africa as part of the celebration to commemorate Nigerian Independent day & Black history month.

Venue – Johfrim Art & Design Studios.

 26A Station Road,

Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8HN

Date – Monday, 1st Oct, to 31st Oct, 2018.

Time – 1pm – 5pm

Admission Free

Refreshment to be provided

This was a very Successful Exhibition done in collaboration with JOM Charity (SCIO)  for the benefit of the resident of Abbotford Suites Care home in Milngavie.

I at JOM Charity, Glasgow, Tales by Moonlight & Stars African Storytelling section at Glasgow Academy, Milngavie. We read African Tale of Creation, from Ancient Yoruba Kingdom of Nigeria. Read some African Proverbs and Sayings. During question time the children got the answers right. What a bright lot. We ended the section with a jam session of African percussion instruments and my beloved talking drum, singing songs from Ancient Kingdom of Ishan & Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. The session reminded me of story time with my parents when I was growing up. I learnt a lot from it. The Children are Our Future. Let’s invest quality time with them



We supported the annual New Yam/New-Year Festival called Ukpe in Emu Kingdom, Ishan, Edo State, Nigeria.  It is a very colourful celebration showcasing the best of our traditional dancing Igbaboneriphrin (acrobatic dance and music in praise of our ancestors) and Ogbodu (Masquerade) . The aim is to encourage these dancers and musicians to promote and nurture their culture and heritage. There are competitions  used as a training ground to train especially the youth to continue their traditional music and dance culture.

Elder Chief Josephine Oboh-MacLeod
Adonor of Emu Kingdom
Atayese of Ikateland, Elegushi, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
The Iyanriphrin (Mother of the Igbaboneriphrin) of Akhiophen, Emu Kingdom, Ishan, Edo State, Nigeria.





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