African Black Soap and Yoruba Women

Posted on October 28th 2015 by Joanne Joseph No Comments

imageYoruba women had an important role to play when it came to agriculture and trading in pre-colonial Yoruba land. Travelling near and far trading commodities such as peppers, tomatoes, vegetables and their hand crafted African Black Soap around West and East African in particularly Yoruba women made good use of western skills and adapted this into income generating ventures.

They travelled from Egypt tthrough to Yoruba land in Nigeria, Benin Republic and Togo and settled in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea trading and training women to make African Black Soap. They were known as ‘Pepper traders’ and the soaps they sold became known as ‘Pepper Traders Soap’ amongst the West African communities they settled.

Their children today make these soap in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and continue to sell their ancestors hand crafted soaps. African Black Soap is popularly made and sold in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

The different regions in West Africa now produce different soaps and call it ‘African Black Soap’.
We want to draw attention to the origin of this remarkable soap which is why we tell the story of Yoruba women who mingled amongst other tribes in Africa and settled in their regions passing their ingredients to their children and many who wanted to learn to make the soap.

Amori Skincare’s African Black Soap is made directly by children of Yoruba land. They use the age-old formula and production method (passed down from mother to daughter) to produce the famous and original African Black Soap in Yoruba communities of Nigeria, Benin Republic and Togo. This makes a significant difference In the soap being produced. The soap is authentic and genuinely pure and not mixed with new ingredients.


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