“The new Yeyeluwa wasn’t stepping on blood but Camwood”, that was the reaction from the OOni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi after it was assumed that the new Olori stepped on blood as part of her marriage rites.
Honestly, that would be my first time of hearing the word “Camwood” and so I decided to make a little research on it and share with people like me.
The Camwood, Baphia nitida, (Oosun in Yoruba) also known as African sandalwood, is a shrubby, leguminous, hard-wooded tree from central west Africa. The powder is extracted by crushing the tree into a paste and the water is left to evaporate, leading to the powdery form.
It is very important to know that aside being used in the Yoruba marriage tradition, (just like the case of the Olori), the extract is also used in some soaps, skin and hair treatments.
And just so you know, the Oosun also has some side effects. It may leave some allergies on some people’s skin, like itching, redness, hives, and other side effects.