Igi nla the Mysterious tree

It’s also called Asorin in Yoruba language. It’s bark and root are widely used in the preparation of potent charms. it’s gotten by approaching the tree from a distance, while a live rooster is thrown at it after series of incantation.

No human being can survive approaching it ordinarily. My mother had first hand experience of witnessing her father High chief Odunwo Agunbiade of Ile-Oluji getting the bark while she watched from a distance.

It’s leaves never touches the ground..cobwebs are woven around it’s top where all dead leaves drop. No grass or living things grow under it or within its radius. If any bird touches it, it dies instantly. So also other living things. That’s why no other big plant is seen around it.

No one dare approach it beyond a certain distance. It talks and when its help is spiritually sought, it sends an emissary in the form of its fig to accompany the petitioner. This is accompanied by a loud clap of thunderous sound.

In some Yoruba incantations, it’s said that…..Igikigi kii dari so Asorin. Bi Sango ba pa araba, to ba pa Iroko bi ti’gi nla ko…

The tree is so rare but still exist in Amere, Iwo.


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Urbanologist, Geographer, Traditionalist and Oral historian. ​I am a versatile, personable, computer literate and goal – driven achiever. I have good communication skill with ability to interact at different levels. I am self –motivated, can easily assimilate new ideals and quite adaptive to work in different environments. Studied in University of Jos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Calabar.

17 thoughts on “Igi nla the Mysterious tree

  1. Thanks to this post I now I have a DEEPER understanding of this yoruba saying or incantation as the case maybe “Igikigi kii dari so Asorin. Bi Sango ba pa araba, to ba pa Iroko bi ti’gi nla ko”.
    Though it would be lovely to see a picture of the tree tagged to this post assuming it is possible.

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      1. lol ¿Nefarious consequences? Oh my God! Enough with such fallacy to seek to impress and terrorize people! the tree of Àṣúnrín (Igi Nla) is the Okoubaka aubrevillei because they insist on terrorizing people? instead of culturizing people!


    1. If you want to see Igi Nla, go to a town called Ilogbo in Ekiti. Ijero Local govt. Ask of the tree. You will be shown.
      Warning: Do not go there on your own otherwise ……………….

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  2. Thanks for this revelation. Your explanation is exactly thesame with my father’s description of the tree.(Asorin). Sir kindly uploaded it picture if you can, it will even give more light to the explanation. God bless you.

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  3. Sir, thank u for adding to our knowledge, can someone pay visit to d place where d tree is grown? and does d tree grow like other trees?


  4. Thank u soo much for this,My Father just told me the story just now and instantly i searched for it nd saw this article, It matched exactly what he said about the tree, same words and explanation, He was even surprised.There are lot of mysterious things in Yoruba Land. More sirr

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  5. I’ve heard so much about this tree. Pls Sir, how can the bark & the leaves be used for healing? And how can somebody seek for spiritual help from it?

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  6. Exactly the way my late grand father described the tree to me, which was buttressed through investigation from a friend (older though) from Ekiti state. Here, the same was said about the mysterious tree.
    I was making an investigation into this tree because of a piece of writing work I am doing which has to do with it. It is a pity that I only learn about this tree through oral tradition, i don’t where and how it can be seen. Thank u so much sir

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  7. I was once told by my late Grand Mum about a tree like this. She was asked to get a leaf of it for a healing process, The Elders described where it could be found in ”Idoani”, and after a thorough search She found the tree in a very tick forest in ”Idoani” but a her surprise, non of it’s leave could be found and pick merely from the ground all were raped by cobwebs on top the tree.
    As an Elderly woman who also prepared herself before she embarked on such journey. She did all she was asked to do before she can get access to the leaf with strict warning never to allow the leaf to touch the ground. Eventuall, one dropped and She has to spread her rapper on the ground to catch it were the leaf drop it was a mysterious indeed.
    Really the the cobwebs woven round the branches to take all dried and dead leaf supposing to fall down to the ground each season and during heavy harmattan the heavy storm will lift all the dead leafs and thrown to a deep sea no matter the distance.
    A mysterious tree indeed Igi – Asorin.

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