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Write Your Own Oriki and Join the #OrikiChallenge!

What’s an oríkì? An oríkì is a Yoruba greeting of the word orí meaning “head” and kì meaning “to greet or praise”. In the first chapter of my book, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, I talk about the importance of writing an oríkì– your personal hype mantra!

whats an oriki?

You’ve seen it on Game of Thrones! Daenerys is introduced as Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen. First of Her Name. The Un-burnt. Queen of the Andals and the First Men. Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. Breaker of Chains. Mother of Dragons.” THAT IS SUCH AN ORÍKÌ! Didn’t you feel gassed up on her behalf anytime they introduced her? I know I did. That’s what it is for!

Watch this short video explaining what an oríkì is and how to make your own #ORIKICHALLENGE with the help of my aunt, Bunmi, and a few pop culture icons!

An oríkì is a Yoruba greeting that praises you through your kinship and speaks life to your destiny. Reciting my oríkì 👏🏾 gets 👏🏾 me 👏🏾 hype! It reminds me of who I am, where I come from, and what I represent. It is a standing ovation for my spirit. Everyone should have one!

Write Your Oríkì

Follow this formula to create your very own.

Check out this example of mine.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones oriki template

Here’s my full oríkì.

luvvie ajayi jones oriki

Now add on to it and make it your own!

create your own oriki

When you’re done brag about it! Download our printable so you can write it down and display it on your mirror or frame it. It would even make an awesome Instagram bio!

Read it daily for self-affirmation and fight the fear of getting to know yourself by declaring your very own oríkì!

I delve into the art of creating oríkìs and the importance of knowing yourself in chapter one of my book, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual. Get your copy today at 📕 #OrikiChallenge

Join the #OrikiChallenge!

I tapped into my LuvvCousins in LuvvNation and they are killing the #OrikiChallenge!

Check out these POWERFUL examples.

Paula Jean House of Shelton. First of Her Name. Slayer of Sarcasm. Writer of Words. Warrior of Prose. Educator of Crumb-Snatchers. Eternally Englewood. Mother of Magnificence.

Tracy Susan of House Lunquist. First of her Name. Seeker of Truth. Avatar of Authenticity. Maker of Magic. Aspiring Antiracist. Heartfelt Hugger. Church Witch. Displaced Midwesterner. Comforter of the Afflicted. Afflicter of the Comfortable

LaMonica of House Ross. First of Her Name. Healer of Souls. Enchantress of the Arts. Perfector of Grammar. Connoisseur of Music

Nichole of House Wesson. First of Her Name. Champion of Chances. Superhero of Strategies. Opponent of Old Thinking. Visualizer of Visions. Diplomat of Diversity. Proponent of Purpose.

Renée Yvonne of House Moore. First of her name. Sexologist of Gen Xers. Countess of Creativity. Generator of Ideas. Kitchen Culinarian. Entertaining Elocutioner. DC Dweller. Empress of E-biking.

Oluwatomiyin of house Adewumi. Grand princess of house Abogan. First of her name. Chief hospitality officer. Adversity bender. Warrior queen. Walks through fire, not burnt. Passes through water, not drowned. Hell has no power. Sickness has no sting. Truth speaker. Life lover.

Rhonda Ometa from the House of Patrick. Second of her name. Giver of Light. Bearer of Peace. Seer of genuine spirits. Spirit of empathy

Valerie of House Alfisi. First of her name. Sorceress of Sarcasm. Mad awesome Mom. Conqueror of books. Keeper of kiddos.

Shadeyah Treneak of House Shelton. First of her Name. Queen of Patience. Fierce Warrior. Conquerer of Battles. Raiser of Future Leaders. Duchess of Storytelling. Master of Multitasking. Queen of Shelton-Smith Dynasty. Keeper of Everyone’s Shit Together. Expert of Efficiency. Queen of the Radio. Master of Mothering. Queen of Organization.

Vantasia Valerie of House Joe. First of her name. Sorcerer of knowledge. Caretaker of the unrest. Dancer of the night. Poetic words
Giver of love. Empathic Queen. Black Girl Magic. Keeper of secrets. Open door. Midwestern vibes.

Oneishia Chante’ of House Heard. First of Her Name. Student of the Universe. Vessel of Vulnerability. Courier of Compassion.
Usher of Understanding. High Conscious Creative. Mapper of Minds. Infinite Improver. Luminous Lightworker. Conqueror of the Dark.

Hattie Loretta of House Brown. First Daughter and Carrier of her Ancestors’ Names. Master Potato Salad Maker. Rebel Christian
Grown and Nerdy Bookbabe. Theatre Maven. Getter down to the bottom of things.

Yessss! Gas yourself up and read more about the importance of knowing yourself in chapter one of my book, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual. Get your copy today at

Aiight! Lemme see yours. Tag me to your oríkì by using @Luvvie and #OrikiChallenge on social media.

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