An Akudaaya according to the Yorubas, is a person that journeys to a new place to start a life after being confirmed dead in a previous place.
According to them, this happens when someone dies untimely; they begin to roam the earth until they settle in a place far from where they lived when they were alive.
It is a key Yoruba belief and many accounts of people who died and went on to live elsewhere have been narrated orally for generations.
The Akudaayas start to lead seemingly normal lives and never reveal themselves to anyone in their past lives except through dreams.
The existence of the Akudaaya is usually ends in a place when someone who knew them in their former life discovers them. They simply relocate to another place and continues living there until found out by someone that knows them. But they behind things they had during that time, e.g. children they may have had before they were found out.
Unconfirmed stories have it that Akudaayas used to congregate in a market in Ile-Ife at night. However, this has stopped as the trees in the area were felled due to modernization.