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Brazil adopts Yoruba as official language

By The Nigerian Voice

The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country.

NewsmakersNG was told in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture, Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.

The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.

According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.

The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.

Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date.

Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.

According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.

According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.

Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.

NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.

A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.

According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.

He said, “Most of the cultures and traditions in evidence in Brazil are all of the heritages brought along to the Latin American country by the majority Yoruba families, victims of the BARCO NEGREIROS, the NEGRO BOAT that forcefully brought the enslaved West Africans to Brazil in the 13th century. The Yoruba heritage that represents the majority of the African cultural practices in Brazil today is having several words in Yoruba roots. Akara, Dendê, Iyalode, Babalawo, Iyalawo and lots more are all derived from the Yoruba roots.”

-irohin oodua-

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Babatunde Oyetayo | 9/10/2018 1:33:00 PM
Wow! this is great. Sebi ile ni adie ki i ti i n'iyi, ti o ba de ita banta-banta ni iye re. Viva Brazilia!
Yomi lawal | 9/10/2018 4:57:00 PM
Sunday Oretuyi | 9/11/2018 8:39:00 AM
waa rimin pa omo Yoruba to gbayi.
Dorcas Faparusi | 9/12/2018 1:38:00 AM
I'm overwhelmed with joy as Brazilian recognise language yoruba as one of their official language. I'm a very proud yoruba woman who has been fighting some Nigerian yoruba families for not allowing their children to speak and understand their language. It's a pity that these attitude were so common with so called educated families. Indian Chinese Jewish Arab and so on ensure their children learn and speak their language. I hope this messages reach our yoruba leaders back home . Oluwa seun.
Soji | 9/12/2018 4:08:00 AM
I am not proud to say I fall in that category. How can we get help to help the younger generations?
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:38:00 AM
Michael | 9/12/2018 11:44:00 AM
Tanx soo much Am also some one that always fighting people in my area to b letting their children speak Yoruba And tak it important... I live in Germany And many yoruba that ve children also don't allow their children to speak Yoruba too And I really hate it
Oluwaseyi | 9/12/2018 4:54:00 PM
I hope our kings stand up for what's right for the future ,one eko,he had called out of it,I hope others kings join him for advocate for it
Owuye | 9/12/2018 3:42:00 PM
Terrance Watson | 9/12/2018 10:11:00 PM
Some justice would be better
Oluwayimika Kehinde | 12/10/2018 2:21:00 PM
It's a great thing to know that the Yoruba language had gained prominence in far away Brazil. I am happy and proud to be a Yoruba. The first African language translation of the Holy Bible was done in Yoruba. Brazil shall remain blessed for this giant step. Yorubas in Nigeria and abroad take note.
Olayemi Marinho | 9/10/2018 2:42:00 PM
What a great acknowledgement in Brazil, Viva
Chief Andrew Araromi | 9/10/2018 3:49:00 PM
A million thanks Mr Adeyinka Olaiya . We the Yorubas in Diaspora will mobilise to promote Yoruba in Brasil. Do this is a task that must be done. This is an indirect appeal to our esteemed traditional Rulers. Chairman NIDOE Spain.
Mr. Mikaila Olaleye | 9/10/2018 5:09:00 PM
Can any one link me up with this country I want to visit am living it.
Ogunlowo Omikunle | 9/10/2018 5:16:00 PM
Yorubas are beloved of God of Heaven........ Honour and majesty belong to God for the Yorubas both in Yoruba Nation and diaspora! O ti se se o!
Taiwo Ogundipe | 9/10/2018 7:24:00 PM
Ede Yoruba dun dun dun !!! Three “Gbosa” To Brazil Gbosa, Gbosa, Gbosa!!!
Bola Oyetoro | 9/10/2018 8:13:00 PM
Yoruba ti daraba ooooo, nile , loko lehin odi ati ni gbogbo agbaye.E je ka ti awon oluko akomolade lehin lati fun awon omo wa ni eko to peye.
Abiola Balogun | 9/10/2018 8:44:00 PM
Wow! Proud to be Yoruba! Nitooto,ayanfe eledua ni eya Yoruba je! Ogo fun Olorun
Soji | 9/12/2018 4:11:00 AM
👍👍👍mo gbadun ede yi pupo. Odun gbo, Odun so.
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:39:00 AM
Dayọ̀ �k�nm� | 9/10/2018 8:32:00 PM
Your comment....If it was successfully executed in Benin Republic where we have reasonable number of INDIGENOUS Yoruba people, it is long overdue in Brazil. We expect this to be replicated in Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, and even, America where Yoruba is taught as a course in almost twenty eight universities.
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:41:00 AM
You can imagine, Yoruba is being taught in overseas but most of our children can not speak here in Nigeria. You'll here them saying, I hear but I can't speak, what a rubb**h 💀
Omo yoruba | 9/10/2018 8:56:00 PM
It just hurts so much that we as yoruba’s From Nigeria are begining to let go of our language and culture. Some parents and schools forbid children from speaking yoruba and a primary language. Even the “Ami ohun” is not taught in most secondary schools anymore. How are we supposed to retain a language and culture when it’s not passed down to younger generations?
Abiola Sanni, FCA | 9/11/2018 2:41:00 PM
You have brilliantly touched on issues that are overwhelmingly dear to my heart - even with very few words. Thanks a lot. I wish beyond words can permit me that all these issues are addressed quickly becuase it is becoming TOO late. Even my nephews and nieces in IBADAN[!] do not speak Yoruba not to talk of embracing Yoruba folklore and cultural history! PLEASE, LET US ALL MAKE IT A BIG DEAL WITH OUR CHILDREN, COUSINS, NEPHEWS AND NIECES WHERE EVER IN THE WORLD THEY ARE. It is our heritage.
Nikki | 9/11/2018 11:47:00 PM
God bless u
Soji | 9/12/2018 4:16:00 AM
Amo o, pelu pelu, oyinbo na lesin nso. Ejoo, eso yoruba ka gbo, ka kaa.
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:46:00 AM
Ododo oro Ni e so, gbogbo awa ti a nsoro ede Oyinbo ni opololopo wa na nso. Keyboard Yoruba tiwa nisiyin sugbon ti a batunle teramo mima ko letter ni Yoruba, Nokia phone abawa se ede Yoruba ti o ma fi ami si awon letter wa fun kika. Yoruba ni eleru ni ma ngbe nibi ti owiwo
Oluwayimika Kehinde | 12/10/2018 2:33:00 PM
O seun gan Soji fun akiyesi nla yi. Gbogbo wa nii lati ko awon omo wa ni ede yoruba ki ama ba padanu l'ojo iwaju. Ki Oluwa ran wa lowo Amin
Abdulkareem Dauda ilorin. | 9/12/2018 12:01:00 PM
"orisa ti aba fi han omo yio parun, Opo yorubas loti ko ifaseyin ba ede abinibi,ni ipa pe won ki so ede yoruba si omo won. 2.ibaje patagba ni ki yoruba ti owala si eke kotun mo fo ede geesi si omo iyare ni ofisi(office) Eleyi gbajumo laarin awon olopa.
Lagada-Abayomi | 9/10/2018 9:49:00 PM
it was the high time that Yoruba should wake up and be proactive to their language and culture. This is a big encouragement
Oluwasegun shobowale | 9/10/2018 10:04:00 PM
The existence of yorubas in other countries makes me feel we found ourselves lost family and we need to embrace and feel there existence..
Olutoyin Ogunmuyiwa | 9/10/2018 10:37:00 PM
Are the Yorubas of the moment preserving the ethical language posterity in the trend of English speaking ethics at every homes like living with foreigners?
Olatoye ogundele | 9/10/2018 10:52:00 PM
Wow that's a good news
olabisiprince | 9/10/2018 11:04:00 PM
Yoruba rich in culture,though out of 100% brazilians yoruba is 45%..Confirm
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:48:00 AM
You can imagine, even in our country here in Nigeria, Yoruba is not up to that
Kareem Oduntan | 9/10/2018 11:19:00 PM
Gbogbo wa e je ka pa owo po ki ajose oo Oluwa a ranwa lowo o(collectively we shall do this May God help us).
Olasunkanmi | 9/12/2018 9:49:00 AM
Amin ase
Tony sikuade. | 9/11/2018 12:21:00 AM
It was tremendous. I really appreciate that. Let us keep it up like that. God bless Brasilia people.
Olakunle Kingston Sa | 9/11/2018 1:21:00 AM
Awa omo Yoruba,awa ni Ani asha ati iyi ti o lewa ju lo ni gbogbo agban la aye.Aso iyi wa o si ni faya.
Oluwayemi | 9/11/2018 1:31:00 AM
Ko si omo hausa tabi omo ibo ti ko mo hausa abi ibo so lati pinnisin. Sugbon awa ti a pe ara wa ni Yoruba, ako ati igi itayin ni a so ede abinibi wa da. Olorun yoo darijin wa Amin. Brazilian people, thank you for appreciating and adopting our rich Yoruba language. I celebrate you guys powerfully.
Oluwaseyi | 9/11/2018 1:41:00 AM
This is good news I pray so in Jesus name Ami......
Gbenga Shogbesan | 9/11/2018 2:47:00 AM
This is brilliant! I was in Rio de Janiero and Paraty a few years ago. Went to a couple of festivals etc. Would love to visit Salvador. And as a traditional drummer and percussionist the possibilities for intercultural fusion is hugely appealing. Viva Brazil. Viva the Yoruba mother tongue and Viva the Yoruba father land. Viva!!!
Opadoja Dele | 9/11/2018 4:38:00 AM
This is Wonderful, a good news indeed. Iroyin ayo ni too to.
Sonola. Akinlawon. | 9/11/2018 5:09:00 AM
I am not surprised, that Yoruba Language is being taken to in Brazil, they've been on it for a long period of time, it makes me happy and excited.Oludumare Eleda Orun ati Aiye afi ase si (Amin) Modupe Oluwo.
Ogundipe Oludare | 9/11/2018 8:14:00 AM
Ohun iwuri nlanla ni eyi je fun Iran Yoruba.
Lanihun Nike | 9/11/2018 8:24:00 AM
Whaao! Interesting! Am proud to be a Yoruba .
Sunday Oretuyi | 9/11/2018 8:46:00 AM
Your's high time Yoruba have her distinct nation. Oduduwa! odutodawa, distinguished from other ethnic groups in Nigeria. Olodumare had blessed Oduduwa.
Bola | 9/11/2018 9:44:00 AM
Wow nice one up Yoruba
'Deyẹmi Oyinloye | 9/11/2018 11:07:00 AM
�go Yor�b� ti d�. �s�k� n�� t� t� iy� Yor�b� y�� yọ. Yor�b� d'�mọ́lẹ̀ �k�nk�n k� r� i b� mọ́. Viva Brasilia! Viva la Yor�b�!!
'Deyẹmi Oyinloye | 9/11/2018 11:14:00 AM
Ogo Yoruba ti de. Asiko naa to ti iyi Yoruba yoo yọ. Yoruba d'imọlẹ okunkun ko ri i bo mọ. Viva Brasilia! Viva la Yoruba!!
Bale johnson oluwole | 9/11/2018 11:16:00 AM
God bless Brazil, God bless Nigeria,God bless Yorubas & yoruba language. Yorubas embrace our dialect everywhere & anywhere pls. Kudos to Brazil
OKE MATTHEW | 9/11/2018 11:24:00 AM
Wow! I'm so proud to be a Yoruba. E je ka gbe asa wa laruge Gbogbo omo Yoruba nile loko. Olodumare akowa mo nse ooo. Aseooo
Ojedapo olushina | 9/11/2018 11:49:00 AM
Ogo Yoruba ko ni womii, the most intellectual tribe in Nigeria
lukuman | 9/11/2018 11:56:00 AM
This is a lesson for us as Yoruba speaking communities.we should not allow foreign language to over power our own language.spaeks Yoruba to our children's at home......e karo .e kasan . e kale
Oyelade Grace | 9/11/2018 12:48:00 PM
Adupe lowo Olorun Oba to yan wa fe. Yoruba ride on..
Salami Akin Bashir | 9/11/2018 2:52:00 PM
Gbiyanju lati tu owe Yoruba ti a fi aami ori oro ko si i sale yii si ojulowo gboloun: Rere mi mi re remido, re dodo dodo mi Redomi domido, Redomi yege.
Joy yekini | 9/11/2018 3:35:00 PM
Wow am proud to be a Yoruba. We are outstanding among others
Ade Adeshuko | 9/12/2018 5:48:00 AM
9/11/2018 Irohin rere ni eyi je fun awon omo Yoruba ka kiri agba'ye. Awon enia ti ko ba le fi ede ibi 'le ilu re ro 'nu ko le da nkankan se ni aiye ti a wa yi. Eko pataki fun awon ti ko jeki awon omo won so ede Yoruba ni 'le ni ipinle ilu Naija. Awon baba ati Iya ti won ka' we sugbon ti won ko ka eyi ti fa ogbon yo. Bo ya ni awon Obi be le ka ookan titi de ogorun. Gegebi owe awon Agba, "Eni ti a nwo, ti oun na a nwo ran. Adie funfun ko ma 'ra re l' agba. E se pupo Enyin ojo 'gbon ilu Brazil. Osu su meta fun yin..Bakanna, ope pupo fun awon ojo 'gbon Alagba lati ilu Naija ti won wa ni idi eto na a.
Adeola Popoola | 9/11/2018 3:39:00 PM
Yoruba dun lede ati ni asa. E je ki awa omo Yoruba gbe asa wa laruge !
Prof. Fola Tayo | 9/11/2018 4:44:00 PM
It's gratifying to know that some people remember their roots with pride. Am impressed. It's high time we Africans throw away the shackles of slavery and colonialism and go back to basics teaching ourselves that education that does not recognise culture is the height of ignorance and st*p*dity. The white man brought his language and destroyed ours as Vernacular = obscene language .... may God punish them for this deceit. Amen. Thank you Brazil God bless you and enlarge your coast. May Africa arise and March on to victory. May God truncate every corrupt regime in Africa in Jesus name. Amen. And give us revivalists as leaders in Jesus name. Amen
Akinwande Florence | 9/12/2018 9:26:00 AM
Ile ni ati nko Eso rode. Owo awa Obi lowa lati maa so Yoruba si Omo wa lati kekere. Baba re nbo la fi nderu ba omode. Sugbon nigba to se, Iya yoo wipe Ma fejo re sun Tisa re. O tun, wa di wipe, maa fejo re sun Pasito re, tabi Alagba Ijo, nibayi, ti awon Omo miran so Asa Yoruba danu, ti won nrin nihoho Kiri, awon Obi miran , a wipe , Government lo faa, Ijoba nio Dara. E jeki awa Obi maa ki Omo wa lati kekere jojolo. Asa wa ko gbudo run Layelaye. E Seun
Akinwande Florence | 9/12/2018 9:26:00 AM
Ile ni ati nko Eso rode. Owo awa Obi lowa lati maa so Yoruba si Omo wa lati kekere. Baba re nbo la fi nderu ba omode. Sugbon nigba to se, Iya yoo wipe Ma fejo re sun Tisa re. O tun, wa di wipe, maa fejo re sun Pasito re, tabi Alagba Ijo, nibayi, ti awon Omo miran so Asa Yoruba danu, ti won nrin nihoho Kiri, awon Obi miran , a wipe , Government lo faa, Ijoba nio Dara. E jeki awa Obi maa ki Omo wa lati kekere jojolo. Asa wa ko gbudo run Layelaye. E Seun
Akinwande Florence | 9/12/2018 9:26:00 AM
Ile ni ati nko Eso rode. Owo awa Obi lowa lati maa so Yoruba si Omo wa lati kekere. Baba re nbo la fi nderu ba omode. Sugbon nigba to se, Iya yoo wipe Ma fejo re sun Tisa re. O tun, wa di wipe, maa fejo re sun Pasito re, tabi Alagba Ijo, nibayi, ti awon Omo miran so Asa Yoruba danu, ti won nrin nihoho Kiri, awon Obi miran , a wipe , Government lo faa, Ijoba nio Dara. E jeki awa Obi maa ki Omo wa lati kekere jojolo. Asa wa ko gbudo run Layelaye. E Seun
Camellia L | 9/11/2018 7:00:00 PM
Aboru aboye, greetings to everyone. Unfortunately, this information needs to be verified. I am an If� devotee with one hand of Orunmila, and I live in Brazil. I have spent the past couple hours searching and have not found one single article in Portuguese reporting this story. My boyfriend, who is Brazilian, called the Institute of African Studies mentioned above, and the employee there said that this did not happen. There appears to have been a serious misunderstandting, because it is only Nigerian sites that are reporting this story. :( I do wish that Yoruba culture and language would be taught at a national level, along with the other African cultures that have influenced Brazil. However, it does not appear to be the case.
YorubaSkeptic | 9/11/2018 9:53:00 PM
I tottally missed direct replies. In case you didn't see my older post. Can you explain what you mean by "devotee with one hand of Orunmila" ?
Olu Akinwale | 9/11/2018 8:28:00 PM
BRAZIL want to encourage and promote Yoruba language and culture. We Yoruba in Nigeria and the diapora are decimating the language. How many of our children do we encourage to speak the language. Same on us All!
YorubaSkeptic | 9/11/2018 9:52:00 PM
LOL, #fakenews I knew this story was too good to be true. Anyone familiar with Brazil, knows it doesn't embrace it's Black/African descendants which this fake news strongly contradicts. Thank you Camellia for confirming my suspicions. And spending time to verify this. I'm pretty confident you've done enough to confirm the story. By the way can you explain what you mean by "devotee with one hand of Orunmila" ??
Cycle | 9/12/2018 1:17:00 AM
Unfortunately, the language has been removed from curriculum of school private and public secondary schools
Yemarrow Minfrinso | 9/12/2018 3:04:00 AM
I am very excited to read this from Oodua News. If only the Brazilian Government can welcome any yoruba family who wanted to migrate to Brazil as their second home.😀
Olubukola Aya Akande | 9/12/2018 8:58:00 AM
Oriire nla ,Iroyin Ayo:;iroyin Idunnu gbaa re e.Ope now fun Eledumare, Oba gbogbo agbaye to je ki ere Yoruba di ILUMOOKA. Inu mi dun gan laaro you nigba yi mo ka iroyin yii. Ede Yoruba dara pupo; o kun fun asa orisiirisi ati eko to ye kooro fun igbe aye eda lati le gbe igbe aye omoluabi. Liaise aniani, Awon orileede Burasiili kare lai, mo yin won logo eni nitori won pataki ati iwulo Ede wa.Mo gbadura pe Olodumare a tubo maa ran won lowo. Eleyii pelu wa nba awa elede gan wi pe ka tubo naani ede wa nitori pe ohun a ba ni la n naani.E je ka gbe asa wa large.Ni Pataki awa obi e je ki a ran awon omo wa lowo lati gbo ede wa daadaa,no ye ki o je or Ede elede ni a n gbe laruge..Ede la fi nse ohun gbogbo ;ohun ni Ona ibanisoro to o kuna ti a maa nlo lati ba omolakeji wa soro;;0hun lo mu wa yato si eranko. Nitori naa;Iiwulo ede ko se e fowo ro seyin rara. "Egbe Agbasaga, tiwa lasa;tiwa lede omoluabi "
Sola Atere | 9/12/2018 12:23:00 PM
Inu mi dun si irohin yi. Ni igba ti mo koko lo si Brazil ni 1993 lati enu ona ati wole si inu ile itura (hotel) wa ni awon omo Birasili ti nko mi ni ede abinibi ti won si nbere nipa awon asa Yoruba lowo mi nitoripe won ri fila goobi ati aso ti mo wo. Oju fere ti mi wipe awon iran wa ti won wa loke okun ni won karamasiki ede abinibi ju awa ti a wa ni ipilese ede na. Be e na ni igba ti a lo si ile eko asa ati orisa ile Yoruba ni Brasilia. O ye ki awon ipinle Yoruba ki won pada lati ma a lo iwe ‘AWORERIN’ ti ile ise eto imo ma nfun awa omo ile eko alakobere ni aye AWOLOWO. Ki awon lobaloba wa ati awon olowo omo bibi Yoruba ki won gbe owo fun igbe dide eko Yoruba ni awon ile eko imo giga unifasiti. Ede Yoruba ko ni pare o ni igba tiwa. E seun o.
Iwa Olupo | 9/12/2018 12:23:00 PM
Nice one I hope our parents are both at home in Nigeria and Abroad teach their child/children how to speak yoruba
Sola Atere | 9/12/2018 12:27:00 PM
ATUNSE KEKERE: ... ti NKI mi ni ede abinibi ... NOT ...ti nko mi... E seun o.
Fasinro Olubisi | 9/12/2018 3:16:00 PM
Your comment....Is sad to know that some people are appreciating what belongs to you even more than you. Yoruba parents should cancel the trend of not speaking yoruba to their children. Let them know their ROOT and feel belonging to it. Oodua a gbe wa. E seun oooo.
olawin nafiu | 9/12/2018 10:10:00 PM
Your comment....odara lopolopo, I wish we emulate this in Nigeria,
Moriamo Ayinke | 9/12/2018 10:43:00 PM
Inu mi dun pupo lati gbo iroyin yi. Awon omo ilu miran ki so ede oyinbo ti won ba wa papo ki won ka iwe ju beelo. Mo ri eleyi kaakakiri. Ki lo wa n se awa omo Odudu iwa. Odudu iwa nitoripe iwa rere ni eso Oduduwa ni won se n pe ni Odudu iwa. E ko ti won ko mi lati kekere po repete Baba mi ni o ko mi ni leta Yoruba lati kekere. Ki se awon Oluko mi ni o koko komi. Awon Oluko mi naa ko mi lede yi ati asa wa. Sugbon lode oni a ki ko mo lasa mo. Omo Yoruba ki jale won ki wu iwa jagidijagan. Ai ko ni leko to ye koro lo maa n fa iru iwa bayi. Ni akotan oro temi, bi a ba ti n ko awon omo wa lede abinibi wa, ki a ma ko won ni iwa rere pelu re. Bi mo tile je Musulumi, mo ti gbo ese Ifa orisirisi ti a ti fi ko mi ni iwa rere lati kekere. Ki Olohun Oba to ni ohun gbogbo ki O ko wa mo se amin.
gbadetunde | 9/12/2018 11:44:00 PM
A Abimbola | 9/13/2018 12:32:00 AM
Some lesson to be learnt by our so call Yoruba elders. How do you explain to your children when you are watching a supposedly Yoruba event where the Are Ona Kakanfo and other notable Yoruba leaders were gathered in the UK and the medium of expression was English! My daughter called my attention to this. To say I was embarrassed is saying the least. Let's wake up
Bola Ramos | 9/13/2018 7:00:00 AM
Thank God I don't have to talk much about explaining that I am from the Brazilian Quarters of Lagos State. I can begin to refer to articles and all. The most exciting part of this, is that my family still has the Meboi Heritage/Carnival going till this day, a tradition they brought back with them in the 18th Century. I'm blessed that my father is still alive to see this day because he has suffered to keep the tradition going when everyone else backed out or almost signed it off for chicken change. Awesome stuff! Watch out for the Ramos Family Carnival coming soon.
Flakky | 9/13/2018 8:31:00 AM
Glad it happened
Adewale Emosu | 9/14/2018 10:01:00 AM
I am not surprised at this development. I was in Salvador, Bahia state in 2014 and I thought I was in Ibadan. I visited the market which was just like Oja'ba in Ibadan. What is more, I witnessed the live worship of one of the deities at Casabranca (White House), where the worshippers also sang in Yoruba: "Ogberi o mo, Ogberi o mo, obarisa re loke o, Ogberi o mo. As a journalist, I could not keep all this to myself, I wrote my story and the two-part five-page feature earned me awards, including the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist award, to the glory of God.
Omeniumeh Mary | 1/13/2019 6:10:00 PM
Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so; and a language is any specific example of such a system.
leprenu | 11/3/2019 8:45:00 PM
this is not true the only oficial language in brazil is the portuguese, a small group of people in the northeastern of brazil speak it, but the state dont recognize youruba as oficial