In a bid to revive Yoruba language in Lagos,
Nigeria, Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá, a cultural and
literary enthusiast, developed Yorùbá LákỌ̀tun, an event aimed at cultural and
literary renaissance. The first edition took place at Ethnic Heritage Center,
Ikoyi, Lagos over the weekend.
The center is a language training hub for
people who are interested in learning and gaining proficiency in the three
Nigerian languages, namely Yorùbá, Hausa, Igbo languages while French is the
international language that people can be learnt there.
Ọmọ-Ọba Olúṣẹ̀san Ajewọlé, the special
guest, whose book is currently being used by West African Examinations Council
for Yoruba literature, Igbeyin Lalayo Nta,
was delighted to speak to an audience of Yorùbá enthusiasts who want the
language to survive despite the westernization of the African psyche.
Ajewọlé made reference to the experiment
done by Prof Wande Abimbola some decades ago in which children were equipped
with their mother tongue and they excelled also in English language. He urged
participants to keep the language alive with fervour.
The depth of Yoruba language was also brought
to the fore by Akin Ogundokun
Winrínwinrìn, the performer poet for the day, he sang the praises of
the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Atanda Adeyemi III and other towns.
were a lot of cultural enthusiasts in attendance which cut across corporate and
social Nigeria. The event was done in purely in Yorùbá language
and the ambience was quite rustic in nature.
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