Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun, promoting indigenous language in Nigeria
Yoruba Lákọ̀tun, promoting indigenous language in Nigeria On April 14, 20161:33 amIn News, The ArtsComments By Prisca Sam-Duru When Adesewa Oyinkansola, student of Yaba College of Technology Secondary School, performed two poems in Yoruba language to the delight of the audience at the quarterly cultural programme, Yoruba Lakotun, the applause that followed proved that her dexterity was highly appreciated. YABATECH main gate YABATECH The applause turned into a standing ovation when she said, “I challenged my Mum that I do not want to be a stranger to my culture. My Mum agreed and today, I prefer to read my Yoruba Bible and wear Yoruba clothes.” Her performance paved way for discussions and lamentations of how Nigerians are fast losing their indigenous languages to those of foreigners. It was however, observed that Parents are responsible for creating a gap between children and their roots through the systematic neglect of their indigenous language. Speaking at the cultural event hosted by Olutayo Irantiola last week at the Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, Mr Ayoade Okedokun, author of Ika Abamo, Omo Elede and other books in Yoruba and English languages, said, “there are certain words that cannot be translated into Yoruba language because it has no equivalent in English and vice versa. He lamented that “Parents pay schools to teach the children English language, while the children should learn Yoruba language from their parents and immediate community.