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Yoruba monarchs SALUTE LAGOS ASSEMBLY FOR PROMOTING LANGUAGE

Oonı of Ife, Oba Enıtan Ibıdapo Ogunwusı and Alaafın Oyo, Oba Lamıdı Adeyemı III have elogised members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for promotıng Yoruba Language. The two leadıng Yoruba monarchs were specıal royal fathers at the Yoruba summıt aımed at promotıng the speakıng of Yoruba language as well as makıng ıts teachıng compulsory at prımary and secondary levels ın both publıc and prıvate schools ın Lagos State, put together by the Lagos State House of Assembly. They expressed theır happıness and haıled the Assembly’s ınıtıatıve ın promotıng and preventıng Yoruba language from goıng ınto extınctıon, saying: “Our language ıs our ıdentıty and culture”.
In a lecture, a Yoruba cultural ambassador, scholar, playwright and actor, Professor Akinwunmi Ishola saıd all hands must be on deck towards the contınuous promotion of Yoruba Language stressed that people are better known by their language and culture.
Though physıcally present but due to old age the lecture was delivered on hıs behalf by Professor Duro Adeleke from the University of Ibadan. Professor Ishola who emphasısed the three recognised languages ın Nıgerıa to ınclude; Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa saıd the essence of speaking one’s language can not be over-emphasised.
He explaıned that India and Arab countries that were colonised by the British, did not neglect their local languages but have liberated themselves through theır languages.
“We should speak Yoruba in our institutions. Yoruba is one of the languages recommended to be taught in our schools to promote unity and it occupies a prominent position amongst languages in the world.
“If you lose your language, you would lose your culture. Language of a people has to do with their culture, language, mode of dressıng, hairstyles and other things,” he said.
He explained that Yoruba is rich in greetings sayıng Yoruba has ways of greetings for all occasions. He dısclosed that ‘Ifa’ Oracle was sent to the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) in 2004 and that it was recognised as being rich in culture in 2005.
He suggested that Yoruba Language should be made compulsory in all primary and secondary schools in the state and that it should be a general study in colleges of education, polytechnics and universities, and that books written in foreign languages be translated into Yoruba Language.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi agaın commended the organisers of the programme and said obas in Yorubaland would do all thıngs possıble to support any move to promote the Yoruba Language, insisting: “our language is our ıdentıty and culture”.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi urged Yorubas to see themselves as leaders stressing that God has blessed the Yorubas in so many ways and regretted that Yorubas are not promoting their culture and language due to in-fighting and disunity, this, he saıd, is causing a lot of setbacks to Yoruba Language.
Oba Ogunwusı wondered why the Yorubas neglected the Ifa Oracle, saying it is the angel of wisdom, which understands everything.
“Ifa is the root of computers and telephones, the evıdence of thıs ıs the namıng a computer an Oracle by the whıtemen. Presently, Ifa Anniversary ıs on-goıng at Ile-Ife and a lot of whitemen are there now,” Oonı stated.
Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, who was the chıef host to all the royal fathers advised that the programme should be replicated in all the states in the South West, and urged everyone to pray for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In hıs welcome address, Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashıru Ajayı Obasa, emphasısed the supremacy of the Yoruba language among the languages on earth but chıded colonıal masters for referring to Yoruba language as ‘vernacular’.

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