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August: Nollywood actress holds free Yoruba summer classes for children

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Feyikemi Niyi Olayinka with children


The fifth edition of the yearly free Yoruba Summer classes for children organised by the actress and broadcast journalist, Feyikemi Niyi-Olayinka’s Mothers Support Mother Tongue Initiative (Awon Iya Ti Nfi Ede Abinibi Ko Awon Omo) will beginon Monday, August 5, 2019.

The two-week programme for children age three to 14 will hold at Lagos Progressive Primary School on Mba Street, Off Tafawa Balewa Street, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos daily and is free to all interested participants.

The summer classes will feature Yoruba poetry, songs, recitals and numbers among others with renowned facilitators including, Akeem Lasisi, Edaoto Agbeniyi, Asake Jojolo Akewi, Alagba Fadeyi Abayomi, Adewale Odumo popularly known as Akara Oogun and TV presenter, Olabisi Daramola.

A novelty that Niyi-Olayinka and her collaborators have added to this year’s edition is a class for parents interested in polishing their knowledge of the Yoruba language. Professional guidance counsellors will also be on the ground for parents and young adults who need counselling during the summer classes.

Explaining the inclusion of parents, the actress and broadcast journalist disclosed, “since we commenced the free summer Yoruba classes in 2015, we realised that some parents were also interested in what we were doing. After dropping their children, some of the parents would stay back and participate in the activities with them. Some parents interested in polishing their knowledge of the language then approached us to include them in our preparations. This year, we decided to heed their call by having a special class for them.”

She added that parents shouldn’t bother about what their children would eat during the summer classes, as provision would be made for them with the help of supporters of the initiative.

Niyi-Olayinka said, “just bathe, dress and give your children breakfast. Bring them to our classes, and we will do the rest. We have made arrangements for snacks for them with the help of our supporters, and we will appreciate if other supporters including corporate organisations can come on board to join in our quest of ensuring that the Yoruba language doesn’t go into extinction. I assure participants of a very fruitful and interesting time at the classes.”

First held in 2015, the yearly Free Yoruba Summer classes for children is one of the ways through which the Mothers Support Mother Tongue Initiative is propagating the use and knowledge of the Yoruba language.


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