Experts task Yoruba on culture
In a bid to revive the Yoruba culture and language, experts have tasked indigenes to practice the culture and speak the language as a way of transferring them to their children.
The call was made at the maiden edition of Reviving Yoruba Literature and Culture through Book Reading event held at Gbagada in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Olalere Adegoke observed that most Yoruba people have abandoned their culture for foreign cultures, saying instead of speaking Yoruba language to their children and wards, they prefer to speak English language.
According to the author, “this shows we have lost our culture, dialect and may soon lose our identity.”
He said, “through speaking and reading in our mother tongue, we learn more about our culture and traditions, which foster unity.”
He also launched his book titled, Agadagodo, written in Yoruba language. The book talks about a boy, Feyi, who decided to enjoy life while young, instead of working hard. He later impregnated a girl, Juliana, but denied the pregnancy. The child died after birth for lack of care, causing Juliana to place a curse on Feyi, which later took effect and caused him to suffer.
Also speaking, the General Manager of Bond FM, Adenike Adegoke, said children needed to be educated on the importance of culture and dialect.
Adenike stated that children have a quick adaptive brain and as a result our local languages should be taught at early stage of ones life.
She explained that education is the bedrock of a country’s development, urging the public to constantly read books, newspapers and other educative materials.
The former CEO of Oando Petroleum Company, Taiwo Gaji, equally urged parents to teach children their local language including foreign, as the importance would be seen in the future.