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Ooni of Ife (right) receiving an artwork from the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly

Ooni of Ife (right) receiving an artwork from the Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, OJaja II, has appealed to State Houses of Assembly in the South West to take a cue from the Lagos State House of Assembly in the promotion of Yoruba language and cultural heritage.

The Ooni made this appeal when he led some chiefs on a courtesy visit to the Lagos State House of Assembly and expressed delight and satisfaction with the legislators who conduct proceedings in Yoruba Language.

Oba Ogunwusi said the approach of the Lagos House of Assembly will not only help in the preservation of Yoruba language, but the cultural values and tradition.

His words “I am very happy to be here and see the Lagos State House of Assembly, using Yoruba language to conduct its activities. I therefore enjoin all other Houses of Assembly in Yoruba Land to take a cue from this House. People in other countries honour and cherish Yoruba language, but sadly here at home, we seem not to cherish what is ours.

“I therefore urge the Lagos State House of Assembly, to do all within its power to persuade other state Assemblies in Yoruba speaking areas, to see the sense, in conducting their house businesses in Yoruba, as this, is one of the surest way to promote our language and cultural heritage.”

The Ooni frowned at a situation, where many children from Yoruba parents, who are supposed to be from Yoruba speaking areas in the country could hardly communicate in their native language, saying deliberate efforts should be made henceforth to promote and teach our children the use of Yoruba language. As this is the only way of ensuring that the language does not go into extinction.



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