Ooni calls for promotion, sustenance of Yoruba culture
Ooni, who made the call at the launch of a book titled: ‘’Owe Yoruba’’, said to salvage the situation, parents and guardians should endeavour to promote Yoruba language among their children for the overall interest of ‘’our culture’’.
He also called on the youths to do things that will bring progress and sanity to Yorubaland by embracing the language in all they do.Apart from being a uniting factor, Oba Odunwusi noted that Yoruba language protects culture and tradition of the race, warning that Yoruba language faces the threat of extinction if urgent steps are not taken to revive it.
While commending the author, Mr. Olalekan Fabilola for taking a giant stride in an area where most Yoruba leaders never think of, he urged well-meaning leaders in the region to contribute generously to encourage the writer.
Speaking at the occasion, wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko noted that language is very important in the society, saying parents in the land should encourage their wards in the speaking and learning of Yoruba language, warning that failure to converse in the language with young ones is capable of wiping it out.
Her words: “I am always worried at the rate at which our language is dying by the day due to the insensitivity of some our parents who now rejected their mother-tongue and also prevented their kids from speaking it. Many elites consider their language as inferior to the foreign ones, some of them don’t speak Yoruba language in their homes, let alone train their children with it.”
In his contribution, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo expressed concern that the country did not learn any lesson from China, which, he said, was able to achieve the present level of development because the people use their mother tongue for education and other transactions.
“We should ensure that Yoruba language does not go into extinction. Other people embrace their language, we should also be proud of ours,” he said.
Earlier in his address, the author, an Information Technologist and a Computer Scientist from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, said, he developed the urge to promote Yoruba culture through divine inspiration. While highlighting the importance of the work, he disclosed that he will bring his computer training to promote Yoruba language among the youth and the aged by transferring “The Ancient Wisdom’’ into both audio and video Compact Discs.
He also promised to open a web to enable students and researchers find solution to those challenges that could confront them in the cause of their studies.
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