The Yoruba Cultural Institute was founded in 2008 to fill the void felt by Nigerian millenials who wish to speak the language of their parents and communities. There are hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in the US. Most of those under 35 can not speak their native language, whether it be Yoruba, Igbo or the host of other languages out of Nigeria. We understand that language is the glue that holds a people together, strengthens their collective identity and shapes the way that they view the world. It is also where the culture is preserved. Through music, art and performance, Yoruba has become arguably the most visible African culture worldwide. From WizKid to Wole Soyinka to David Oyelowo, we are celebrated everywhere.
YCI programming includes Yoruba language classes and cultural events and workshops. We have Fall, Winter and Summer sessions in New York, during which our 8-week Immersion courses are held. We also provide one-on-one tutorial to language learners in New York (in-person) and worldwide through video-chat. Our instructors are native speakers with professional training in education, and make the instruction enjoyable for students of all ages. We love to use popular Nigerian music and films to impart the linguistic and cultural knowledge critical to float in Nigerian spaces abroad as well as back home in Nigeria. We are a resource for all things Nigerian in New York, and provide our students with an open door to the Yoruba communities of New York, but also provide support and resources for those who wish to travel home to Nigeria.
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