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Decoding Yoruba, A New Series on Yoruba People and their Language

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Tips & Tricks, Yoruba, Yorubas You Know | 0 comments

  Announcing Decoding Yoruba! Our new series will explore Yoruba identity and the language through the eyes of young Yoruba professionals living in the Diaspora. We’d like to use this platform to teach you more about the language and the people that make up this incredible race. In the first episode, student and model Babajide (Jide) Alao discusses his love of the Yoruba language; growing up Nigerian; and teaches us his favorite Yoruba proverb, “Ila o ni ju onire lo.” He also provides some critical advice to Yoruba learners. If you have a question that you’d like to see answered in one of our future episodes, comment below! And don’t forget to share this...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Events, News, NYC, Yoruba | 2 comments

AFROCROWD WIKIPEDIA WORKSHOPS TO LAUNCH DURING BLACK WIKI HISTORY MONTH WEEKEND NEW YORK, NY — January 25, 2014 — Announcing AfroCROWD Intro to Wikimedia and How to Edit Wikipedia  workshops at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons  on February 7th and 8th.   Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference websites, attracting  over 470 million unique visitors monthly. There are more than 76,000 active contributors working on more than 31,000,000 articles in 285 languages. How can people of African descent  be accurately represented among the body of articles and among the editors?   Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD),  is a new initiative which seeks to address this issue by increasing the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements....

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Kilo n sele: I’m Getting Fluent in Brooklyn

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Articles, Events, Home, Learning Options, Yoruba | 3 comments

Who I Am Oruko mi ni Basirat Ottun.  Mo’n gbe ni Brooklyn.  Mo je omo Yoruba.  Currently, I am one of a number of people that have been given the tremendous opportunity to take part in the Yoruba Fluency Project. I began my Yoruba language classes in February 2014, and will continue through with the project over the course of the next few months.  Part of the project will consist of a trip by project participants to Nigeria to engage in language and art related projects. Lost in Translation Being that I am a second-generation Nigerian American, some may wonder why I would even need to take Yoruba classes.  Shouldn’t I already know the language?  The answer to this question is two-fold both yes and no.  On the one hand, I am no stranger to the Yoruba language.  As...

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Naija Muzik Lyrics (Yoruba): Toh Bad – Niyola

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Lyrics, Music, Vids, Yoruba, Young Hip Yoruba | 0 comments

VERSE 1 I love you You love me Oh baby I know it’s true But sometimes, it’s crazy The kind of things that you do I’m tired of trying to be your number one I love you (I no go lie) (I love you, this is the truth) I love you (I no go lie) (I love you, this is the truth) I’m trying to use my head The more I try, the worse Situation is getting I’m trying to say goodbye I feel the hurt inside I think you got me bad Baby I no go lie (Baby this is the truth) CHORUS Ife yi ga o (This love is wonderful) Ife yi le o (This love is solid) Ife to ma dun dun dun bi oyin (The kind of love that will be sweet like honey) Te...

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Naija Muzik Lyrics (Yoruba): Surulere – Dr Sid featuring Don Jazzy

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Lyrics, Music, Vids, Yoruba, Young Hip Yoruba | 0 comments

INTRO Ehn ehn ehn ehn Nitori Olorun lorun (It is because of The Lord) Rehn rehn rehn rehn Oya e ma rerin lo…eh (Go ahead and keep laughing) Rehn ehn ehn ehn Dr Sid Nitori Olorun lorun (It is because of The Lord) Dr Sid Ehn ehn ehn Mavin no ni (It is Mavin; *Mavin is a record label) Don Baba Jay   CHORUS Baba loke lo se gbogbo nkan (It is God up in Heaven that does everything) O ya won lenu, o ya won lenu eh…eh (It surprises them, it surprises them *referring to his haters) Awon fa mi lete kin tu to (They pulled my lips so that I would spit) Won o le ri mi (They cannot see me/they are not on my level) Won o le ri mi laiye laiye (They will never be able to see me/they...

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More than Smog & Owambes: Where to go in Yorubaland

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Articles, Culture, Travel, Yoruba | 1 comment

Africa is blessed with beautiful scenery and landmarks attractive for tourist visits. Yorubaland is particularly rich in natural habitats and landmarks, places that have become great tourist attractions for visitors from within and outside of Nigeria. These sites provide a boost for the Nigerian economy as well. We would be looking at some of these landmarks found in Yoruba land.   The Lekki Conservative Centre The Lekki Conservative Centre is situated in the outer skirts of Lagos state on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. As the name implies, it is a conservationist site for native animals and plants on the verge of extinction. It is a 78-hectare reserve comprised of mixed swamp and savannah. If you are looking for a place to relax with breathtaking views of wild life, where you can learn a bit about the animal kingdom, this is...

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