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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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David Oyelowo Goes Full Naija in Toronto

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Yorubas You Know | 0 comments

  We can not watch this video enough times! David Oyelowo (Oyetokunbo if you’re nasty) went full Naija on the TIFF audience in Toronto yesterday. He was at TIFF for the Queen of Katwe premiere, and also attended City to City screenings–in which the Toronto International Film Festival is honoring 9 filmmakers from Lagos this year. In this clip, Oyelowo talks about how excited he is to be in a room full of people who can pronounce his name correctly and talks about how much his Nigerian heritage has helped him as an...

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The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series presents: CULTURAL CONFIDENCE

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Culture, Events, Yoruba History, Yorubas You Know, Young Hip Yoruba | 0 comments

What is CULTURAL CONFIDENCE ? from Nollywood Diaspora on Vimeo. The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to present it’s second annual forum, themed Cultural Confidence: Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Nigeria and 54 years of Nigerian independence, NDFS will screen world-class films of New Nollywood and host panel discussions on pertinent issues facing Nigerians at home and abroad. (Buy tickets)   Presented in partnership with NYU Africana Studies and the Yoruba Cultural Institute, NDFS Cultural Confidence promises to be even more exciting than last year’s event. With a line up of incredible minds and talents –actors, producers, writers and other key stakeholders—delving into issues of critical importance at this time in history, Cultural Confidence will build significantly on the conversation begun last year....

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Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Articles, Home, Yoruba, Yoruba History, Yorubas You Know | 0 comments

      Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized Yoruba indigenes of our time. Here are some interesting facts about his life: ·       He was born in July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta, Ogun state ·       He studied at the University of Leeds, England ·       In 1960, he received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to research traditional performance practices in Africa ·       A Dance of the Forest, his major play—which satirizes the colonial elite—was chosen to be performed during the Nigerian Independence festivities ·       He is a political activist. In 1965, with a group of friends, he seized a local radio station and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigerian Regional Elections.  In 1967 during the Nigerian civil war, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years ·       He headed...

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World Changing Yoruba in the Spotlight: Gbenga Akinnagbe

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Articles, Learning Options, News, Yoruba, Yorubas You Know, Young Hip Yoruba | 1 comment

In this world, there are people that use their fame and money to please themselves. Then there are the few people that use their fame to change lives! Those people are the ones that make an affect ! They are people that refuse to live in a skewed world when they have the power to change it. Mr. Gbenga Akinnagbe is one of those people. Born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, Akinnagbe was in and out of trouble as a youth. He is the second oldest of six children, with one older sister and four younger brothers. He is the first in his family to be born in the U.S. He attended Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. Akinnagbe attended Bucknell University on a wrestling scholarship, majoring in Political Science and English. He played “Ben Ellis” in the episode...

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Notable Yoruba in Spotlight: Folorunsho Alakija

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Home, Yoruba, Yoruba History, Yorubas You Know | 2 comments

Introducing the currently, richest black woman in the world, Nigeria and Yoruba’s own: Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija! Folorunsho Alakija is a businesswoman from Nigeria. She was born in 1951 to the family of Chief L. A. Ogbara in Ikorodu, Lagos State. She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion,oil and printing industries. She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice chairman of Famfa Oil Limited. Alakija is ranked by Forbes as the richest woman in Nigeria with an estimated net worth between $600 million and $7.3 billion. Folorunsho Alakija started her career in 1974 as an executive secretary at Sijuade Enterprises, Lagos, Nigeria. She moved on to the former First National Bank of Chicago, now FinBank, where she worked for some years before establishing a tailoring company called Supreme Stitches. It rose to...

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