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About “Titilayo” [via Verity Africa]
Titilayo is a University of Wisconsin journalism student who studies Yoruba. She moved to Ibadan, Nigeria to fully immerse herself in the Yoruba culture. When videos of Titilayo speaking fluent authentic Yoruba hit the web, it immediately went viral. Here she is interacting with folks at Lagos market.
As an assignment for a 400 level class at University of Ibadan, Titilayo Oyinbo and her classmates make a presentation at St. Matthews Primary School in Ibadan about why wearing shoes outside is important for children. Watch the presentation below.
People always ask me why I chose to study Yorùbá out of all the languages. Why not Chinese or Arabic? The answer is multifaceted. Junior year of high school I traveled to Angola with a non-for-profit organization called RISE International, whose mission is to build schools and provide teacher training to rural villages. Traveling around Angola for a month with a group of 20 adults and a few students doing teacher training workshops twisted my world view and implanted me with a desire to return to Africa one day. I also realized I naturally picked up on Umbundu, the local language, pretty well. When I found myself signing up for classes at UW I was perplexed at what I wanted to study. An adviser told me about a program for first semester freshman that pre-schedules three interrelated classes with one small group of students–the idea is to make the transition from high school to college easier. They offered one called “The African Cultural Expedition” that really got my attention. I decided to forgo the intro psychology, political science and literature courses to take a Yoruba language class and a Yoruba culture class, knowing I would do something with the skills in the future.
Three short years later I find myself living in Yorubaland (aka southwest Nigeria) perfecting my language skills in its native country, working as a freelance journalist…
To see more of Titilayo’s endeavors in Nigeria, visit www.northoflagos.wordpress.com.