By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan
Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji has called on parents to encourage their wards to speak and learn Yoruba Language, noting that any tribe whose language lost is doomed.
Oba Adetunji made the call at his Ibadan residence while receiving about 15 American students under the aegis of 2016 Yoruba Group Study Abroad (YGPA) of the University of Ibadan (UI).
He pointed that the rate at which Yoruba language is dying by the day is alarming and thereby called on parents to cultivate the habits of teaching and speaking the language to their children at all time.
“I am always worried at the rate at which our language is dying by the day due to the insensity of some our parents who now rejected their mother tongue and also prevented their kids from speaking it.” he said
He however said, “because of the condition we met our language and observed that both the parents and government are not doing anything to salvage our dear language from going into extinction, I made it a standing order that official language in the palace is Yoruba and absolutely, Yoruba.”
He also called on all the South Western state government to as a matter of urgency make the teaching and learning of Yoruba language a must in all public and private primary and secondary schools in the region to safeguard the future of the language.
Earlier in their addresses, leaders of the team, Prof. Moses Mabayoje of the University of Florida and Miss Tolu Ibikunle of the Yoruba language centre, University of Ibadan thanked the Olubadan for the opportunity given them to visit him.
The duo explained that the visit of the students is part of arrangement for them to have a first hand feel of the language of their love and cultural immersion.