Nigerian actress and broadcaster, Feyikemi Niyi-Olayinka, has staged a summer Yoruba programme for children between the ages of three and 11 to help awaken the vibe of mother tongue.
Niyi-Olayinka pleaded with parents to encourage the use of mother tongue languages at home rather than the borrowed English language which has eaten deep into many families in Nigeria.
“There are lots of ‘edutainment’ activities awaiting your children. Parents, please encourage your children to speak in their mother tongue,” the actress posted on her Facebook page.
She disclosed that the Yoruba language class is one of the activities of her not-for-profit organisation called Awa Egbe Akomolede (Mothers Support Mother Tongue), which was inaugurated in May.
“I thank God for my father and mother. You don’t know what motherhood entails until you become a mother. I remember how my mother used to speak to me in idioms and proverbs. That is how we learnt much of the wisdom and native intelligence that keep us going now. But nowadays, many mothers no more speak Yoruba to their children, let alone use proverbs to help sharpen their intelligence. However, we shall be focusing on this during the programme,” she said.
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