Someone once approached me and asked “why do you speak Yoruba (my mother language/tongue) that much?” I smiled and responded “It is a language that has been part of me ever since my inception and interestingly, I am more proficient in it.” So many of us like to shy away from our languages and embrace too much of the Western language (English or any language that is not your first or mother language). It is not wrong to do that, atleast I am writing this in English. Truth be told, wherever your language needs to be used, use it, speak it, be Proud of it.
The next question then is “why should I?” I am saying to you, your language is part of your identity. It is your culture, your identity. In promoting multilingualism, the onus is on you to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. Promoting your mother language/tongue prevents…
Tobi Oloyede is a young visionary with a flair for personal and population developments. Rather than being pinned down by the challenges around her, she is dedicated to learning new ideas and getting the best out of life. She is one that is inspired by the popular Yoruba saying, "Ona kan o wo oja- There is no one/single route to the market."
She holds her first degree in English and Literary Studies from the Ekiti State University, Nigeria, a Master's degree in Gender and Diversity from East Tennessee State University, and is currently a Sociology graduate student at Georgia Southern University.
Writing is one of the several other things she loves to do and she brings it upon herself to make the world a better place through her writings. For her, 'the pen is always mightier and with it, she speaks volumes.'
BE THE LIGHT, BE THE CHANGE…A BETTER YOU, A BETTER WORLD.
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