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Ifa worshippers want Southwest govs to publish school textbooks in Yoruba

Ifa worshippers want Southwest govs to publish school textbooks in Yoruba

Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode, President of the International Council for Ifa Religion, (ICIR), on Monday, appealed to the governors of the Southwest region to immediately commence the process of changing the language of all textbooks used in primary and secondary schools to Yoruba to enhance good performance and aid the value of the language among speakers.

Fakayode asserted while delivering a lecture entitled “Yoruba Language and Culture, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” at the Palace of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, during the 2024 Annual Cultural Festival organized by Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Yoruba, Nigeria, Ekun Ife (Association of Teachers of Yoruba Language and Culture, Nigeria, Ife Zone).

He hinted that the time had come for people to stop calling the Yoruba language vernacular and make communication with the language a must at home, work and school as research have shown that students taught any subject in their mother tongue perform better than the one taught with a foreign language.

The ICIR boss further stressed that the Yoruba language, having secured a vantage position among global languages because of the acceptance of the Ifa Religion across the world, would continue to grow and with time, supersede other languages.

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“It is high time we decolonised ourselves by stopping seeing our Language as vernacular and start communicating with our children in Yoruba, our mother tongue. According to research, there is no doubt that students taught any subject with a mother tongue perform better than students taught with a foreign language.

“The issue of Yoruba Language and Religion can be compared to a Computer whose hardware cannot be functioning without the software. In the case of Yoruba culture, Language and other components are hardware while Yoruba Religion is the software on which other components rely.

“Today, Yoruba Language is an International Language because, all the people who practice Yoruba Religion irrespective of colour or race need to be versed in Ifa, the scripture which can only be rendered in the Yoruba Language. As Arabic is the language of the holy Quran so is Yoruba the language of Ifá.

“Therefore, as the spread of Islam throughout the world makes Arabic international so is Yoruba Religion makes Yoruba Language international. This is because, once one accepts a religion, one automatically accepts the culture of the source of the religion.

“It is pertinent for all Yorùbá to learn Ifa for it is the storehouse of Yoruba culture and tradition.

“I use this medium to call on all lovers of Yoruba Language to join hands in promoting Ìsẹ̀ṣe, the Yoruba Traditional Religion if truly they do not want Yorùbá language to go into extinction

“The future of Yoruba Language and Culture is promising because it is witnessing a renaissance. Yoruba religion is said to be in the sixth position among the religions of the world today. It is certain that as Yoruba Religion continues to grow, so will the language and culture continue.

“The time has come for the five South-West governors to start an immediate process of changing the language of textbooks use to teach subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and the rest to aid the relevance of the language and most importantly, improve the academic performance of our students,” Fakayode stated.

He however said that the Isese (traditional) religion and Ifa (Oracle), had been described as pivots upon which the Yoruba language revolves.

Olubunmi Ajayi, the Ife Branch Zone Chairman of Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Yoruba, in her opening speech, said the cultural day allows secondary and primary school students to show and develop their talents as well as promote the culture and tradition of the Yoruba.