The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, and the Director-Common of the Ekiti State Council of Arts and Tradition, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, have expressed fears that the Yoruba language may go into extinction if steps will not be taken to advertise its usefulness and values.
The monarch and the DG spoke in Ado Ekiti when the latter paid a courtesy name on Oba Adejugbe at his palace on Wednesday.
Oba Adejugbe mentioned the brand new head of the company shouldn’t betray the arrogance reposed on them by Governor Kayode Fayemi or shirk of their obligations to rejuvenate the humanities and tradition sectors within the state to have the ability to contribute to financial improvement.
The monarch mentioned: “Our tradition and custom are significantly endangered, particularly our language and dialect, that are our best identities and belongings.
“Most of our kids now attend non-public colleges, the place Yoruba language and Ekiti dialect are prohibited. Even at residence, the dad and mom communicate English to their kids.
“Those that mentioned Yoruba may fade out earlier than 25 years didn’t lie, as a result of we don’t worth it. The white males we’re emulating even shield their very own. They’re even coming to study Ifa and run its panegyric fluently.
“Losing our values had made us suffered in so many ways. In the olden days, only one person would conquer Book Haram and other killers, this is how far we have gone to lose our cultural and traditional potentials.”
Ojo-Lanre mentioned that there was the necessity for concerted to rescue Yoruba language, including that: “Our imaginative and prescient is so as to add the humanities and tradition to be among the many sectors that can shore up improvement of this state.
“Our proposition is to partner all the monarchs in all the 133 towns, so that we can promote all our festivals to promote societal values and generate revenue.”
The DG added that Ado Ekiti metropolis occupies a pivotal place within the historical past of Yoruba nation, which he mentioned must be protected and launched to a world pedestal.
“Something that has to do with arts and tradition have to be promoted. Our Yoruba language and Ekiti dialect have been step by step fading out, they’re being deserted.
“Some English carried did a analysis in Peckham in London few years in the past and found that Yoruba language might go into extinction in 15 years.
“We must preserve our heritage for our children, we must not let our festivals like; Ogun, Ifa, Egungun , Ija and our general ways of life from dying. They must be protected and that we shall achieve,” he mentioned.