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The UN set a day to celebrate mother tongue. So, quick question, do you speak your mother tongue? Or do you know what it means to do so? When a lot of people are still disagreeing as to what mother tongue even means. UN World’s Mother Language Day. I am interested in this particular topic because it concerns and affects me a lot. Truly and of a fact, one’s language is their identity and shapes one’s mind or world view. There is no contesting that. I have met a lot of people who are like, ‘You are from where?’ Me, ‘Kwara’. ‘Oh, so, you are Yoruba?’ And then, they switch immediately to continue the conversation in Yoruba and when I reply in English. The expression on their face is utter shock and every other thing that follows I am used to already. The why’s, the blame game, the losing our culture talk, comparing to…

Would you rather speak your native Nigerian language or the English language? Ordinarily, there shouldn’t be any reason to compare but then, the gap between those that speak only the English language and those who combine both keep increasing in Nigeria. The language that you and I speak has always been an issue. If I speak English or I speak Yoruba, it would always spark a reaction. Also, if I can speak English, it’s good. If I can’t, it is fairly good but bad because it will affect my education or job hunting but at least I can communicate effectively. If I can speak Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa or any other indigenous language, basically, my own native language. Then, I am a real, correct Nigerian. But, when I can’t and I was not brought up abroad, something is wrong. It is either I am forming, or my parents didn’t teach me.…

Why do we wait every 365 days to mark the day of our birth? Of course, we are alive. Yes, we should be grateful for that. But then, why all the pomp and galore? Why choose a low key celebration? Why do nothing at all? I used to feel birthday celebrations are uncalled for like I saw the New Year. I thought it to be something abstract. Just thank God you are alive and then rest. But no, birthdays are the perfect time of a person’s life. It’s the time to relieve experiences, take notes, learn from them, set new goals and achieve new things. Birthdays are the time to be grateful. Imagine the number of people born at the exact second, minute, hour, day, month and year as you. Imagine the number of people who have also died, not to be insensitive, but be grateful During our birthdays, we…

Ojo Aje is the first day of the week for Yorubas Do you hold on to superstitions? Or do you believe in myths? Do you let it affect your outlook on life? Must we have myths for everything? What do they to us? The Yoruba people of Nigeria have this myth concerning the first working day of the week which is Monday. Monday is known as Ojo Aje… Aje meaning wealth, sales, fame and a couple of other things. The day Money joined Orisa on earth is called Ojo Aje. The myth holds that whatever happens to you on Monday will happen to you all through that week… So many Yoruba traders pray for bountiful sales, new customers and are unusually nice. They don’t want to meet anyone with evil omen, they are clairvoyant, have this sixth sense on Mondays…. With myths like this, how do people mark the “what…

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