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Brazil adopts Yoruba as official language

         The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country. in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture.

Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.

The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.

According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.

Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date. Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.

According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.

According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.

Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.

NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.

According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.

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Nigeria FG closes Mile 2 on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway for 72Hrs for repairs

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The Nigeria federal authorities on Friday appealed for cooperation of road customers because the Mile 2 to Tin-Can Island segment of the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway mission undergoes seventy two hours partial closure for rehabilitation. The Director of Federal Highways, South West, Funso Adebiyi, made the attraction for the duration of an inspection of the street in Lagos. Mr Adebiyi said heavy rainfall slowed down rehabilitation works on Apapa roads. He said it led to horrible avenue degeneration, causing injuries.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salaam, within the assertion by way of the general public affairs unit of the ministry, stated the closure might allow the development organisation working in the region to hurry up palliative restore works on the corridor. Salaam explained that the development become due to habitual accidents experienced by way of motorists on the road. “The permanent secretary advised all vans to avoid the corridor to permit the restore works that is being executed within the interest of motorists. “He stated the upkeep and so many others inside the offing are in consonance with the top rated plans of the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make Lagos site visitors loose for its teeming citizens,” the assertion brought.

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Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria (Omoyele Sowore) detained hours after release

The Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters ( Omoyele Sowore ) was first detained detained hours after release

The Former 2019 presidential candidate of nigeria former presidential candidate and founder of the news site Sahara Reporters ( Omoyele Sowore ) was first detained detained hours after release

in August after he called for revolution Despite being granted bail in October, authorities have continued to hold him, sparking an outcry from his supporters and also his defendant Olawale Bakare was also detained.

In videos shared by Sahara Reporters, several men attempted to drag Mr Sowore from an Abuja courtroom where he had been summoned for a hearing.

It comes a day after a court ordered that the pair be released by Nigeria’s Department for State Security (DSS).

The reasons for their detention have not yet been disclosed, Their lawyer, Femi Falana, told AFP news agency that crowds had resisted attempts to arrest the pair and, in order to prevent further violence, he had personally driven them to the DSS’ headquarters.

Mr Falana said the DSS had told him Mr Sowore was needed for questioning and would be released later in the day.

 

“I can assure you what is happening now will not go away unchallenged,” Mr Falana told reporters. “We either run this country on the platform of the rule of law or we resort to gangsterism which is what is going on.”

Earlier this year, Mr Sowore called for revolution because he said Nigeria’s elections were not credible. That followed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“All that is needed for a #Revolution is for the oppressed to choose a date they desire for liberty, not subjected to the approval of the oppressor,” he tweeted on 2 August.

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