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African Languages Yoruba, thousands of others, going into extinction

There is concern in the academic community that about 5000 African languages could be extinct soon.

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Professor Olalere Adeyemi


This information was shared by a lecturer in one of the Nigerian Federal Universities.

Professor Olalere Adeyemi of University of Ilorin, has revealed that Yoruba is one of 5,000 African languages that face the danger of extinction.

The Professor of Yoruba said that these languages are going into extinction because of the dearth of books on them.

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He addressed the audience on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the public presentation of a book titled 'Omolabake', authored by a Yoruba teacher, Hajia Khadijat Yusuf.

Dr. Yinka Yahaya was the chairman of the event and he said that we must not allow the Yoruba Language to become extinct.

The author of the book, Khadijat Yusuf similarly appealed to all stakeholders to strive to preserve African languages.

In her words, "Our language, our culture and our heritage are our source and strength, but they are unattended to. This is one of the factors that gave birth to Omolabake. It is our hope that copies of the novel will go round all academic institutions." 

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