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Meet Omolabake Adenle! The Nigerian Woman Preserving African Languages Through Tech

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Meet Omolabake Adenle, Nigerian who is Saving African LanguagesOmolabake Adenle is a 35-year-old Nigerian who founded Aja.la Studios, a company that builds natural language & speech processing applications for African languages.

She holds a PhD in Bayesian Signal Processing from Cambridge University where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Tau Beta Pi Honors Fellow.

She had been shortlisted for the Innovation Prize for Africa for her voice recognition and speech synthesis software for African languages, a software that can understand and digitize spoken African languages.

Her software will not only help newer generations learn languages that are slowly dying, but will also afford those who speak only their local languages enjoy the benefits of the digital revolution – just imagine a voice assistant (Siri, Google Now) that can take instructions in and speak Yoruba.

Omolabake Adenle’s Aja.la Studios has already built SpeakYoruba, a Yoruba Language learning app (think Duolingo), and is looking to build more learning apps for African Languages under its SpeakAfricaApps project.

Photo Credit: Innovation Prize for Africa

22 Comments

  1. Dt

    July 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Good on her and for Africa as a whole.

  2. The Real Oma

    July 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Well done lady!

  3. Adeola

    July 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Wow this is so beautiful. More grease to your elbow lady!

  4. funmilola

    July 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Amazing!

  5. www.thelmathinks.com

    July 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    ???

  6. Omo lara zion

    July 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Congrats the great linguist, proud to be one.

  7. Physio Tinu

    July 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Lol. “Siri, bami pe baba mi” nice one!! ??

  8. Adeola

    July 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Niceeeee! Keep up the great work, Omolabake Adenle.

  9. timi

    July 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Yoruba always winning unlike the chest beating ,insecure, drug dealers, money loving and erosion infested ,hostile tribe from the east

    • Olayemi

      July 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      You see your life outside? So you don’t know any non-Yoruba who has achieved great things ba? And you also don’t know of any Yoruba criminal?

      All I can say to you is that you need Jesus. You and people like you are the reason why this country is where it is. When your kids ask you what you did for Nigeria, tell them you were busy finding faults in others. Shiorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Ade

      July 18, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Arindin ni bobo yi sa, complete retard. You better go deal with the hate in your heart before it eats you up. Your mate just developed a land mark app but your only response is tribal insults.

      The top graduant from my engineering class, filled with a lot of Yourba people including me was Ahmed, a
      Hausa guy. There are brilliant Nigerians in every corner of the world.

    • Ephi

      July 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Timi must think he is on Nairaland where bigotry and tribalism has eaten their brains up. Better GTFOH. Senseless being.

    • icrossmyheart

      July 19, 2017 at 7:25 am

      @ Timi, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      ON A WEBSITE STARTED BY SOMEONE FROM THE EAST WHO MARRIED A YORUBA MAN.

      IF Uche Eze has not shown you that the way, my dear, you are a LOST sheep.

  10. @ Timi

    July 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Timi God created everyone and if you too insult a tribe or race be very careful because the creator of all things is listening. Nothing good ever comes out of hatred. I hope you don’t make yourself I’ll harbouring so much hatred. Peace and love.

  11. Damilola

    July 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Amazing. A great inspiration. I admire people who are doers not just talkers. Thank you, omolobake

  12. Ephi

    July 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Well done Omolabake,we are all proud of you as Nigerians.

    Beautiful name btw.

  13. Papacy

    July 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    When you read about your age mates or younger people doing great things and you’re like “wawuuu”…and continue to the next story. Kent shaat abeg.

  14. Samson Adekunle Adenle

    July 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS . LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATIONS RUN IN THE FAMILY BLOOD. OUR ANCESTORS WROTE BOOKS BEFORE THE NOBEL IN SYLLABIC FORMS!!! AIYE TO TO…

  15. Samson Adekunle Adenle

    July 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

    The Best Nobel Price Is waiting for Human Discovery of THE UNIVERSAL EQUATION OF ALL THINGS! THE INFORMATION IS LUCKED UP IN THE ACHIVED PROJECT WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN! THE MATRICIAL SOLUTION OF ALL EQUATIONS BY AN ADENLE?

  16. Adenle Chris Adetunji

    July 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

    You are doing Our Great Nation Nigeria proud.
    And as an ADENLE, YOU ARE AMAZING SIS.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

  17. Ola

    August 24, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Omolabake we are very proud of your achievement, you make African proud, you make Yoruba proud, by preserving our mother tongue, any race of people, that lost their mother tongue, have lose their identity, which core of every human being, The European colonize, wanted us to lose our cultural memories, but we thank people like Omolabake, who understand, the of value identity. My come to Europe, open up my evolution of identity and consciousness, Everywhere, you in Europe, you most learn their Langauage. We encourage our to learn and Speak our mother tongue. Because we are not English, we African, and we are part of humanity. We must never allowed mother tongue vanished on the face of planet

  18. bola folorunso

    November 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Send me a mail to update about omolabeke

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