As the Yoruba language faces the threat of extinction in view of the low understanding and usage of it by today’s generation with exposure to western education, there is one man all proud sons and daughters of Oduduwa would have to thank. He is no other than an ace photographer and cultural anthropologist, Dayo Adedayo.
The significance of retaining and reminding ourselves of the value of our cultural signposts cannot be overstated. This Is why Dayo Adedayo has come to the rescue of the threatened language with a book titled, “Owe Yoruba”, also known as Yoruba Proverbs in English. In the book, Adedayo presents a sizzling translation of Yoruba proverbs to aid members of the younger generation of Yoruba descent.
According to the widely traveled landscape photography guru, “it is time to commune in the language of our ancestors and remind ourselves of our identity, our culture, and our past. Here’s the chance to enjoy and apply the wit and wisdom of the ancients to your world.”
The book, “Owe Yoruba” is a combination of pictures and an English translation of Yoruba proverbs on each page with the foreword written by veteran journalist and Chairman of the Ovation Media Group, Dele Momodu.
Speaking about the author, Dele Momodu has this to say: “he was the one who shot the iconic cover SEE DUBAI AND DIE Edition for OVATION INTERNATIONAL nearly 20 years ago. Since then, he has traveled globally and returned to Nigeria to visit every local government in search of Nigeria’s hidden treasures. He has capped it up with publishing many books on photography, Yoruba culture, and language with extraordinary illustrations and translations. His latest book is Owe Yoruba, that is, Yoruba Proverbs is one which I proudly recommend to every African.”
This is a must-have book for every Yoruba men and women in Nigeria and in Diaspora and a good gift to family, friends, and colleagues at work.
Owe Yoruba is now available at the following shops:
Quintessence Gallery: Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Terra Kulture: Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island, Lagos.
40B: 40B Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi, Lagos.
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