President, Association of Yorubas in the Diaspora, South Africa, Dr Olusola Agbeniyi, has tasked parents and guardians on teaching and enforcing the speaking of indigenous language on their wards.
Dr Agbeniyi, who spoke while featuring on Pensioners FM’s programme, The Searchlight, said even though English and other lingua franca have taken centre stage across the world today, Africa’s children in the Diaspora must be taught the essence of indigenous languages to their existence and cultural heritage.
He said children, who learn their Indigenous languages are able to maintain ties with their cultures, affirm their identities and preserve important connections with older generations.
“Most people find it hard to communicate in our indigenous language; even those in the diaspora. I believe so much in our culture as one’s language can pave the way in places least expected”
Dr Ageniyi described the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi the Third, as a custodian of the Yoruba heritage who will be deeply missed, charging other traditional rulers in Yorubaland to emulate him.
He announced that his group, the Association of Yorubas in Diaspora, South Africa, has appointed Pensioners FM’s General Manager, Dr Babatunde Tiamiyu as its media adviser.