Nigerian-German photographer launches yoruba language learning platform

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Mrs. Yetunde Ayeni Babaeko,

Nigerian-German photographer, Yetunde Ayeni Babaeko, is partnering with teachers and academics on a new YouTube channel, to promote Yoruba language learning.

The channel seeks to aid the teaching and learning of the Yoruba Language, especially among Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

Babaeko, who is also a social activist, said, the project was inspired by her training at the New York Film Academy (NYFA).

Narrating how her experience as an alumnus of the New York Film Academy contributed to the initiative, she said:

“The NYFA gave me the confidence to pursue this path as I understand the Yoruba language decline, it also exposed me to the global recognition of the language. At NYFA, I learnt writing and scripting production skills which stimulated my interest in this initiative.”

The channel presents videos that are two to three minutes long which are divided into two sections; the first part discusses the vocabulary of the actor.

“The speech is said slowly so the viewers may follow the plot and be able to read the subtitles which are 100% accurate because you do not only have the English subtitles but you also have the Yoruba subtitles with intonation marks.”