ok so am a yoruba girl sha..my father is yoruba but my mother is from rivers so am not entirely yoruba but it's always the father's side u claim right..
When i was growing up not once did anyone speak yoruba to me at any point in time, in school yoruba was strictly prohibited,i never went out much so it wasn't like i got to mix with yoruba peeps i mostly had ibo friends sef...so yeah am 20 now and i cant speak yoruba..really is it my fault...am i supposed to have some special yoruba speaking abilities when u reach a particlar age...just cause my pupcy is yoruba...if nobody spoke it around me or with me how am i supposed to knw the language.
Dont get me wrong i love the yoruba language it friggin trips me especially when my mumcy uses it to abuse me and my cousin...m so fascinated by it..but the bottom line is i just dont know it too well.. I can understand but not entirely.
Nobody ever learns to speak yoruba from studying it in school, i mean it's the only language novbody minds getting an f9 in..
"oh what did i get in yoruba f9..*hisses* i tried sha."
We'd dub during exams and tests from the konk yoruba and ibodudes and girls and still get an f9..
The teachers never explained properly and neve rtranslated anything into english for us to really understand..plus...it was always last period and my mind was on the closing bell ringing and my lunch and the possibility of it being slammed by some evil glutton in dorm....so what the teacher was yannig sef wasn't entering...
The only thing i ever learned in yoruba in school was " faweli aranmupe, gbewiri, obo,oko, all them cuss words and that song bata me aju kon ko ka..or warreva..." that is all...we couldnt be bothered about listening in class..all my yoruba teachers have had one problem or the other
the one in jss3's mouth smelt so bad we used to scale classes.....
while the one in ss1 and ss2 we named 'box head' so u know we dint take his over sabi tabon expert ass seriously..
So yesterday when the repair man came to do some work in my room i called out to our cook :Mr oyekusibe
"Eyele! (i call him eyele which means duck and he calls me leke leke which means leke leke..you rememeber that silly song "leke leke gimme white finger" am still waiting on my damned white finger)
so i was like "Eyele e ba mi mu ladder yen wa so ke" of course it didnt sound anything like yoruba..
If you see the speed at which my father ran out of his room..fila still on his head and in his pyjamas.
"Who thats speaking that dirty yoruba in my house"
Fear catch me..i thought i had done something more grave.
"it's me sir"
"If u cant speak yoruba properly, then dont speak it again..is that clear?"
"Yes sir, but sir your the one thats always saying i shud be ashamed of my self for not being able to speak the language and now am trying u shud be encouraging me"
And he smiles and like that project runway dude he's like "ok carry on!"
My oyekusibe is the only person am brave enough to speak yoruba with,even though he laughs at me and sometimes he says
"laide your yoruba dey give me headache"
i tell him "je ko ma fun e headache e wo lo kan mi n be"
I love being Nigerian and i cant help but be yoruba but i cant speak the language all too well so sue me, so the yoruba police that harasses me everytime saying
"why are u doing like ajebutta speak yoruba jare"
that stuff annoys me gaan...so the next idiyoot that walks up to me and say that ill flit in his/her bloody eyes like Mr.fine boys wereh driver
They act like speaking yoruba is a prerequisite to going to heaven and carry it on their head like june 12 elections and even go as far as calling me a disgrace..that shit isnt funny at times..which is why most times i hang out with ibo peeps cause there's not so much pressure..they dont speak yoruba and they dont speak their language either....
But once you meet a yoruba person it's almost like a reflex action..they musto ask "Omo ilu wo ni e"...and they'll start speaking yoruba and when u reply in english they'll start some stupid tirade about u not embracing ur culture and yada yada yada...watever..can't be bothered...yeah i need to know yoruba culture and what it entails...but i dont really care to know all about it just a lil bit...
I am a yoruba girl and i can't speak Yoruba all too well..if that kills u..gaan jump off third mainland bridge.