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Shona 101 - Update #1

Shona 101 Update #1 – In the Beginning

It’s been an exciting start to 2018 with Linford Zirangwa joining Genii Games for a 2-month internship. For some background, Linford and I met last summer during my 6-week YALI (Young Africa Leaders Initiative) Mandela Washington Fellowship at Dartmouth College, Hanover. One of...
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African languages: Lessons from the Yoruba101 Ikini bilingual storybook

African languages: Lessons from my first bilingual storybook in Yoruba

In December 2017, I released my first bilingual storybook in Yoruba entitled Yoruba101 Ikini. Yoruba101 Ikini is a children’s storybook about Ade whose visit to his parents brings him into contact with several Yoruba people and events. Each encounter on Ade’s daylong journey...
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Yoruba101 Greeting app

Update #2 from the Yoruba101 Greeting App

I’m delighted to share yet another update on our upcoming Yoruba101 Greeting app. As the name suggests, Ade, the oluko (teacher) from our current Yoruba101 for iPhone, iPad and Android will walk you through different Yoruba greetings by looking at different scenarios. The...
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Yoruba101 Greeting app

Update #1 from the Yoruba101 Greeting App

A few months ago, I wrote this post where I spoke about a new approach to our language-learning apps for kids. Specifically, I mentioned that, we were in the process of unbundling the Yoruba101 app to cater for specific topics in-depth. Since then, we’ve identified Greeting...
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A Diasporic experience of Ethiopian culture

A Diasporic experience of Ethiopian culture

Last August, I had a firsthand experience of Ethiopian culture like never before. But it didn’t start there. My fascination with Ethiopian culture goes back to late October 2014 during my first visit to Washington DC. There, I met a couple of interesting Ethiopians, had a taste...
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New Yoruba101 Yoruba language-learning app in the works

Yoruba101 Yoruba language app: past, present, future.

We’ve come a long way since the release of our first Yoruba language-learning app for children and adult beginners; Yoruba101. For those who don’t know, Yoruba101 version 1.0 for Android and iOS was released in May 2013 with just 4 topics and matching games. This was followed by...
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Kindle Edition: Adventures of the Tortoise

Kindle Edition: Adventures of the Tortoise eBook series

It’s been a while since we released the Adventures of the Tortoise app for iOS (iPad only) , Amazon, and Android. The app is a collection of folktales centred around the Tortoise; a popular figure in West-Africans fable. Last week marked an extension of the app as we...
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Standardization of Africa’s Native Dialects

Examining Africa’s dialects and standards

To the novice, major African Cultures like Yoruba and Igbo are singular entities with common languages that have existed since the proverbial Tower of Babel. However, beneath the surface, some of these cultures are anything but simple with diverse sub-cultural characteristics....
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Our cultural heritage and external validation

Our cultural heritage and external validation

I once watched a video where a white lady was filmed singing in Yoruba. It wasn’t the first time I’d come across such, hence the public reaction to it on social media was predictable; excitement and surprise that a westerner identifies with our native language. A series of tweets...
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Redefining literacy and illiteracy in cultural contexts

Redefining literacy and illiteracy in cultural contexts

Illiteracy: the inability to read or write. Lack of knowledge in a particular subject; ignorance A chance encounter 3 weeks ago underscores the latter meaning of illiteracy (ignorant in a particular subject or activity) specifically its essence and context in cultural terms....
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