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KỌLA OWOLABI – Professor of Linguistics

          Kọla Owolabi is a Professor of Linguistics who specializes in syntax and semantics (with emphasis on African languages). He is an internationally-renowned scholar of Yorùbá linguistics and the force behind Yorùbá language engineering and revitalization. He was a most important actor in the processes of conceptualization, framework design and drawing up of documentation in regard of the University of Ibadan’s Yorùbá Language Centre, and was appointed the centre’s Interim Director in 2010 and the pioneer Director from 2011 to 2018. His current focus is on the use of Yorùbá language in specialized domains (science, technology, legislation and politics, etc.) for empowerment and sustainable development.

          Kọla Owolabi has participated in several Yorùbá terminology workshops; Led and coordinated the Yorùbá Team of Translators of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (phase 1) into Yorùbá language as mandated by the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation under the Hon. Minister, Chief Chukwuemeka Chikelu. He also participated in the following English – Yorùbá translation projects:

  • Revized Highway Code of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sponsored by the Nigeria Federal Road Safety Commission
  • Sub-Saharan African Women’s Management Training Outreach Program (WMTOP) training materials, as mandated by the Pan African Institute for Development (based in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivore)
  • Manuals and Workshops addressing ‘Twelve Critical Areas of Concern’ relating to the Advancement of the Right of Women in Nigeria based on Beijin Declaration and Platform for Action, 4th World Conference on Women, Beijin, China, September, 1995, as mandated by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWA & SD), Abuja, Nigeria, in conjunction with State Commissioners for Women.

          He is currently leading and coordinating a team of lexicographers in the production of English – Yorùbá/Yorùbá – English bilingual dictionary, sponsored the University Press PLC, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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TUNDE ADENIRAN- Professor of Political Science

Tunde Adeniran is a Professor of Political Science; Former Minister of Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and former ambassador extraordinaire and plenipo tentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Germany. Professor Adeniran is a recipient of many honours and winner of many distinctions including the Youth Foundation Fellowship, Dana Backus Award, the American Medal of Honour and the World Medal of Honour.

He is a keen adherent, promoter and advocate of the primacy of indigenous languages in the promotion of culture. Professor Adeniran believes very much in the richness of Yoruba language and its efficacy for local, national and international advancement.

 

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ADEKUNLE ADENIRAN – Professor of Sociolinguistics

Adekunle Adeniran is a Professor of Sociolinguistics who has contributed immensely to the creation of technical terms in Yoruba. He has also participated in the following Yoruba Translation projects:

  • NRC arid SDP mani-festoes during the third Republic
  • Sub-saharan African Women’s Management Training Outreach Programme (WMTOP) training materials, Pan African Institute for Development  (based in Abidjan, Cote D’lvoire)
  • Manuals and workshops addressing ‘Twelve Critical Areas of Concern’ relating to the Advancement of the Right of Women in Nigeria based on Beijin Declaration and Platform for Action, 4h World Conference on Women, Beijin, China, September, 1995. The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWA & SD), Abuja, Nigeria, in conjunction with State Commissioners for Women.
  • Facts for Life: A Communication   Challenge, published by UNICEF, WHO & UNESCO
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OLUGBOYEGA ALABA – Professor of Yoruba Literature

Olugboyega Alaba is a Professor of Yoruba Literature. His current research interest includes Discourse Analysis and Yoruba Language Pedagogy. Professor Alaba has been involved in:

  • various workshops on Yoruba Terminology Development

the compilation of Bilingual Dictionary of Yoruba Personal Names

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OLUṢẸGUN AWONUSI – Professor of English Language/Linguistics

Oluṣẹgun Awonusi is a Professor of English Language/Linguistics who has made significant contri­butions to knowledge in the areas of intersection of the use of Yoruba and English in the Nigerian democratic political process, sociolinguistics and phonology of Yoruba, variation studies, stylistic and diatipic varieties of languages. He was also a lead researcher on a research project on the sociolinguistic mapping of Yoruba Dialect areas in Nigeria and the West African sub region.

In 2008, the Nigerian Government (The Presidency) awarded him ‘Excellence’ as the best in Education support and Initiative from the South West geo-political zone. He was Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State, Nigeria, Vice Chancellor, Tai Ṣolarin University, Ijẹbu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Federal University of Education, Kano State, Nigeria. 

OLUṢẸGUN AWONUSI – Professor of English Language/Linguistics

Oluṣẹgun Awonusi is a Professor of English Language/Linguistics who has made significant contri­butions to knowledge in the areas of intersection of the use of Yoruba and English in the Nigerian democratic political process, sociolinguistics and phonology of Yoruba, variation studies, stylistic and diatipic varieties of languages. He was also a lead researcher on a research project on the sociolinguistic mapping of Yoruba Dialect areas in Nigeria and the West African sub region.

In 2008, the Nigerian Government (The Presidency) awarded him ‘Excellence’ as the best in Education support and Initiative from the South West geo-political zone. He was Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State, Nigeria, Vice Chancellor, Tai Ṣolarin University, Ijẹbu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Federal University of Education, Kano State, Nigeria. 

M. A. OLOWU

Mr. M. A. Olowu specializes in Yoruba Language Pedagogy, Guidance and Counselling, and School Administration.

He has participated in Yoruba writing workshops organized by Ẹgbẹ́ Akọ́mọledé àti Àṣà Yorùbá (Association of Teachers of Yoruba Language of Nigeria) which produced Ewì Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun for both the Junior and the Senior Secondary Schools, published by Evans Brothers, Nigeria Publishers Ltd.

He was a National President of Ẹgbẹ́ Akọ́mọledé àti Àṣà Yorùbá.

DR AKINLOYE OJO

Akinloye Ojo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and African Studies Institute (ASI) at the University of Georgia and currently the Director of African Studies at the University. His teaching and research focus is driven by an interest in the sociolinguistic and socio-cultural situations of Africans in the African continent and African descendants in the Diaspora, particularly the Yoruba in Diaspora. He has taught Yoruba language and culture courses to American students, including first generation of Yoruba students born and raised in America, for over fifteen years in American universities. He also offers courses on Yoruba culture and civilization and African Studies.

Akinloye Ojo is fully committed to the development, promotion and use of the Yoruba language especially in the Diaspora.

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Mr Alao Adedayọ – MBA;MPA,

He is journalist and Publisher of ALAROYE Newspaper. A Yoruba news reaser and presenter with Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Lagos), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), he started ALAROYE in 1996 and the leading indigenous language newspaper has since risen to become the world largest user of Yoruba language (in print). In his broadcasting days, Adedayo was best known for his translation of top Grade A broadcast which included presidents’ and governors’ speeches. He translated some parts of Hadith of the Prophet of Islam to Yoruba in 1994, and in 2019 translated the autobiography of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, into Yoruba. Adedayo has also written many books in Yoruba language.