Posted by News Express | 10 May 2015 | 5,237 times
The countries that make up the Scandinavian have approved the teaching of Yoruba language in their schools. Scandinavia is made up of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
This revelation was made on Saturday by the Sweden Coordinator of the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), Victor Mobolaji Adewale, during the Europe meeting of the union held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Adewale, who also emerged OPU Deputy Coordinator Europe, said the approval followed the well attended launch of the union in Sweden last November 29, 2014.
He said it was attended by government officials from the Scandinavian countries who thereafter okayed the teaching of Yoruba language in their schools.
Adewale disclosed that the OPU radio is already functioning in the Scandinavian countries and is being used as a medium of popularising the Yoruba language and reaching out to people of like minds.
“We are happy to report that the Yoruba language has got the approval of the authorities for it to be taught in schools in the Scandinavian countries,” he said. “It is a major breakthrough for us in popularising our mother tongue. We look forward to doing more.”
In his speech, Convener of OPU and National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, expressed happiness at the development. He noted that capacity building was one of the reasons for the summit.
Adams advised the Europe chapters of OPU to be aggressive in expanding their coasts by setting up more chapters. He said the duty and responsibility of the European chapter should be to cover 25 countries out of the 28 in Europe. He pointed out that OPU can use Europe as a base to mobilise others.
Adams told the meeting that OPU was now present in 56 countries, adding: “Protecting the image of Nigeria important. Liaise with the embassies, the Missions of Nigeria in all the countries where you are based. They are the representatives of Nigeria out here.”
He implored OPU members to operate with singleness of purpose, adding: “If there is no unity, nothing can be achieved. We are building the OPU for the benefit of the Yorubas. We will soon expand strongly in America.”
One of the highlights of the summit was a lecture on ‘Leadership and the Nigerian challenge’ delivered by the Publisher of Freedom Online, Gabriel Akinadewo.
Akinadewo admonished members of the OPU to develop leadership capacity in order to run a truly strong organisation.
Among those who attended the meeting was the paramount ruler of Arigidi Akoko in Ekiti State, Oba Yisa Olanipekun.
One of the major highlights of the meeting was the emergence of the executive members of the Europe chapter. The Coordinator of the chapter is Akogun Banjo Ojo, while Adewale became the Deputy Coordinator.
Members of the Europe chapter of the OPU also agreed to commence the construction of an estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. The land for the project was provided by Adams at a subsidised rate.
•Photo shows OPU Convener, Otunba Gani Adams.
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