Towulade Akinale, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, has called on teachers and education administrators in the Yoruba speaking states to bring back school curriculum that would teach Yoruba language in primary and secondary schools.Oba Ogunleye recalled the values inherent in the teachings of Yoruba language through the various literature books written by authors like D.O. Fagunwa, J.F Odunjo and Olabintan among legions of authors and writers.The monarch was addressing pupils and teachers of Akinale Baptist Day School who called on him while celebrating the culture and tradition day.
Pupils and teachers of the school joined their counterparts across the country to celebrate culture and tradition of their people. They all dressed in traditional stores and held a carnival like parade round the town.At the Towulade palace, they performed a mini dance drama which depicted the values inherent in the culture and traditions of their parents.Oba Ogunleye, commended the troupe and charged the children to hold the culture and tradition of their origin and particularly not lose their mother tongue.”To you as Yoruba speaking children, you should preserve the culture and heritage of your pedigree by ensuring you learn, understand and speak your mother tongue. The values of honesty, deligence, cleanliness, hardwork and respect for elders are the forebears of omoluabi which, for whatever reason should not be lost” Oba Ogunleye charged.He paid glowing tributes to Yoruba legendary authors like D.O Fagunwa, J.F. Odunjo and Professor Olabintan, among many whose literary works moulded the characters of past generations.The monarch, therefore implored all stakeholders in education to encourage comprehensive training for the young generation in the values of their home culture and traditions.