YORUBA FOR KIDZ is committed to be the world’s leading Yoruba Language Program and Resource Provider for kids, 18 and younger. The Yoruba Culture and Language is extremely rich and we celebrate it! We believe in building a community and promoting a strong heritage identity. Let us continue to revitalize the Yoruba Language for all generations!
We are also the leading Yoruba Language Providers for your adults 18 and older. Click to check our website for adults at YORUBA FOR ADULTS
About our Camps :
Hello! Bàwo ni? You may be here because you are interested in a child you love speaking the Yoruba Language to a relative, or because you want to connect to your Yoruba heritage and roots, or because you have interest in West African cultures, or you simply want your children to learn a new and different language.
Yoruba for Kidz Camps are are great way to get started on learning Yoruba or brushing up your Yoruba skills. Our Camps are primarily focused on improving spoken language , however at the end of classes our campers should have some knowledge of reading and writing in the language as well.
Our camps introduce concepts with cultural perspectives and within contexts. We highly discourage direct translation from your 1st language to Yoruba. We encourage students to be active learner encouraging lots of practice during an outside classes with no judgement. Join our camps and your child(ren) will be coming up with their own sentences and communicating easily and fluently in no time!
About the Instructors :
Oluwafunke Ogunya-Olaosebikan is currently a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor at the Department of English, Florida State University. She has taught at different levels of education, home and abroad. Her interest in the Yoruba Language and Culture gave her the opportunity to teach non-speaker of Yoruba language as a Fulbright Scholar at the Council on African Studies, Yale University. She lives in Florida with her husband and two kids.
Matthew Ajibade is an associate instructor of Yoruba at Indiana University Bloomington. He has done a considerable number of projects in Yoruba which include translating Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. A Ph.D fellow in Linguistics, Matthew is passionate about using his native Yoruba experience in teaching young and adult non-native speakers of the language.
Victor Temitope Alabi has taught Yoruba to undergraduate and graduate students for over five years as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics. He has published in journals like Yoruba Studies Review and Issues in Intercultural Communication and has presented research papers in conferences organized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA), the African Studies Association (ASA), among others on various linguistic and pedagogical situations in Yoruba discourse. He lives in Indiana with his wife and daughter.
Bukunmi Ogunsola is a trained linguist who developed an interest in dyslexia, and further studied its prevalence in children, level of awareness, and knowledge within the school system in his home country, Nigeria. His passion for language and culture preservation motivated his work on language documentation through which he compiles and curates audiovisual corpus. As a 2019 Fulbright, he taught Yorùbá language and culture at the University of Georgia (USA) and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Literacy and Language Education at the same university.
Oladoyin Abiona is a doctoral student at the department of Communications at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. She had had the opportunity of teaching Yoruba language and culture at Yale University, New Haven on a Fulbright exchange program. She believes language is at the core of communication, identity, and development. Hence, her vested interest in language learning and acquisition. Her hobbies include singing, listening to music, watching movies, and braiding hair.
Tiwalade Ajeigbe’s love for children and passion to promote African culture and language inspired her to write children’s books and create fun children resources to inspire the love of the Yoruba language. She is the founder of Yoruba for Kidz and Yoruba for Adults. She has BS in chemical engineering and an MBA and also runs fun immersion camps that teach Yoruba to children on weekends. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children.