Yoruba Cultural Institute

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I would like to learn Yoruba.
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Great!! Sign up for classes on our website:  http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/apply-now/courses/

Eleda Mi by Olamide

Eleda mi o, mi o, mi o (My creator, my creator, my creator)

Ori iya mi o, mi o, mi o (My mother’s Head/Crown)

Won fe ko bola mi o(won fe koba ola), mi o, mi o ( They want to destroy my wealth)

Ma ma je k’won ja mi o, mi o, mi o (Do not let them destroy me)

Ma kole, ma rale (I will build houses, I will buy land) …

- See the full lyrical translation here: http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/yoruba-music-translated-eleda-mi-olamide/

Yoruba Music Translated: Mukulu – Skales

CHORUS
Ma lo nogede, ma lo slow (Do not dull yourself, do not go slow)
Sun mo mi je k’a jo (Move closer to me and let us dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

Ma lo nogede, ma lo slow (Do not dull yourself, do not go slow)
Sun mo mi je k’a jo (Move closer to me and let us dance)

J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (x3) (Let us vibe and dance)

Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

- See more at: http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/yoruba-music-translated-mukulu-skales/#sthash.ztSU4iJU.oueYG3rK.dpuf

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Ayo (a Yoruba Game)

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Independence Day…#Nigeria

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In April of 2013, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nollywood, the world’s third largest film industry. As more and more members of the African Diaspora become consumers of Nollywood films, it is imperative that the boom of Nollywood be taken seriously by Nigerians everywhere, especially those positioned towield tremendous strategic influence over the industry. 


Film can be a powerful tool for shaping a people. As Studio Museum director, Thelma Golden has noted, “art gives shape to cultural change”. The arts—especially film and television—influence the way we think, speak, behave; what we do with our time, what we value. Motion pictures play a major role—albeit underrated—in the development of any modern nation. 

Join us as we re-define Nollywood, celebrating and re-shaping her influence on the African Diaspora; while enjoying the best of Nigerian cinema, cuisine and networking

There will be three (3) film screenings, a panel discussion and Nigerian cuisine and wine & networking.

4:00PM - Screening of True Story Nollywood by Ihuoma Atanga

4:20PM - Short Film Screening

4:40PM - Q&A with first two filmmakers

5:00PM - Screening of Phone Swap film by Kunle Afolayan

7:00PM - Panel discussion & networking & food served


Panelists include: Stella Damasus (Nollywood Veteran), Awam Amkpa (NYU, Nollywood),Oluchi Enuha (Iroko TV), Tambay Obenson (Shadow and Act.com)


Hosted by: Yoruba Cultural Institute & MediAfritiQ
Supported by: Studio Museum, Applause AfricaIROKOtv, Panla, BUKA

"Happy Birthday, Nigeria"
A message from the YCI President 

Dear Changemakers,

I salute you.

Today I am so proud to be “Nigerian”*. Most Independence Days I mark with silence, or with chastising my government and my people. Even though I have lived outside Nigeria for over 20 years, and only last year was reunited with my first love, first soil after 21 years, I still feel the river Niger running through my veins. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

It is because of an intense love of my grandmother’s tongue, my red soil, my Atlantic ocean, my fried dodo, my egusi, my wide-mouthed laughter, my aso-oke, my afro-juju, my kuli kuli, my suya, my market women, my boli and epa (Oh! sweet Jesus, boli and epa), my ikokore, my Chinua Achebes, my Wole Soyinkas, my Funmilayo Ransome-Kutis, my owambes, my masquerades, It is because of my intense love for everything that makes us powerful, beautiful, formidable that I go to such lengths to create and support initiatives that make us better people. The only way to change Nigeria is to change ourselves. We can’t change ourselves unless we have a vision of a better self. We can be anything we can see.

They say “Nigerians” are the happiest people on the planet. No mystery there. Either it is the emu, the music or the soul of the people. No matter the suffering, we find a way to smile.

I am proud to be “Nigerian” today because I know with absolute certainty that I am part of the generation that will change Nigeria—and Africa—drastically and permanently for the better. My own passions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing work that Africans of this generation are doing to renew the Continent where man, religion and science originated. I am inspired by so many who sacrifice their comforts to make ripples that will be felt by our children’s children.

May we keep the fire burning. May we look back one day and say, “It was all worth it.” May our children’s children thank us.

,

Ololade Siyonbola


*The borders that make up Nigeria were imposed by greedy foreigners, but the historic bonds that have tied us are very real. I still think we should focus on regional and continental advancement and erase the strangers’ borders.

Support an initiative that will change the way we see ourselves:https://www.facebook.com/events/591941287535690/

 

Sign up on our site now for the group online class starting October 1. Classes will meet ONLINE (via Google+) Monday through Thursday from 6:30-7:30 except for the first week which will meet Tuesday through Thursday.

http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/apply-for-the-online-course/
Asker Anonymous Asks:
How do u say forever in yoruba
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Ti ti lai lai

numbla:

Patriotism !

Indeed! & i love the artists they used - real talent! None of that auto-tune crap

Nigeria: 100 years of Unity, “we will stand”

1914 - 2014

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skinnyhipster:

Simply gorgeous❤❤ #nigerian #african #gele #skinnyhip

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uniquekiks:

Simply Gorgeous

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