By Adetunji Oduyemi
One thing to learn from the case of Gbadebo Rhode-Vivour is that it is important to teach our children the Yoruba language and ensure they can speak it well.
That Gbadebo cannot speak the Yoruba language fluently is one thing that lends credence to the rumor about his allegiance to the Igbo and doubts about his Yoruba origin. He cannot even speak to defend himself of the many allegations against him!
Look at it this way, he wants to become governor in a state dominated by Yoruba-speaking people but he can’t even speak their language. How will he communicate with our traditional rulers and chiefs when they visit him? What about when he is invited to attend a traditional festival like the Egungun, Olokun, Ogun Ajobo…etc. How will he relate and connect with the people?
I like him, but honestly, I’m just curious. Imagine someone trying to become the governor of a state like Kano who cannot speak the Hausa/Fulani language.
I understand if the school will not allow your child to speak his native language but why do you insist he cannot speak same with you at home? So both at school and at home, they speak English all through. Some parents will even insist that friends and family should only speak English to their kids.🤦
If you like, continue to speak only English to your children o, but don’t be surprised if one day they end up like Gbadebo who cannot even speak Yoruba to defend himself.
Honestly I pity the man. This could have been the perfect opportunity for him. Sùgbón Gbadebo o gbó Yoruba, àwọn ará Èkó náà lè sọpé àwọn ò gbó Gèésì lójó ìdìbò. Ìpàdé di ojó àbámẹ́ta ton bọ. Ire o.