This month’s Club consisted of 20 people and began with the song Mo gbo gba, a song we learned at the end of the last meet and one that made everybody present blush. Before the Conservation began, we were invited to be understanding, patient and supportive of each other’s abilities.
As usual, we proceeded to introduce ourselves to the facilitators before us and to the people next to us, so as to get an understanding of the wonderful mixture we were. We then broke off into little clusters with a Master speaker guiding each group, with technology as the theme of the conversation.
After 15 minutes of mixed group conversation, we broke off into one-on-ones; drawn to each other by ability and/or by interest.
This evening’s Club meet-up was the characteristic mixture of Master speakers, those entirely acquainted with Yoruba, imbibed with the ability to wax both lyrically and nuanced in the language; those who could understand it in its entirety but were rusty in speech, and those who were complete beginners, with little more than an understanding of what their names meant and a burning desire to know more.
At the end of the evening, the one thing not verbalised but resoundingly clear was that the language meant a lot to all of us in the group; and as a result we were willing and want to put in the work. We were encouraged to make our own localised circles to keep the momentum up.
The evening closed off with drinks and merriment, and closed as it had begun, with song.
Faka fiki faka fi
Faka fiki faka fi
Mo le gunke, mo le so
Mo le gunke , mo le so
Oke ti alajapa ko le gun
Mo ti gun, mo ti so
YCC words uncovered
alaiseke, olotito; alaisojusaaju: Impatient
Ará Ẹbí: Family
Gbeyin, kẹhin: last
Atata, mi olufẹ: my beloved
Toju: take care of
YCC words to discover for the next meet up
The next Yoruba Conversation Club Meet Up is on April 9th, 6pm – 8pm.