Undoubtedly, when you mention illustrious sons of Yoruba, Obafemi Awolowo, S.L. Akintola, Adekule Fajuyi, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abraham Adesanya, D.O. Fagunwa, Wole Soyinka, Peter Fatomilola, Kollington Ayinla, Ayinla Omo Wura, Ayinde Barrister, are all sons of the Yoruba nation. They are resourceful, adventurous, standing tall in their different industries, ambitious, anti-status-quo, and true scions. All these aforementioned names and a horde of others have all made a lot of contributions to the growth of the Yoruba nation, as a culture, religion, language, and community.
The next time you think illustrious sons of Yoruba Ancestry, don’t limit your search to a particular location like Ife – the cradle of Yoruba civilization, and you should not limit the peering glass to popular personalities who hug the spotlight very tight. Your spotlight must beam through the whole Yoruba race, searching like the peering eyes of the gods, looking for distinguished and unparalleled sons and daughters who have proved that they are very committed to making sure that the Yoruba Tradition doesn’t go extinct.
Some eminent personalities are emerging and redefining the old order for the new. They are making their marks and making sure that somehow, anyhow, any which way, Yoruba doesn’t become extinct. Those people are proving that no matter the beam of the spotlight on them, whether the cue is on them or not, it is best that they contribute their quota to the development of the Yoruba Nation. One of such people is Timilehin Adeyeye.
Timilehin, a graduate of Pure and Applied Chemistry from the renowned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, once had an encounter with a child that changed his ambition and mindset on how we perceive Yoruba. On that sunny afternoon, while serving his Fatherland as a Youth Corp at his PPA, Timilehin asked an eleven-year-old to pronounce some Yoruba words. It was shocking that the child couldn’t pronounce a word. That incident spurred him to know exactly what he wanted to do in the future.
Passion changed his focus. Instinctively, he knew what he wanted. He saw an opportunity to help the Yoruba child become proud of their heritage. He wanted them to know the difference between Aja (dog) and Aja (roof). That would ensure that the culture is not destroyed and more people become more fluent in Yoruba.
In his careful research and analysis, he found out how the targeted audience responds to new things. Young persons in the last decade have developed fond interest for Mobile Games and would do anything to play latest games recommended from their peers. With the surge in production of handheld devices, heavy leaning on mobile data, and mobile play-stores to download different Apps, Timilehin found the strategy to reach his audience. He founded the world-class Gaming Establishment, Educrush Games.
The 2-in-1 effect, yea? Exactly!
The company successfully produced different boardgames to kick-start awareness. One of such games is Know Oyo. A boardgame designed for bonafide Oyo State citizens who are willing to test their knowledge about happenings, places, locations and people in the State
Educrush produced the first indigenous Yoruba Game providing language and strategy solutions, Yoruba Trivia. An engaging, strategy, and casual MOBILE GAME that stokes the interests of teenagers, mid-adults, and adults to learn Yoruba in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at any location of their choosing.
Yoruba Trivia is a fantastic game made for a deep incursion to Yoruba, compatible with any phone, and has helped first-time non-Yoruba speakers grasp the Yoruba language.
Timilehin Adeyeye is challenging every Yoruba youth to take up speaking the language very seriously. Indeed, the gods have left us Timilehin to make sure we don’t forget culture, tradition, and Language. He has shown that when a list of illustrious Yoruba sons is read, he has made a gigantic contribution that qualifies him a spot on the list.
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