By Oluseye Arowolo

There is need for all stakeholders to work together towards enhancing the standardization of Yoruba Language to ensure its preservation, continuity and global recognition.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this while inaugurating the International Conference on Yoruba Language Orthography Committee organized by The Yoruba World Centre in conjunction with Yoruba Wikipedia, Dawn Commission, Yoruba Language Teachers in College of Education and Egbe Akomolede Yoruba held at John Paul II Hall, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The governor, represented by the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Naimot Oyedele, commended the co-ordinator of The Yoruba World Centre, Mr. Alao Adedayo, Wikipedia Yoruba, Dawn Commission, media and theatre arts practitioners as well as all stakeholders for organizing the event, saying the process will review and update the existing orthography and enhance the smooth take-off of the new national language policy in Yoruba language.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Co-ordinator, Yoruba World Centre, Mr. Alao Adedayo, who is also the Publisher of Alaroye Group of Newspapers said the body is not embarking on the formation of a new Yoruba Language Orthography but is teaming up with major stakeholders to review the existing one.

Also speaking, the guest of honour at the event, Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose commended the efforts of the Yoruba World Centre and other stakeholders for their efforts in the sustenance of the Yoruba language, culture and tradition, stressing that the review was necessary and timely.

Another stakeholder, the Co-ordinator of Wikipedia Yoruba, Mr.Olatunde Isaac expressed happiness on the programme as it would broaden Yoruba language globally, especially on social media.

Scholars of Yoruba Language, media practitioners from both print and broadcast media, theater arts practitioners attended the event.

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