Exploring Remembering Yoruba

Remembering Yoruba grew out of Creative Multilingualism, a four-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Open World Research Initiative.

Kate Clanchy has been collaborating with poets from diverse language backgrounds, running workshops in schools that have encouraged students to discover the creative potential that lies hidden even in ordinary words. Timileyin Amusan has shared his love of Yoruba with the students of Brampton Manor Academy. Together, they have composed this wonderfully creative multilingual collection of poems.

Learn more about the project and read editor Kate Clanchy's introduction here >>

Remembering Yoruba poets read their work & discuss their experiences


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Esther Showemino

Being born in Nigeria and growing up there for 3 years formed a big part of my identity and has helped me become the person I am today and so is the reason why I will always consider myself to be Nigerian first although I am also British. My ability of being able to speak Yoruba is something I greatly enjoy and is important to me as a Nigerian because it preserves the connection to my true cultural upbringing. 

Listen to Ester read her poem 'Mo Fe Sun' >>

Hear what Esther learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>


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Tomike Olukanni

Born in America but growing up in England, I have always struggled to identify with my Nigerian heritage. However as I grew older, I took the initiative to start learning more about my culture and it helped me define who I am as a person and it was the best decision ever! Alongside my discovery of Yoruba, I love languages and I also enjoy singing and performing and hope to one day incorporate my love for Yoruba into my musical performances.

Listen to Tomike read her poem 'Ile aye akamora' >>

Hear what Tomike learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>

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Oluwadamilola Ademola

I am an aspiring medic with an interest in languages. I speak Yoruba and French and learnt Yoruba most prominently from my mother who used to teach me using nursery rhymes and parables.

Listen to Oluwadamilola read her poem 'Alagemo' >>

Hear what Oluwadamilola learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>

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Amaris Ogunyemi

I am a vibrant , creative individual with a love for the arts, I take pleasure in being able to express myself in the way that I please as I believe it is important to understand who you are and show the World too. I also take pride in my religion, and therefore I incorporate it into my life as a whole.

Listen to Amaris read her poem 'Nkankan bikose otitọ' >>

Hear what Amaris learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>

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Bethel Uduojie

I am a British Nigerian born in the UK who is very interested in Nigerian culture. My interests lie in the arts specifically history and debating. My favourite thing about Nigerian culture is its language and its foods. This project for me was a way to try and use language to my best ability to construct a story.

Listen to Bethel read her poem 'Ma sukun' >>

Hear what Bethel learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>

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Oluwatannaayo Fagade

I grew up in Nigeria for the first 8 years of my life. My dad is Yoruba and my mum is Igbo. We moved to U.K in September of 2010.

Listen to Oluwatannaayo read his poem 'O ti su mi' >> 

Hear what Oluwatannaayo learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>

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Adepeju Adelusi

I usually go by Peju, and I’m a 2nd generation Nigerian immigrant. I come from both a Yoruba and Hausa background and have experienced and been around Yoruba culture but I have very limited knowledge of the language. I hope that one day I can learn so that I can help pass it on to the next generation.

Listen Adepeju read her poem 'Sho gbo yoruba?' >>

Hear what Adepeju learned from the Remembering Yoruba project >>