International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture Launches Collaboration with Yoruba Wikimedians User Group

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Photograph: Dignitaries at the launching event. Image Credit : Dansu Peter (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

On the 15th of October 2022, the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture and Yoruba Wikimedians User Group launched a collaboration to promote free access to knowledge in the Yoruba language via Wikipedia and its sisters’ projects such as Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The collaboration was launched on Saturday, 15th of October 2022 at the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture’s headquarters at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture, also known as the “Yoruba World Centre” is a nonprofit organization with the aim to promote, preserve and transmit the Yoruba language to its users, and serve as a go-to place for rich content and materials relating to Yoruba language, people, history, culture, and heritage.

The International Center for Yoruba Arts and Culture was inaugurated by Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, on Tuesday, 23rd November 2021 at the University of Ibadan.

The aim of the collaboration include but not limited to promoting digital content inclusion on Yoruba Wikipedia with verifiable and reliable sources and make the contents available in a manner that will be acceptable to the entire, Yoruba language users, readers, writers, and enthusiasts within Nigeria and in the diaspora.

The event was attended by prominent Yoruba language stakeholders including but not limited to Tunde Kelani, Alao Adedayo, the publisher of Alaroye, a prominent Yoruba newspaper, Professor Akin Alao, a Professor of History at Obafemi Awolowo University, and member of of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Others include Baale Yemi Ogunyemi, the Baale of Oluyole, and a member of the Ibadan South West Local Government Traditional Council.

The event received significant media attention in Nigeria and was reported by the Thisday newspaper,  The Guardian, and  The Punch.

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