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    Functional Education: FUOYE students exhibit rich aspects of Yoruba Culture

    …as lecturer deploys professional skills in preparing students on home chores, sex education, life coaching, and others

    By Wole Balogun
    S.A Media to VC

    Recently, students of the Linguistics and Languages Department, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), exhibited some rich aspects of the Yoruba culture in cooking, sports, dressing and marriage matters among others. The students had a workshop in which all these aspects were put into practice after a thorough theoretical teaching from the Lecturer-in -charge, Dr. Adejoke Oluwaseyi-Paul who disclosed that the practical sessions were part of the requirement for a course, which is titled Yorùbá language and culture ii with the code,YOR206.

    Excited students who participated in the workshop were kitted in various beautiful attires local to Yoruba ethnic tribe. Some of such attires were identified with their Yoruba names, such as Adire and Oleku, as depicted in the pictorial representations published here.

    They also participated in several sports activities that are identified with Yoruba race which included local dance to Bata drums, local wrestling called Eke and the recitations and dramatic performances of lfa panegyrics which were given several Yoruba names as Ewi, (praise chant) ljala (hunter’s eulogy) and Ekun lyawo (marriage poem usually recited by about-to-wed or newly wed brides) among others. The exhibition turned out to be very rich, exciting, and greatly impactful, as reported by the students who participated in spirited enthusiasm.

    The University media team had a chat with the Lecturer-in-Charge, Dr. Paul who spoke about the rationale and motivation behind her practical approach to the teaching of the course and the accompanying benefits for the students.

    Hear her:
    “There are a lot of things that influenced the teaching of the course . The first one is the society, you know we are not alien to what obtains in the society now. Most children, teenagers, even grown ups and married people don’t know how to cook because we see them buying cooked meals online. It is not always because they don’t have time but because most people don’t know how to cook. They only go to eateries, and for some, their parents cook for them.

    “People have abandoned the culture of parents teaching their children how to cook.
    What the youths of nowadays could handle are lîght cooking like noodles and boiling water to make tea. Some don’t even know how to boil rice because l got to know this during the practical sessions of the class . I discovered that most of them do not know how to cook, so l felt that it is part of my responsibility as a lecturer in charge of this course, to teach them.

    “I reasoned that even if they would not study more after their first degree from the university, they will still eat and for the ladies, they will have to cook for their families while as men, they will also have to help their wives in the kitchen occasionally when the need arises. This is why I decided to teach them this . And there are also others among them who would like to take cooking as their profession. So, l decided to do this for them, and more importantly, l feel this is a way of giving back to the society that made me. As a lecturer, l feel that apart from teaching my students in the classroom, l should also impact my students with knowledge that will go everywhere with them.

    “I believe more in making my teaching practical and creative. This informs the practical sessions of the course, which is the cooking of various Yorùbá local meals.


    The course itself is a requirement of Yoruba language and culture ii, it’s code is YOR206, and it is about Yoruba language and culture. You would recall that when you came to cover the practical session last year, l did explain that the course is about the history of Yoruba race, language and culture and we even traced touched the aspect of Charles Darwin evolution theory. I taught the students the history of the Yoruba through creation and migration, oral poetry, and all that . Apart from the history, the students were also taught the Yoruba language, studying how the language is formed among others. Then, l also took them through the Yoruba culture and there are so many aspects of this which include marriage rites, baby christening, and funeral rituals as well as how we take care of our day to day activities.

    “So, we included cooking as part of learning about the Yoruba culture since it is also part of it. And we made this practical which made it very interesting. It became more interesting this time around as our teaching included oral poetry in the language which are chanting , lfa panegyrics, dancing, clothing materials called Oleku, local acrobatics otherwise called Eke in Yoruba language and all of that. We also had sessions about sex education in which l taught them about Yoruba culture of chastity before marriage. In this area, l realized the youngsters may not say no to sex before marriage as the society has changed now, so I taught them sex education, on the need to act right. I also taught them about genotype and blood groups as these affect marriage matters. And on the need to prevent having improper blood groups when choosing their marriage partners so as to prevent having children afflicted with sickle cell diseases. On the whole, l prepared them for the future after their university education .


    “I know that our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, really have passion for an all-inclusive and functional education for our students and in particular on the need for them to know what they are doing and face life with full confidence so that they can have meaningful progress in life .

    We want them to go into the world and those they would meet would realize that they are from FUOYE where things are done differently for the benefits of our students. This has always been my focus. I also used my skills as a professional caterer to impact the students in this exercise. The students have learnt so much. And I am sure you would have noticed that from the taste of the meals they cooked and their several presentations. They have been very wonderful students and they have learned so much. There were challenges, and some of these included questions these students raised during the course of carrying out this workshop.

    Most of them do not know anything about cooking and other home chores and l even had to make it practical by taking some of them to the market to fully experience the concept of cooking from that perspective. I even taught them how to bargain with different sellers of foodstuffs and ingredients in the market. I ensured that both the male and the female participated actively in the process, and even the male were actively involved and leant so much.”

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