History records that Africans were taken from their continent to other parts of the world during the Atlantic slave trade.
Many of those taken ended up in different countries, scattered all round the world, and their belief and culture with them.
Years have however passed, and slave trade is history but the post-effect of that era has formed our present reality.
Although, humanity is struggling to accept what it created, the equation still remains what it is.
Africans are in almost every country, in every continent living their lives far away from home.
Brazil is a South American country with a good number of Africans, especially west Africans from Nigerian and other countries.
It is however a fact that one of the languages spoken in Brazil is Yoruba, a language dominate in Western Africa.
That explains why the government of Brazil now recognizes Yoruba as an official (foreign) language spoken in the country.
During the fourth edition of the National meetings of the African-Brazilian storytellers last weekend,
Yoruba culture was celebrated at the region of Quilombola,
Quilombola harbors quite a number of Yoruba descendants living there since the 13th century.
However, the Brazilian minister of culture, Dr Sérgio Sá Leitão at the celebratory weekend said
“the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum”.
The program tagged “AYO” featured prominent names in African literature, including Prof Wole Soyinka and the first female doctorate degree holder in Yoruba Philosophy, Dr Sophie Oluwole (aka Mamalawo of the University of Ibadan).
Dr. Sá Leitão made it clear at the event that the government will continue to promote the importance of African culture in Brazil.
Providing Afro-descendants the opportunity to be a partaker in the culture and tradition of the African people.