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Friday, April 01, 2011

The funny thing is....

I know how to dance. I really do. And I believe I sing very well. The only person who thinks otherwise is the guy formally known as Caveman.

In my younger days, (over a decade ago) I was seriously writing lyrics because I wanted to pursue a career as a musician. And I knew all those Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera step dance. Nothing special there because I used to do step dance in school. Anyway, my ambition at 17 to go to New York to dance on top of tables did not come true. Thank God. But for me to think that, I must have been one hell of a dancer right? Nobody can tell me I don't know how to dance. Even won a price when I was 7 for good dancing.

But the not so funny thing is that, dancing in church is not coming out the way I want. Seriously. You know during praise and worship when they suddenly switch into these Yoruba songs and everybody goes konko below, swinging from left to right?

I know those steps and I even have these praise and worship CDs in the house. I play them and watch myself dig it in front of a mirror and it comes out well. But in church, I miss the steps and if you are watching, you might think I will fall down. Anyway, I no care o. At least I sabi shake body pass some people.

On a more serious note now people, I don't think there is anything wrong with me and languages but I am not just interested. I want to know how to speak Yoruba. I just can't. It is becoming embarrassing that I was born in Lagos, lived all my life here and cannot speak the language. I have very good excuse for my not speaking it due to growing up location and surrounding and boarding schools away from Lagos. But I spent almost two years in Abeokuta before returning to Lagos last year. What is my excuse now?

Any advice here? I have a yoruba dictionary, but it's too deep. What can I do and why are there no Yoruba schools like French schools anyway?

I never turn my blog to advice only zone o!

PS: INEC gave my offie only 3 accreditation to cover the election. Are they serious? Why will you give a media house just 3 accreditation? Some media houses got 4, but most got 3. It means tomorrow, or today rather, I cannot cover the elections due to no pass. I will just observe my surroundings. I hope there will be more to cover the presidential election. Pls guys, if you registered, go out and vote so that the ballot papers will not be wasted. For it is easier to rig when unused ballot papers are available.


  1. LOL...at going to dance on top of tables in new York. I think I know the solution for you. You need to practice more, both the Yoruba, and the church dancing, lol...

    Have a nice weekend, and vote o...

  2. lol woww I used to "look down" on people that don't know how to speak yoruba especially if they have every opportunity to learn (sounds stupid right?? Yeah I know)...but I guess if you really want to learn, then you should get a teacher or something...and about the dancing in church thing, just keep practicing in front of your mirror lol


  3. lol funny thing is i cant speak yoruba or even my own dialect (shameful innit), but u gats to try harder o cos wetin u go speak for ur children naa??? but u sabi eka-aro o?

  4. @iwalewa : do i kno u??? ur blog name looks/sounds familiar

  5. "On a more serious note now people, I don't think there is anything wrong with me and languages but I am not just interested. I want to know how to speak Yoruba. I just can't. It is becoming embarrassing that I was born in Lagos, lived all my life here and cannot speak the language."

    LOL! Story of my life. I've grown a hard shell to my peers making fun of me for not speaking my mother (abi father?) tongue. Its even funnier when pple that have lived in obodo oyibo all their life can even speak more than me! ha! I did try to learn when I was younger - still would love to learn, but its just not my strong point. O wells, life goes on.

  6. Mrs! you dance? na wa o. i no even see u shake body d whole time we lived together o

    as 4 dat language deficiency, both of us dey d same boat.

  7. From experience, I know that church dancing is different from normal party dancing unfortnately, people cant find the line of difference hence a lot of 'alanta and swor' gets done right in front of the pulpit.

    Make friends with yoruba peeps and have them speak the language to you.

  8. lol, the man formally known as caveman never said you can't sing or dance, in fact he particularly thinks you dance well. about the singing please keep it in the house i beg you. LOL

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