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Yoruba Studies

About Yoruba

Yoruba is a language of West Africa with over 25 million speakers. It is spoken, among other languages, in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo and traces of it are found among communities in Brazil, Sierra Leone, northern Ghana and Cuba.

Currently, we offer language classes to meet undergraduate students’ foreign language requirement and cultural classes to prepare Africanist graduate students ready for their research stay in any Yoruba speaking community. Below is a list of courses that we offer at the moment:

Study Abroad

Dr Akintunde Akinyemi currently directs the Intensive Advanced Yorùbá Group Project Abroad (GPA) held every summer at the campus of Obáfémi Awólówò University (OAU) in Ilé-Ifè, Nigeria. The program includes: five to six hours of intensive daily Yorùbá language instruction and interaction, cultural activities, excursions to historical and cultural sites on weekends, home-stay with a Yorùbá family for eight consecutive weeks, six-hour credit transfer by OAU to participants’ universities in the U.S. The Yorùbá GPA in Nigeria is part of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program of the U.S. Department of Education and is coordinated by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida in Gainesville for the Association of African Studies Programs and the African Language Teachers Association in the U.S. For Application materials and additional information please visit or by mail:

Dr. Akintunde Akinyemi (Program Director)
University of Florida
PO Box 115560
348 Pugh Hall, Gainesville FL 32611-5565
Phone: 352-392-7082

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Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

301 Pugh Hall
PO Box 115565
Gainesville FL 32611-5565
Phone: 352.392.2422
Fax: 352.392.1443

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