PHOTO: Meet the American Who Is Fond of Writing and Speaking Yoruba

yorubaprofessor-apter-yoruba-411vibes_copyP rofessor Andrew Apter, a Director of African Studies in University of California, Los Angeles, is very proficient in Yoruba language. He speaks and writes the language as if he was born and bred in a Yoruba remote village. A couple of years back, he wrote to a friend: Prof. Andrew Apter came to Nigeria in the 1980s and within the few months he stayed in Nigeria, he chose the rural areas of Yoruba land which in his estimation still have the African culture and traditions intact. As an anthropologist, he investigated such challenging questions as how humans evolved and came to adapt to diverse environments, what led to the rise of urban life, what causes disease and death, how people imbue their lives with meaning, and how language reflects and shapes social life.

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