Some notable Brazilian delegates on Thursday in Lagos, has express the desire to speak the unique Yoruba language in order to relate well with compatriots, who speak the language in Brazil.
The Brazilians were present at the inauguration of the Afrobrazilian Studies Center in the Lagos State University to encourage cross-cultural development between both countries.
The delegates, led by the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Flivno Banzaini, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Yoruba language was venerated in Brazil.
According to the delegates, the city called Salvador in Brazil is mostly occupied by Yoruba speaking Brazilians, who have their roots in southwestern Nigeria.
Carla Nachado, one of the delegates said, “My desire to speak Yoruba language heightened when I landed in Lagos few days ago and began to see people speak it with relish.
“I wish I can speak it like them so that when I go back to Brazil I can flaunt my capacity to speak it to my Salvador friends in school.
“I have no doubt that with the inception of the Afrobrazilian Center, there will be an avenue for people like us to be proficient in the Yoruba language.
“The language blends well with the African tradition that is in full practice in Brazil, which tells a lot about the origin of a people. With that language, people will believe that the people of Salvador in Brazil actually come from Nigeria.”
According to Nachado, students from the Rio de Janeiro University will be visiting the Afrobrazilian center for courses that will foster unity among the two countries.
The ambassador also said that the Brazilian returnees who settled on the Lagos Island had been craving for a relationship with their counterparts in Nigeria.