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Brazil Has Made Yoruba an Official Language

The language will also be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum in the country, says the Minister of Culture.

Yoruba history and culture has an undeniably strong presence in Brazilian society, due of course, to the Transatlantic slave trade which brought millions of enslaved West Africans to the Americas. Despite the inhumanity they faced, many managed to keep their ancestral culture and traditions alive.

Centuries have passed, and Yoruba influences still continue to thrive in various regions of the country, as many Brazilians maintain a strong relationship with the language and religion. Its influence can be seen through the music, food and spiritual practices of various communities. Last month the Ooni of Ife—the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people—visited the country, where he was met by crowds of Black Brazilians who turned up to pay their respects.

This connection will likely remain strong for future generations, as the language has now become an official foreign language in the country.

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Brazil's Minister of Culture, Dr. Sérgio Sá Leitão, has said that the language will now be incorporated into primary and secondary school curriculum, reports the Nigerian Voice.

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Floods In Nigeria Have Killed More Than 100 People

The government has declared the flooding a national disaster.

Heavy rains, which caused the Niger River and Benue River to overflow have caused major flooding in Nigeria's southwest and central regions.

The flooding, which began last week, has displaced thousands of people and killed around 100, mostly in the country's rural areas where farmland has been wiped away, reports BBC Africa.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) has called the flooding a national disaster in four states, according to Sahara Reporters, as more downpour is expected. President Muhammadu Buhari has allocated $8.2 million in relief to the affected areas, The New York Times reports.

According to BBC reporters on the ground, there have been 12 states affected by flooding, including Kwara, Benue, Kogi, Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Edo, Anambra, Rivers and Delta, but the flooding appears to have hit Niger State the hardest, where around 40 people have been killed. Residents are being urged to evacuate.

The Economic Times puts the number of people displaced so far at around 30,000.

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Falz Wants to Make You a Member of His 'Sweet Boy Association' With His Latest Music Video

What exactly is the Sweet Boy Association, you ask? We've got you covered.

Following the success of his viral hit "This is Nigeria," rapper Falz takes a more lighthearted turn with his latest single "Sweet Boy."

What started off as a joke that Falz referred to on social media, has turned into a full blown movement of confident, courteous and well-groomed men—with multiple cellular devices, apparently—known as the Sweet Boy Association (SBA). Falz is the association's fly and encouraging leader.

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