Many West Africans that were sold during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade ended up in Brazil.

The unintended consequence is Yoruba, the language predominantly spoken in West Africa, was transported all the way to South America.

This explains why the federal government of Brazil has decided to recognize Yoruba as an official foreign language spoken in the country, so as to promote the importance of African culture in Brazil.

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This was made known by the Brazilian minister of culture, Sérgio Sá Leitão during the fourth edition of the National meetings of the African-Brazilian storytellers.

At the event the minister also said that the government had introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools’ curriculum.

So next time your in Brazil, just go to the Quilombola region in Brazil, where many of the early Yoruba slaves and their descendants have lived since the 13th century, and say ‘E karo (Good morning) Oh!’, you are sure to get a response in Yoruba.

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