What fascinates author and linguist, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, about language is its ‘resilience despite human attitude’; its ability to ‘find its way, though not always in the directions we want.’
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What books or kinds of books did you read while growing up?
I read all kinds. Being the fifth of six children, I found that the house was filled with a lot of used books. All the children’s storybooks I remember first coming into contact with were those that my elder ones had used, or those my father had bought or borrowed or written. There were lots of Reader’s Digest issues from the 60s to the 80s. There were lots of newspapers and magazines, local and foreign: Prime People, Fun Times, Ikebe Super, Super Story, Vintage People, Atọ́ka, Drum Magazine, and many more. But I remember that most of the first books I read were in Yorùbá, written by my father or his friends/contemporaries: Adébáyọ̀ Fálétí, Láwuyì O
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