Morinsola Tolu-Otegbade, BA (English, Lagos), MA English Language and World Englishes (Leeds), Teaching English as a Second Language (Canada).
My interest in public speaking started two decades ago at The World Overcomers’ Church, Lagos, Nigeria. I noticed people always liked to listen, with special attention, whenever I spoke either casually among friends or in small group conversations. I received positive feedback including the use of
Before I started my degree, I had invitations to anchor Yoruba traditional weddings. This is totally different from what I was used to, as there are usually two anchors, one spokesperson for each family of the couple, namely, Alaga Ijoko (for the bride’s family) and Alaga Iduro (for the groom’s). Back in the days, this was largely done by older women in their 50’s. That I was young (I still am ), without a formal training on the job, but with so much confidence and dexterity, made me the choice of many.
Studying English, which is mainly about communication skills, at different levels in three countries has given me a rounded experience of the language use, without losing grip of my sweet mother tongue – Yoruba.
The Master of Ceremony (Alaga Ijoko and Alaga Iduro)
Speech Writer and Editor
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