When we administered the Day of the African Child survey questions, the praise from the children of Beehive School
for the wide and varied aspects of their culture seemed unending. We wish to present the particularly heart-warming
and inspiring responses of Beehive schoolgirl, Testimony Olatunde-Eso and Beehive school-boy, Fadeyibi Ibijola.
Testimony Olatunde-Eso is a beautiful, 8 year old child who was born in Nigeria and has lived in the country all her life. Her home-town is Igbara Odo, Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria. In her response to the survey, Testimony shared her love of her tribe, saying that there are so many things she loves about it one of which is the Yoruba language. She gave 2 important reasons why she loves the language: it brings Yoruba people together as one and speaking Yoruba makes her feel a sense of belonging, of being part of a community.
Testimony told us that the people of the Yoruba tribe like to work together to make things easy. Testimony also spoke about Africa Day celebrated on May 25th. She believes that unity is when people come together in peace, love and understanding and describes African unity as the art of African communities staying together in peace, love and so much understanding.
Testimony believes we must keep celebrating Africa in the form of Africa Day in order to further unite Africans and to keep the love, peace and truth alive amongst us. She wishes more people celebrate Africa for all its achievements especially its freedom from colonization.
Ibijola Fadeyibi is a confident 8 year old Nigerian from Ibokun, Osun State in South-West Nigeria. He finds Africa is a very good place to live and loves the language of his Yoruba tribe. He loves the foods in his tribe especially Eba and Okra soup. During the conversation about Africa Day, May 25th, when he was asked about what the word unity meant to him, he told us that it is the coming together of people to achieve the same goals, and added that African unity means that there is peace amongst all the countries in Africa. Ibijola wants Africa to be great and is of the opinion that we need to keep celebrating Africa Day because it reminds us of the freedom we gained in the past.
Teacher’s report of Beehive School on the Day of the African Child survey.