A very nice Q & A feature on the UGA homepage with Franklin College associate professor of comparative literature and director of the African Studies Institute, Akinloye Ojo:
What are your favorite courses and why?
I love teaching the first-year Yoruba language and culture classes (YORB 1010 and 1020) because of the transformation that occurs in students’ language proficiency and cultural awareness. I particularly enjoy watching my students go from worried novice speakers to poised intermediate level speakers of the Yoruba language after just two semesters. In some exceptional cases, you end up with someone with near-native ability. We have had students who went to Nigeria in the summer after their first year in the program and were evaluated as being early advanced speakers by Yoruba language professors in Nigeria.
What interests you about your field?
My primary field is linguistics, and the most interesting thing about the field, I think, is the focus on one of the key capacities that makes us human—language—and its form, structure, acquisition, use, preservation and evolution over time. Growing up, I was always fascinated by language use, especially living in a home with a school teacher (my mother) and an author and broadcaster (my father) who both worked in the two languages that I speak natively—Yoruba and English. It was therefore exciting when the chance came to choose linguistics as a field of study in college.
If you've ever listened to African Perspectives on WUGA 91.7 FM, then you know Dr. Ojo and what a treasure he is. Great show, great man.