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Welcome

BIO

Everyone calls me Kúnmi...

Kúnmi is a passionate and observant student of the spoken and written word. This is a quote from my friend Stephanie. I think it's her diplomatic way of saying I'm a nerd.

 

Over the years I have fervently attempted (albeit with varying degrees of success) to learn French, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. This infatuation with foreign phonetics was the reason why, after four years of finding ever more creative ways to teach people English in Spain, China and the UK, I decided to pursue an MA in Linguistics at SOAS University of London.

While at SOAS, amidst debates on decolonisation and diversity, my attention shifted towards heritage language education, with a fixation on Yorùbá because well…I’m Yorùbá. This new focus was the foundation of my dissertation and featured prominently in a podcast episode I produced with the university's radio stations and SOAS's World Languages Institute.

I have worked on ways to create Yorùbá learning resources for heritage speakers, alongside other writing and editing projects, as well as teaching English for Academic Purposes.

PROJECTS, PAST & PRESENT

...a combination of personal projects and freelance work. These are some of the ones with logos.

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ELT AUTHOR

I write non-fiction and adapt stories into graded readers that help inspire a life-long love of reading in young learners, specifically for children learning English as a foreign language. The first book was published in early 2022.

STUFF I'VE DONE

Some of the fun things I worked on or was a part of.

5 December 2021

GUEST LECTURER

“Why don’t we speak our mother’s tongue? Yoruba language loss, reclamation, & revitalization in the diaspora”

MA African Studies, SOAS

25 November 2020

PANEL MEMBER

2 September 2020

MODERATOR

How Should We Write Yorùbá?

British Library Online Symposium

19 - 24 October 2020

CONFERENCE ASSISTANT

2019/20

WEB & LAYOUT EDITOR

SOAS Spirit

Student Newspaper

21 October 2019

EVENT ORGANISER

Think Like a White Man: Nels Abbey & Symeon Brown In Conversation

SOAS African Caribbean Society Event & Book Launch

24 April 2019

CONFERENCE ORGANISER

TEDxSOAS: Debunking Myths

Official TEDx Conference

2019

CONTRIBUTOR