Yorùbá Dictionary .com

About the Authors

A scholar, translator and committed humanist, Dr. Pamela Olúbùnmi Smith is Professor of English and Humanities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she teaches courses on multicultural humanities, the writings of women of color, and American ethnic literatures in both the Goodrich Scholarship Program, a one-of-a-kind multicultural and interdisciplinary two-year undergraduate program, and in the English Department. Dr. Smith is the recipient of numerous campus-wide faculty and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) pedagogy and research grants and fellowships.

A well-traveled multilingual with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, Dr. Smith's professional training and experience are interdisciplinary, spanning the broad areas of national literatures as well as culture and translation studies. Her research interests are in Yorùbá studies, translation and the criticism of African literatures, Anglophone and Francophone African l iteratures. Professor Smith’s extensive publication includes numerous articles and presentations on translation, pedagogy and literary criticism at national and international conferences; review essays and book reviews in many refereed journals; and public readings from her translations.Following the lead of Wolé Sóyinká, 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, who translated Ògbójú Ode, the classical novel of pioneer Nigerian writer, D. O. Fágúnwà from Yorùbá into English in 1968, Dr. Smith translated in 1984 Igbó Olódùmarè (Forest of the Almighty), the second of Fágúnwà's five Yorùbá classics. Since then she has translated Efúnsetán Aníwúrà, Ìyálóde Ìbàdàn & Olú Omo Tinúubú, Ìyálóde Ègbá (Africa World Press, 2005), two much acclaimed historical plays by leading Yorùbá contemporary writer, Akínwùmí Ìsòlá, and is presently completing her English translation of Omo Olúkùn Esin (forthcoming), the first and only Yorùbá revolutionary novel by Adébáyò Fálétí.

Her essays on Fágúnwà and Ìsòlá, published in META, The Literary Griot, and METAMORPHOSES; Journal of Literary Translation, are considered critical to the relatively sparse criticism available on indigenous African literatures. In 2002, Dr. Smith produced English-Yorùbá Dictionary: Vol 219, an 8,000-word serial dictionary for Prime Ad! Services GmbH, Berlin, Germany. In 2004, Dr. Smith partnered with colleague, Dr. Adébùsólá Onàyemí, in producing a much-needed English-Yorùbá/Yorùbá-English Dictionary On-line, a work in progress, www.Yorùbádictionary.comDr. Smith has won numerous summer faculty fellowships and awards for research and teaching, including the 1994 Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She actively served for six years on the board of the Nebraska Humanities Council. Currently, she is Secretary of the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS). Dr. Smith was a former member of the African Studies Association (ASA). She has served on the Executive Council of the African Literature Association (ALA) to which she has been a longtime member. Along with colleague, Dr. Wangui wa Goro, Dr. Smith initiated the newly-formed Translation Caucus of the ALA in 2005. Presently, she is serving on the ALA’s Awards Committee and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA). She is actively involved in community service on the Program Committee of the YWCA board.

The Rev. Dr. Adebusọla Ọnayẹmi is the Executive Director of Bis Bus International, a Yoruba language Multimedia Publishing Company. He is the publisher of Yoruba: Mọ̀ Ọ́n Kọ, Mọ̀ Ọ́n kà, Mọ̀ Ọ́n Sọ – Know How to Write it, Read it, Speak it, a Yoruba language primer as well as four issues of a Yoruba magazine with the same title. He is the founder of Yoruba Readers’ Club of North America which was established to give Yoruba children in the diaspora a practical way to learn their language and culture. A weekly Yoruba Language Learning Zoom meeting with an open invitation is one of the club’s activities. More Yoruba language learning resources are provided at the following web sites: www.learnyoruba.com
(all currently under reconstruction).

Dr. Ọnayẹmi had his undergraduate medical education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria obtaining the MB BS degree in 1974. He completed his Anesthesiology training at the University of Toronto in 1985 graduating as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC). He also obtained the Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Wycliffe College at The University of Toronto in 2007 and was ordained priest in 2015. He currently works as a physician with focused practice of Medical Psychotherapy.

Dr. Onayemi believes that in doing this work, he is fulfilling an obligation and the completion of the task now rests on the shoulders of parents, spouses and others who find themselves in position to teach Yoruba to use this resource to promote our common heritage.