In a groundbreaking moment for Nigerian sports broadcasting, Aderonke Adesola, the 25-year-old Yoruba sports show host popularly known as OloriSports, has captured international attention through her feature on WION’s (World Is One) news programme, World Of Africa.
Representing India’s first global news network, WION, World Of Africa spotlights global stories from an Indian perspective, making it a remarkable platform for Adesola’s unique talent and creativity in delivering sports broadcasts in the Yoruba language.
The feature, hosted by news presenter Eric Njoka, delves into the unconventional choice made by Adesola to host her sports show in the local Yoruba language rather than the predominant English used in most Nigerian programming.
This departure from the norm has not only brought Adesola recognition on the international stage but also challenges the conventional expectations of sports commentary in Nigeria.
The Yoruba language, a popular tongue in the southwestern region of Nigeria, holds significant cultural importance. Adesola’s decision to use Yoruba in her sports broadcasts not only celebrates the linguistic diversity of the country but also provides a more inclusive platform for fans who may connect more deeply with their native language.
Eric Njoka, the news presenter on World Of Africa, notes that Adesola’s voice represents a departure from the norm in Nigerian sports commentary. Her dedication to delivering sports updates in Yoruba demonstrates a commitment to making sports accessible to a broader audience, challenging the dominance of English and creating an inclusive space for Yoruba-speaking listeners.
This recognition on the global stage is not just a personal triumph for Adesola but also a significant moment for the representation of Nigerian languages in media.
The excited Adesola took to her X handle to share the good news with a lot of dancing emojis.
“On the international scene !!!!! 🔥🔥🎉🎉💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻🥳🥳🥳 It can only be God 😭😭🙈🤲🏻🙏🏻” she wrote.
#WorldOfAfrica | Sports commentator Aderonke Adesola is not the voice most Nigerians expect to hear on the radio.
— WION (@WIONews) November 8, 2023
Some months back, Freelanews had celebrated the uncommon talent too when it featured one of her broadcasts on its TikTok platform. Watch below.