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‘Coming To America’ In Yoruba… Just Because…

'Coming To America' In Yoruba... Just Because...

Even though I spent the first 9 years of my life in Nigeria, Yoruba isn’t a language I can claim to understand (my mother is Igbo, so is this were an Igbo translation, I might have been of much better use here). 

But I thought this was interesting enough to share… 

There are Nigerian movies made in Yoruba that are subtitled in English, but it’s not very often that I see an American movie dubbed in Yoruba. Then again, I’m never looking specifically for them… until now anyway; because this did make me curious enough to research American movies dubbed in Yoruba. But I didn’t immediately find anything online. I’ll keep digging though.

I’m told that some enterprising young men got together and decided to dub, in Yoruba, the Eddie Murphy comedy hit, Coming To America, and uploaded it to YouTube – some of it anyway, with more to come.

They say that they did it just for fun, and it is in that same spirit that I’m sharing it (I know some of our readers do speak Yoruba, so you might appreciate this more than the rest of us; although I am really curious to know how literally, in or out of context, the dialogue translates):

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