So, I received an early Christmas Present from the missus, and it was the DVD box set of ‘The Bourne Trilogy’. (A very good collection of movies, may I add!)
Anyway, I started watching the ‘Bourne Identity‘, and there was a character of a stereotypical African dictator called ‘Wombosi‘. All of a sudden, I begin to hear Yoruba. Hold up, now! I played back the dvd and as clear as day, the Yoruba language was being used as the supposed dialect of said fictional country. Well, that’s interesting, considering I’m a Yoruba boy and I find it hilarious/serious when I hear the language via the big screen. Of course, let’s forget the fact that they (Hollywood) got the subtitling spectacularly wrong, but then again, the dialogue may have gotten lost in translation.
I’ve realised that whenever Hollywood needs a generic West African/sub-continental language, they look no further than the Yoruba language. I checked some film archives and the following movies had some Yoruba including The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and Sugar Hill (1994). So, I’m on a hunt to find any other movie that’s been made with Yoruba in it. If you know of any, please give me a shout.