Dorien Jacob ‘Oyinbo Jesu’ Tells Why She Prefers To Sing In Yoruba


Its interesting to know that more white people are interested in knowing our native language.

For Dutch-Nigerian, Dorien Jacob, aka Oyinbo Jesu, she’s not only interested in the Yoruba language, she’s married to a Yoruba man and sings in Yoruba language.

She tells Punch that she has two albums, Oluwa M’odupe (I thank God) and Ijo Ayo (Dance of Joy), together with countless songs that haven’t even been released.

On why she prefers to sing in Yoruba

When God gives you talents, it flows. I’m married to a Yoruba man who loves his culture and music so much. I also love music and that’s one of the bases of attraction between us.

My husband is an amazing teacher and he was the one who stirred my interest in singing in Yoruba language. Singing in Yoruba enables one to pass a lot of messages that some other languages may not be able to accommodate. My husband writes the songs, we arrange them together, and I perform them.

Even though I cannot speak Yoruba language, I understand it amply. I love the Yoruba culture because it is so colourful and warm.

I come from a close-knit home; so, we never had any problem as my family totally supported our marriage. However, they had to get used to the cultural differences because the Nigerian culture is very strong.

Read full interview on Punch and watch her sing below


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