Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún is a Nigerian linguist, writer, translator, scholar and cultural activist. His work and influence span the fields of education, technology, literature, journalism, and linguistics. He is the recipient of the 2016 Premio Ostana “Special Prize” for Writings in the Mother Tongue. (Ostana Premio Scritture in Lingua Madre) for his work in language advocacy. He writes in Yoruba and English.

Tubosun is renowned for his work in linguistics and language advocacy. In 2012, he led a successful campaign to have Twitter include Yoruba (his mother tongue) in the list of languages into which the platform was being translated.

In March 2015, he founded the “Yorùbá Names Project” at as an effort to document all names in Yoruba in an accessible multimedia format. The project also released a free Yorùbá Keyboard software for Mac and Windows to allow its users type in Yoruba language and Igbo on the internet.

In 2017, he collaborated with OrishaImage to create Yorùbá Melody, a multilingual 90 minutes free Yoruba language “audio phrasebook for Olórìṣà and cultural tourists.” 

Tubosun has contributed to Nigerian creative writing since 2005, through poetry, travel writing, essay, prose, travel writing and literary criticism. His work has appeared in the International Literary Quarterly, Sentinel Poetry, Brittle Paper, Ake Review, Popula, NTLitMag, and Enkare Review. In 2010, he contributed to 234Next as a travel writer.