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MEET UNILORIN STUDENTS DEVELOPING COMPUTER THAT SPEAKS AFRICA LANGUAGES.

Hello guys! Do you remember I posted about some unilorin students who are working on a computer programming called” Linguo” this computer will be designed to have the ability to speak different Africa languages, I mean all Africa languages… Isn’t that incredible?

A lot of students from the University of Ilorin were,and are still interested in them and I’m glad you glad about that . So I took it upon myself to have a deep conversation with the head of the team, the person of Kolawole Felix Oyerinde.
Below is an interactive session with him.
Also pictures of every member of the team is attached to this interview.

Gimmehear.com: Hello, Can I know you better?

Felix: My name is KOLAWOLE Felix Oyerinde, A graduate of Computer Science, University of Ilorin, 2016

Gimmehear.com:

So, Mr Kolawole… I heard about your innovation? How do you come about such idea?

Felix:

It all started during the development of my final year project titled “VOIS – An enhanced operating system for people with disabilities”, in which I combined the powers of Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis to build a customized version of Windows OS that could be operated using speech.

Then it occurred to me : “why can’t we have an operating system that we could operate using our indigenous languages?”

Most of the technological advancements in the field of languages have focused mainly on “international languages”, while our “indigenous languages” are constantly losing their values and dying out.

According to Wikipedia, UNESCO reported the “Igbo language” in the year 2006 as one of the endangered African languages, a language which was then predicted to become extinct within the following 50years.

Gimmehear.com:

As a Alumina of university of Ilorin, would you say your research is base on what your learnt from school or random learning.

Felix:

“The environment we live in has a lot to play in what we become”. Yes, it’s based on what I learnt in school

Gimmehear.com:

I read you are a group, how is ihe team fending?

Felix:

The team is the best team I’ve ever been a member of. Everyone is perfect at what he does. There’s no doubt when it comes to what we have set out to achieve, for Linguo has the right people for it
right people to make it’s dreams come true

Gimmehear.com:

That means every member of the team has his specific routine?

Felix: Yes

Gimmehear.com:

Is anything needed towards full estabilishment of Linquo from the world at large?

Felix:

Yes. Linguo is like a newly born baby. We, the team behind Linguo might be her parents, but it takes more than just the parents to raise a child. So, we need everyone who believes in this child’s dream to support her growth, financially and intellectually.

Gimmehear.com:

How can people support Linguo intellectually?

Felix:

You could do that by using her services regularly, detect her mistakes, imperfections, and make suggestions for improvements.

Gimmehear.com:

How useful will linguo be to the society?

Felix:

Linguo is going to redefine computing for Africans entirely.

Felix:

Imagine a world where computing is made easy for everyone regardless of their languages. Imagine a world where our elderly ones (who never went to school) could operate their computer devices, surf the internet, using their their languages

This would go a long way in preserving the values of our languages for the generations to come. This is because the native speakers of these languages would be able to correct Linguo’s flaws. We, Africans, then, wouldn’t need to worry anymore about the the current high rate of convergence of languages into one. For even while many of the words in our indigenous languages have been replaced with international languages, we would be rest assured that Linguo still hold these languages in its pure form.
They can write using their indigenous languages.

Gimmehear.com:

Is there challenges your team has faced so far?

Felix:

Yes. We faced numerous challenges during the development of the project. There were not much helpful resources online due to the novelty of the project. So, we decided to build our own engine from the ground up. A decision that required us to deeply understand the foundational structures of these languages, and then teach the computer what we have learnt. We did face issues too, during the recording of the sounds. We also had to fund the development of the project internally. And by December 2016, the Yoruba language service of Linguo was already completed. But we didn’t want to come open with a “half-baked cake”, so, we decided to work on other languages while we constantly test and eventually perfect the Yoruba language service.

Gimmehear.com:

What would you love to say to students and graduates out there who believe in you?

Felix:

Firstly, on behalf of my team, I would love to say “thank you”. We are highly honored to have you with us. And we promise that we would do our best not to ruin your expectations.

Secondly, we are using this medium to openly call out to you – young men of great dreams out there, not to let go of your visions to make Nigeria, Africa and the entire world a better place to live.

Your ideas, innovations and contributions matter. And always remember that quote in Marvels Agents of Shield that says: “the steps you take don’t have to be big, they just need to take you in the right direction”. Thank you for your love.

Unilorin innovative student
Olarewaju Doyin

Olowonirejuaro Oreoluwa
Olowonirejuaro Oreoluwa

Unilorin innovative student
Kolawole Felix

Unilorin innovative students
Adebayo Abolaji

#Thelinguoteam

Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus
Temi Badmus is a Food scientist and an Art enthusiast. Her desire is to give a listening ear to people and to give an opportunity for everyone to be heard. Has any one told you that you are special? Yes, you are. You were beautifully designed, you are relevant to this generation and very special to me. Connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/temi-badmus-a7171bb1
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One Reply to “MEET UNILORIN STUDENTS DEVELOPING COMPUTER THAT SPEAKS AFRICA LANGUAGES.

  1. May Almighty Allah crown ur effort and make everything possible . Am really enjoying the write up @Gimmehear the lord is ur strength. I pray they come out with perfect result and meet everyone’s expectations.

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