Testimonials

As THE undisputed pioneers and leaders in the field, we know how online and offline African language learning works and have guided hundreds of students to certified fluency and beyond with streamlined intensive courses.

Abibitumi Kasa instructor, Obadele Kambon, has received African Language teaching certification from the National African Language Resource Center (CV) and advanced degrees (MA and PhD) in Linguistics as well as African Languages and Literature.

However, the most compelling verification of the power of the classes offered at Abibitumi Kasa comes in the form of STUDENT VERIFICATION. Real life people whose lives have been changed for the better forever by taking Abibitumi Kasa classes. Interested? Read on...

  • (Note that we are now based in Ghana and are no longer offering in-person classes in Chicago. In person classes are currently in Legon, Accra, Ghana and via our Live Streaming Online Classrooms)

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Prof E. Kweku Osam PhD Supervisor TestimonialProfessor E. Kweku Osam [Pro-Vice Chancellor UG-Legon 2011-2014, PhD Supervisor]

Throughout his doctoral research, Dr. Kambon displayed an amazing grasp of functional theoretical constructs and manifested very impressive analytical skills. In the last two years, three of my doctoral students have completed their studies and, among them, Dr. Kambon towers above all in terms of his dedication, enthusiasm, intellectual capabilities, and his rate of work.

 

I have known Dr. Kambon long enough to appreciate his personal discipline and dedication to work.

 

Sincerely, 

Prof. E. Kweku Osam

 


 

Kwasi Konadu Testimonial 2Professor Kwasi Konadu [Advanced Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Mo ne adwuma o! Kwame (Obadele), you have done well and your work with the Abibitumikasa.com and AKALI is exceptional. My advanced study of the Akan (Twi) language has grown much under your direction, and my studies have been enriched by your deep knowledge of the language and culture, competent yet flexible and accessible style of teaching, as well as a rare but greatly welcomed commitment which you demonstrate to learners. Our coverage of Akan proverbs, drum texts, stories, and poetry has reminded me that to study a language is to study a civilization, and I appreciate that.

 

Though I will certainly continue to study Akan (Twi), and Yoruba a little later, I encourage those of our folks with internet access or who reside in Chicago to check out AKALI and its resources! Twi kasa no te sɛ nkwan-dɛ pa berɛ a obi nim mmɛ binom. Ɛyɛ me sɛ meda onua Kwame ase ɛfiri sɛ abɛdwaa pɛ nkwa a, na ɛbata odum. Yoo, yɛbɛdi nkɔmmɔ akyire yi ara!

 


 

 

Kwabena Ɛtuɔhene TestimonialNana Kwabenata Ababio Ɛtuɔhene [Intro through Advanced Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Abusuafoɔ mekyea mo o,

 

Me din de Nana Kwabenata Ababio Ɛtuɔhene. Masua Twi kasa ɛwɔ Abibitumu Kasa mfeɛ mmiɛnsa ne abosome nnan. Na mete Sacramento, California nanso, adom bi nti, afei deɛ mete Asanteman mu o.

 

Ɛyɛ me anigyeɛ sɛ metumi frɛ Ɔbenfoɔ (Dr.) Kambon me Twi kasa ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ ɛnna m'adamfo nso. M'ani agye ne ho pa ara ɛfiri sɛ wayɛ baabi (Abibitumi Kasa) a, ewiase yi mu, ɛno nko ara na ɛkyerɛ yɛn abibifoɔ kasa a ama yɛasan aba yɛn akyi. 

 

Abibitumi Kasa nyɛ baabi a wobɛsua abibifoɔ kasa kɛkɛ. Mmom, wɔ Abibitumi Kasa, wobɛhyɛ aseɛ anante wo Sankɔfa kwan so na, afei, wobɛdwene te sɛ w'abibifoɔ nananom. Wei na ɛma Abibitumi Kasa da mu fua a ɛnte sɛ fidie ntentan ahwɛeɛ nyinaa a aka ɛfiri sɛ ɛnyɛ kasa nko ara na wobɛsua wɔ ha.

 

Ɛnam Dr. Kambon nti, metumi bɔ bra papa wɔ Asanteman mu. Mewɔ nnamfoɔ bebree a me ne wɔn ka Twi kasa no da biara. Sɛ mekɔ dwa mu a, menni haw koraa ɛfiri sɛ metumi tɔ biribiara a mepɛ  na afei, menyera da wɔ Ghana ɛfiri sɛ menim sɛnea metumi bisa obi kwan a mɛfa so akɔ me fie no biom.

 

Mekamfo Dr. Kambon ɛde aka ne ho asɛmpa na mebɔ mpaeɛ sɛ n'adwuma no bɛkɔ soɔ wɔ Abibitumi Kasa akɔsi awieeɛ.

 

 

 


 

Nana Baffour TestimonialDr. Asa G. Hilliard (The Late Nana Baffour Amankwaatia II)

One of our youngest master teachers, Obadele Kambon, is now offering Twi and Yoruba on-line! Here is an opportunity for every African who does not know one to learn an African language, or to learn another one if one is known already.


Sankofa calls. Among all of the things that we learn, we must master the linguistic and cultural tools to go back and get what we have left behind, as a major step to go forward.



Seba Mawiyah and Seba Kamau Kambon, parents of Baba Obadele have given us a great gift, a son who is pleasing to our ancestors. Ase!

 


 

Kala Mujibha [Intermediate Yorùbá Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Ẹ kúuṣẹ́ oo, Abibitumi Kasa! Olùkọ́ mi, Ọbádélé, inú mi dùn láti sọ pé mo jẹ́ akẹ́kọ̀ọ́ rẹ nítorí pé o ṣiṣẹ́ púpọ̀ l'ójoojúmọ́ láti mú kí àwọn ènìyàn dúdú gbọ́ èdè ará ilẹ̀ adúláwọ̀. Abibitumi Kasa kò dà bí ibí ayélùjára mìíràn rárá. Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé mú kí àwọn akẹ́kọ̀ọ́ gbádùn gbogbo ìsẹ́jú tí a wà ní ìdánilẹ́kọ̀ọ́ wa. Nígbà tí a ń kọ́ Yorùbá, a ń kọ́ nípa èdè, a sì tún ń kọ́ nípa Òmìnira ènìyàn dúdú. A kọ́ nípa ọ̀nà tí a lè sọ̀rọ̀ nípa àwọn nǹkan t'ó ṣe pàtàkì fún wa. Kó dà, nísisìyìí mo mọ̀ bí a ṣe ń sọ òmìnira (fahodie) ní Yorùbá àti Twi! Nítorí pé mo wá sí ìdánilẹ́kọ̀ọ́ rẹ Yorùbá, mo lè gbọ́ àwọn àmì ohùn dáradára jù ti àtẹ̀hìnwá lọ. Mo sì lè sọ Yorùbá dáradára jù ti àtẹ̀hìnwá lọ. Mo dúpẹ́ Olùkọ́ mi! Kí Ọlọ́run túbọ̀ síi ràn ọ́ l'ọ́wọ́ pẹ̀lú Abibitumi Kasa! Kí Abibitumi Kasa túbọ̀ síi lọ sókè!

 



 

Afia Keedy TestimonialAfia Keedy [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Maaha. These are just a few things learning Twi at Abibitumi Kasa has done for me.



Baako- It increases your brain power-Having to think, comprehend, and respond in logical manner in another language causes you to stretch the limits of your mind.



Mmienu- It adds to your own personal development - Being able to learn another language gives you a deeper sense of achievement. It gives you a cursory glance of what your mind is capable of doing.



Mmiɛnsa- It gives us another means to communicate without relying on YT.



Ɛnan- It bridges gaps amongst Africans. - This is the most important reason for me. While I was visiting Ghana, I used as much Twi as I was capable of. When I spoke to my brothers and sisters in Twi, I was regarded with respect for taking the time to learn a mother tongue and for trying to use it. This feeling of acceptance by my Ghanaian brothers and sisters goes way beyond anything I have ever experienced. It also tore down the barrier of relying on YT language to communicate.



And as a side note, I was commended for the tonation used while speaking. Everyone thought I had learned Twi from a native speaker. When I told them I learned from an African in the u.s. through Abibitumikasa, they were shocked. So I am a personal witness on the importance of learning our languages and the thorough instruction provided by Abibitumikasa.



If you are serious about being an African and your aim is to help Africans throughout the Diaspora, it would behoove us all to learn our own languages.



I will continue studying Twi and hope to learn other languages as well. I challenge others to do the same.



Meda ase pa


 

Neico Sa-Ra TestimonialNeico Sa-Ra [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Nkɔso

I am Neico Sa-Ra, Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Teacher, Warrior: Nkɔso! My interest in learning Twi originally stemmed from a comment Okomfo Nana Kweku Sakyi made. I wanted to study the Akan Spiritual System, specifically from the Bono Tekyiman region and while in a study group with Nana Sakyi he stressed that we can not really know the spiritual tradition unless we know the language.

 

This comment from Nana spoke to the importance of learning the language because it is a reflection of the culture and the culture is a reflection of the spiritual tradition. My first Twi class was with Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ Kwame Obadele and he continues to be the voice of clarity in not only the language but in the culture as well. Abibitumi Kasa has guided me on my path of Sankɔfa and for that I am grateful. Understand that Obadele's teachings are special not only because of the emphasis on clarity of speech and intonations but also for the warrior spirit that is behind each and every lesson.

 

Today a Ghanaian who viewed just the proverb page reported that she learned not only proverbs that she didn't know but words that she had lost in her amerikkkanization process. If Abibitumi Kasa can do this and hook the sista up at just a glance just think of what it can do for you....., Abibitumi Kasa is HOT all day long, if you haven't already you should check us out!!

 


 

 

Terry Johnson TestimonialTerry Johnson [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

I have taken Ọbádélé's Yoruba and Twi classes. I am amazed by his knowledge of African languages, linguistics, African culture, African history, and African sprituality. I am amazed at how Africans from home react to Ọbádélé speaking Yorùbá, Twi, KiKongo, or Wolof. Reactions I have witnessed from Africans are: "ah", "What is this", "I can't believe this", "His parents must be from Africa", "How does he do this", "Why", "This can not be so", "This is the real language", and more. When I showed a Yorùbá woman my syllabi from Ọbádélé's Yorùbá class, she said, "I am afraid of this", "Bring him (Ọbádélé) here". You must, if you haven't, experience Ọbádélé talking to Africans from home in African languages. It's a real treat. It will blow your mind. It will show you how great this little brother is. He is going to be big. WATCH!

 


 

Ifalola SangoyemiIfálọlá Ṣàngóyẹmí [Intro and Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Orúkọ mi ni Ifálọlá Ṣàngóyẹmí. I have taken both Intensive Yoruba I and II with Dr. Obadele Kambon. I became a member of Abibitumi Kasa in June 2013.  Shortly after, I decided to embark on the path to learn the language of my ancestors.  

 

I highly recommend this class for anyone looking to master the language in a short amount of time.  The class sessions are extremely interactive and Dr. Kambon is an instructor who knows how to make his students feel both comfortable and confident. He is full of both knowledge and jokes. :-)  Class is never a bore and you'll always get a little more than you came for. In addition to the standard curriculum, Dr. Kambon would share songs, proverbs and more. 

 

I am in full support of him and the entire Abibitumi Kasa team.

 


 

Ojuolape Efunyale TestimonialOjúọlápé Ẹfúnyalé [Intro through Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

I discovered Abibitumikasa at the Sankɔfa Conference in Washington, DC in 2006 via a flyer. When I got back home and analyzed everything in my tote bag I looked at this flyer and thought wow, this is exactly what I have been looking for. You see I was ready to study the Yorùbá language as an Awo of the Ifá Spiritual System but I wanted to learn the language the way my ancestors spoke it so I could know their paradigm, our paradigm, before we understood the world and everything in it with English ears and an English tongue. I signed up for the next Yoruba class that was being taught that Spring. I never looked back.



Since then I have taken 3 Yorùbá classes with Abibitumikasa and it has been a truly enlightening experience. Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé teaches Yorùbá (and I'm sure all other Afrikan languages) in a way that gets to the heart of the speech. What I love about his teaching style is that he does not give loose translations of the words into English. He breaks the words down and unties them so that we will know exactly what Afrikans thought of this object, or of that concept. Learning an Afrikan language on Abibitumikasa.com has been an integral part of my Re-Afrikanization process. A process of re-discovery, re-definition, and re-vitalization of words that are uniquely ours. I am finally at a place where I am comfortable with the language. I have retained enough that I enthusiastically untie Yoruba words when I hear them to learn what they really mean. I refer to the way my Yoruba ancestors thought when I am trying to wrap my mind around a concept. Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé has always been very patient with me in my mastery of the tonal Yorùbá language (I think I finally got it). Language classes at Abibitumikasa is an experience like no other...trust me

 


 

Patricia Beck TestimonialPatricia Beck (Akosua) [Intro Twi Chicago] Student Verified Seal of Approval

(Dear) Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo Obadele Kwame

Mekyea wo!

Please forgive my haste, and delay, in applauding your work at Abibitumikasa, including your courage and tenacity to construct a Twi Language curriculum, and to making it available in both classroom and on-line settings. As I become more proficient with Twi, I shall also write in Twi.

I attended the 8-week introductory course at Betty Shabazz International School in Chicago this past Fall, and was most impressed with the experience. I refer to it as 'an experience' because the course presentation went beyond the organized and familar "schoolroom" format of syllablus, blackboard, paper-pencil and note-taking, and technical instruction in which, by the way, your background in linguistics and your proficiency in Twi were most impressive! The ongoing infusion of the cultural dynamics of Akan Culture: the music, presented as background throughout instruction; the presentation of a variety of authentic African musical instruments; the constant interjection of Akan sayings to explain "everything;" the insistence of Twi usage in our interactions with you and with each other; your very lively and animated storytelling; the respect you afforded us, the elders, always; and the active inclusion of the children on our classmates (including homework assignments), all triggered a sense of 'belongedness' that gave us the feel of "A Village" environment. For me, this engagement was priceless! I learned a lot!

Most memorable for me, however, were your continuous phone calls to me (and, also from classmate, Ama, aka Ruqayya) during my class absences and attempts to become a "dropout!" Because of the quiet and humble tenacity of you both, I completed the course and participated in the very fun (and funny) class play held at the Palace Gate Restaurant (Ghanaian.), also attended by our class, the Yoruba class and friends. This event, with sights, sounds and food of Ghana, and the entire class experience leaves my heart hopeful of the rise, again, of Africa!

I am on my way to South Africa, in five days, and cannot join you in the current class offering, nor can I travel with you to Ghana in January. But look for me in February when you offer the introductory class, again. I need it, and will be there. Once I am there, remember that I require support to see it through. I expect it!

Bio...Meda ase, pa!

Akosua
aka Student Patricia Beck

ps...not responsible for Twi misspellings or misuse, yet!

 

 


 

Iya Omitade IfatosinÌyá Omitádé Ifátósìn [Intro Yorùbá Online through Advanced Student Verified Seal of ApprovalYorùbá Ghana]

The Yorùbá language classes are so valuable that I have encouraged members of our Ilé to take the class. Everyone who has taken a class has benefited greatly. Not only do you learn the vocabulary and the correct pronouciation of the words but you also learn how the language supports appropriate protocol, respect for Elders and respect for African Traditional Religion.

Ẹ ṣé Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé for offering these teachings.

 


 

Afua Brakwa TestimonialAfua Brakwa [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Brother Obadele's Twi class was awesome! As a participant, this class helped me to retune my Afrikan tounge. I enjoyed the many proverbs and songs we learned throughout the class. As a mother and wife I can share what I've learned with my family, as a teacher I can share what I've learned with my students and as a cultural activist I am happy to share what I've learned with our community.

MO NE KASA Brother Obadele! We appreciate the gifts and talents you have brought to the world!


I just had to share this with you. I haven't been to your site in a while and today I remembered an article that you posted on your site that I wanted to reread and I saw what you have done with your site! In my best Chicago venacular I just got to say DAMN Obadele your website is COLD!

I am REALLY big on presentation... brother your site is awesome! I love the presentation! Your website presents the idea that SERIOUS Afrikans have come together to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Anyway, just wanted to share... hope all is well in Ghana!

 


 

Ruqayyah Albakri TestimonialAma Ruqayyah AlbakriStudent Verified Seal of Approval-Polk [Intro Twi Chicago and Intro Yorùbá Online]

Absolutely Blacktastic!!!

When I started the class I did not have a strong language background so I wasn't sure what my level of success would be. I have actually amazed myself. I took the online beginning and intermediate Twi class. I also attended the beginning class in Chicago with my 7-year old nephew and 11-year old niece who enjoyed the class immensely. Obadele's Twi class was exciting, engaging and encouraging. Learning conversational Twi with Obadele was nothing like any other language class I had been exposed to. Our class had a flow of instruction that was entirely Afrikan and encouraged me to think outside of my typical perception of "traditional" learning and instruction. Among many other things, I learned common greetings, sentence construction, proverbs, history, cultural facts, and traditional spiritual beliefs. I also learned how all of these elements helped to shape the Twi language. Obadele accomplishes this through his depth of knowledge of this language and many other Afrikan languages. Nowhere in the English-speaking world can you match his wonderful language instruction. I encourage anyone who has even the smallest level of interest in one of the language classes to step forward wherever you are in the world and take one of the classes.

Our beginning Twi class along with the beginning Yoruba class had the opportunity to perform our final presentation for friends and family in the presences of local Twi and Yoruba speakers. They were impressed with our language skills and how we were reclaiming our Afrikan history through learning our Afrikan languages.

I have had the opportunity to see Obadele speak to Ghanaian Twi-speakers who could not even match his depth of the language. He was able to speak in ways that were not typical to local speakers today, using phrases and proverbs that are not even today being widely passed down on the continent. One beautiful Ghanaian woman commented that she never even spoke some of the words that he used; she had only heard of such use of the language and never even used the language that way herself, so even on the continent his level of knowledge and skill is difficult to match.

Obadele has devoted his life to genuinely learning of his people and their traditions and now he is helping us to reclaim our culture for ourselves. Thank you to all of the Beautiful Afrikans that I have been blessed to meet through taking these classes and thank you Obadele for your devotion to us. I am taking the advanced class this month and next time I promise to write in Twi.


 


 

Nana Abenaa BaakanNana Abenaa Baakan [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Meda ase Ɔkyeame Kwame, I give praises to you for dedication to teaching us Abibifoɔ our true language. This class has been a true blessing for me. I found the format very structured yet engaging. I not only learned a language, I added to my cultural understanding of who I am as an African woman. This needs to be mandatory for every one! I look forward to taking my other classes with you. Stay strong and joyful. Nana A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

aK Student (no pic)Ọyátólú Ọyápèmí [Intro Yorùbá Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Ṣé àlàáfíà ni?
I attended Obadele's Yorùbá classes at Betty Shabazz School early in 2006. Brother Ọbádélé is an enthusiastic lover of African language. His teaching style is personable and thorough. I would highly recommend the classes to those interested in learning the Yorùbá language. Even though I didn't take his Twi class, I would recommend the Twi class also because the Twi students raved about him as a teacher as well.

 

 

 



 

 

Dr Mawiyah Kambon testimonialDr. Mawiyah Kambon (Nana Efia Nsia Asantewaa Mawiyah Kambon) [Intro and Intermediate Akan (Twi) Online] Student Verified Seal of Approval

I have been blessed to be able to participate in Obadele Kwame's online Twi classes. Developing the ear to receive the intonations has been a welcomed challenge. The dialogue exercises have truly helped with this process. Obadele's patience and generosity is a part of his many gifts. May Onyame continue to guide his path and may we all continue to receive the energies sent from our Nananom Nsamanfo though this work. I will definitely be taking the intermediate classes this fall and encourage everyone to reclaim our heritage and sign up for a course. Meda wo ase Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo Kwame.


 


 

Cera Dione Ridley [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

I am so very glad that I took the Intro to Yoruba language course.  Not only did I get a good starting foundation for carrying on a conversation in Yoruba, but I also received knowledge about the culture.  Obadele is an incredible instructor.  He is very patient, knowledgeable, and funny.  I would and have recommended this course to my friends and hope they too will take advantage of such a resourceful website and learning opportunity.  

 

 

 


 

 

Cicely Akosua McClennonAkosua Cicely McClennon [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Yes! I can have a conversation in Twi after 8 classes!    

For real! It's true and I will try it out in Ghana in 2 weeks!     

Cicely aka Akosua

 

 

 

 


 

Obataiye Samuel testimonialỌbátáiyé Samuel [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online] Student Verified Seal of Approval

I am currently enrolled in the online Yoruba class and this is my second time around. The class is so necessary when it comes to finding our Afrikan tongues. Oluko Obadele makes it all make sense. He has a certain mastery and perspective when it comes to Yoruba language and culture that puts the "A-Ha" in learning. The "Oh, I get it".
In order to speak a language well, you must also think in that language. This is the goal that is set and what I am striving for. Obadele has showed me this goal is attainable.

 


 

Afia Khalia BennettAfia Khalia Bennett [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online + Ghana]

I just completed my first language class here in Abibitumi kasa! It was a blacknificent Student Verified Seal of Approvalexperience. I enjoyed the pace and flow of the class and all my class members as well. I thank you Obadele Kambon very very very very much for the opportunity to learn an Afrikan language from an Afrikan. I will and do recommend this site to everyone serious about learning an Afrikan language. This step that I have taken with your help has been a long time desire and dream of mine. I thank Onyame for you and your family!!! And I look forward to completing more blacknificent classes with you and other like minded Afrikans. I looooove Abibitumi Kasa and give praises to the Most High! and my Ancestors for guiding me here. Forward ever!!! backward never!!!!

EACH ONE, TEACH ONE!!!! Meda ase papaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!


 

aK Student (no pic)Ayorinde Ajewumi [Intro and Intermediate Yoruba Live Streaming Online]

I would highly recommend Abibitumi Kasa to anyone interested in learning to speak Yoruba! I have Student Verified Seal of Approvalstudied Yoruba language with Oluko Obadele since early 2006. I am currently in the Yoruba online class at Abibitumi Kasa ALI and I absolutely love it! Oluko Obadele has a creative style of teaching that makes learning a second language exciting. I am very grateful for the energy and effort Oluko puts into his classes - encouraging students to strive for mastery in speaking Yoruba fluently. Oluko Obadele's "ear for languages" helps students to focus on intonation and correct pronunciation. The recitation and dialogue practices really help to "re-train" our tongues and develop a deeper understanding of culture. Thank you Oluko for your commitment to Afrikan people and children of the Diaspora that desire to learn about Afrikan culture through language. :-)

 


 

Omiyinka Omidara Akinsegun TestimonialOmíyínká Omídàrà Akínṣẹ́gun [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online] Student Verified Seal of Approval



Yoruba language study with Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé has been amazing. It has stirred up the joyful voices of my ancestors that have waited so long for me to speak to them and hear them in their own language. Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé's teaching style has been more effective than any other course of language study that I have taken up. By answering his calling to study and teach Afrikan languages, Olùkọ́ Ọbádélé helps others of us to answer the call of our ancestors to do whatever work we have come here to do with the most authentic and restored connection we can possibly have with our culture and traditions.

Before taking Yoruba class I was taking Yoruba language classes with a Nigerian who scoffed at the idea of me learning Yoruba from someone born in the states. So I had him sit in on the online class taught by Ọbádélé. By the end of the class he said 'You HAVE to take this class. If you don't have the money for it, I'll pay for it for you!' That's how powerful Ọbádélé's Yoruba classes are!
 


 

Ɔkɔmfoɔ Akosua Baakan TestimonialƆkɔmfoɔ Akosua Baakan [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Maaha,

I have wanted to learn Twi for many many years. I've tried teaching myself with a book and tapes, but I could only get so far without actually interacting with anyone. A friend of mine pointed me to AbibitumiKasa, and I am so greatful to her.

The class has been wonderful for me. I am currently in training to be Ɔkɔmfoɔ and I felt I should learn as much Twi as I could to help me with my training.

I think anyone truly interested in any traditional Afrikan culture MUST learn its language. It is one thing to sing songs, and learn prayers. But to understand them and really make them your own is a glorius thing that can only bring you closer to your goals.

Meda ase piiiiiiiiii.


 

Akua Ma'at TestimonialAkua Ma'at [Intro Twi Live Streaming Online + Ghana]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Abibtumi Kasa is special beyond description and even though I haven't experienced a class yet I KNOW this will be a critical part my journey to be the Afrikan woman I was created to be. Its more than just knowing how to speak an African language...its a critical component of reconnecting my present to our past, understanding that the future that will come from my womb some day (hopefully) can't be whole unless I give them that 360 degrees of themselves - past, present, future.
So I give thanks for the good work that Abibitumi Kasa is doing and will continue to do.

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Kofi Cudjoe Amihere [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]

I have been searching all of the internet, school webpages, and whatever other sources of information IStudent Verified Seal of Approval could get my hands on; in search of someone teaching my native tongue, TWI. I sent Bro. Kambon a message and he got right back to me. These courses are magnificent. Myself not living in Chicago, the online courses have been very instrumental in my learning of the language. I was very surprised by the magnitude of the effectiveness of the course. I have never seen anything like it before. I recommend anyone interested in learning one of the languages, especially TWI, to register for these courses.

 


 


 

Agya Kwaku TestimonialAgya Kwaku [Intro through Advanced Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]

Mekyea wo Kwame , meda ase for your time and patience in teaching me Twi. I recommend this class to all Student Verified Seal of ApprovalAbibifoɔ, i will be taking Intermediate Twi next. These classes will change your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Asabi Ifatosin Rich

E ku ise. A dupe for a prayer answered. For many years I've been a lover and student of languages but have searched vainly for exactly what you have created. The University of Pennsylvania has an African Languages Institute but you can imagine that the price is prohibitive. E seun pupo for your vision, energy, personal study/achievment and initiative. I am enthused by the comments of your students and look forward to becoming one. O dabo.

 

 



 


 

aK Student (no pic)Ìyàwó Ọbàtálá [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Ṣé Àlàáfíà Ni gbogbo yin? Although it's taken me some time to get to this testimonial, I must say that it is no reflection on the significance of the Afrikan language classes given by Brother Olùkọ́. His wisdom and enthusiasm coupled with his love of teaching made taking the Yorùbá classes Blacktastic!!! Wise beyond his years, the Afrikan language classes with Baba Olùkọ́ are a must take. I look forward to re-enrolling.

 

 

 

 



 

Nataki Kambon TestimonialNataki Kambon [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

I have seen Obadele Kwame carry on conversations with Afrikans from VARIOUS countries on the continent. And no matter if the people are from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, etc. There reaction is always the same. They are always amazed and they always say "Wow. You speak like someone born in my country. How did you learn to speak this way?” Some even say “Wow. I am remembering words I had forgotten because so many English words have been used we are losing the language. How do you know that word? How do you know that proverb? Who taught you to speak this way?”

Like them I am also in awe of how someone so young has mastered so many languages. Beyond that I am empowered by how he has taken this passion and his life’s work and founded an institution. Filled with students from literally all over the world, the Abibitumi Kasa Institute is a monument to the potential of the Afrikan mind and Afrikankind.

There will be a day in the near future that people will ask to young Afrikans across the diaspora “Where did you learn to speak that Afrikan language?” and thousands will reply Abibitumi Kasa.

We are so proud of you. Know that you have any emotional, physical and financial support you need available at any time.

 


 


 

Ojumorioba TestimonialOyumoriobba [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Live Streaming Online] Student Verified Seal of Approval

Greetings Everyone!

Obadele is a superb instructor. I have had the pleasure of taking two Afrikan language classes
with him, one Akan class and one Yoruba class. The classes are very well taught, with a true sense of authentic Afrikan culture, and history. He BlackNificently incorporates Afrikan proverbs, stories, songs, and libations to help us grasp the true meaning behind the language. I encourage everyone to take at least one Afrikan Language class with Obadele. He has truly helped me to answer the call of our Ancestors by doing my best to reclaim my heritage. May his path be always blesssed for he is a beacon of light that guides the way in our success for liberation and freedom.
Meda wo ase Okyerɛkyerɛfo Obadele, I am eternally grateful for the important role you have played in my sankɔfa process. Peace and Blessings of Afrikan Love Always!


 


 

Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan TestimonialKwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Mikyia mo,

Ɔkyeame Kwame Obadele Kambon not only teaches the mechanics of
Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit languages, but the cosmological underpinning of the related cultures. This is the proper paradigm for transmitting Ancestral knowledge. We must not learn only how to speak, but why we speak. It is in this manner that we come to respect the Ancestral protocols that brought these dialects into being and recognize their intrisic value to us---socially, politically and spiritually. I continue to benefit greatly from what I learn through AKALI.

Ma asomdwoee-Hetep (Peace),
Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan

 


 

 

Oyesina Ogunmola TestimonialOyèéṣínà Ògúnmọ́láStudent Verified Seal of Approval [Intro and Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]

Ẹ kú Ilé!

I am a current participant in two online Yorùbá Classes and I love it. Not only are the courses well taught, but the online courses also give me an opportunity to study in a group setting and meet other Revolutionary Afrikans. The online courses have created new and hopefully long lasting relationships with other Afrikans from all over the US. I plan to continue taking additional online courses as soon as they are available.

My participation in the online Yorùbá course has also enhanced my spiritual development as well as my understanding of Traditional Yorùbá culture.

 

 


 

Iya Oduara TestimonialÌyá Odùààrá [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Kúùrọ̀lẹ́ Olùkọ́,

Mo ka your commitment and the perspective that you have brought to this class sí. It has been most enlightening and fulfilling. I hope to be able to continue my studies with you. Mo ka ìmọ̀ (your knowledge) of the culture and worldview and of course your good humor and patience sí.

O ṣé púpọ̀!!!

 

 


 

 

Zawadi Barskile TestimonialZawadi Barskile (Ama) [Intro and Intermediate Live Streaming Online] Student Verified Seal of Approval

I had the opportunity to take Obadele's beginner and intermediate Akan Twi course. The experience was BlackNificent in that Obadele shared his knowledge of Akan culture with the class in many ways that went beyond just an understanding of the language. In addition to learning the Akan Twi alphabet, basic greetings, and how to ask questions in the beginner class, Obadele often incorporated proverbs, songs, and information about Akan culture in the lessons. In the intermediate class we engaged in various "fill-in-the-blank" activities and learned more about Akan cultural elements. Specifically, Obadele extended his teaching of proverbs with Adinkra symbols and we also read a couple of Akan stories. Obadele's command of the language and culture, as well as his insistence on proper pronunciation and encouragement to just be the beautyful Afrikans that we are is inspiration for everyone. Meda wo ase paa Obadele Kwame!

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Shangowande Amen [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

My family just concluded the Beginners Yoruba Class and it was great!
The perfect blend of expertise, enthusiasm, charm, sincerity, and patience combine to make Obadele's offering unmatchable anywhere in any venue online or university. His style overcame a shy daughter and inspired an overconfident son. I /we can't wait to start another course. Any linguistic, cultural or spiritual journey you may be planning can't help but be enhanced with Obadele. Take a course NOW

 

 

 


 

 

Yoofiwaa Kyekyɛ TestimonialYoofiwaa Kyekyɛ [Intro Akan (Twi) and 3 Hour Intensive Workshop Live Student Verified Seal of ApprovalStreaming Online]

I truly love and appreciate all of the information available online through the Abibitumi Kasa ALI Resource Center. I completed the Online Twi Language Course Class and the 3 Hour Intensive Twi Language Workshop under the direction of Obadele Kambon. I highly recommend each of these courses as he not only teaches the basics in Afrikan writing and speaking the languages, he also teaches the wisdom of the languages. Whether or not you have plans to travel to Afrika anytime in the near or distant future, the wisdom in the language touches so deep into who we are and how Afrikans should relate to each other worldwide.

 


 

DJ Bonsu TestimonialDJ Bonsu [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Definitely a GREAT class! I learned alot and have a thirst to learn more! Food 4 my soul is abibitumi Kasa! Long live this opportunity they have presented for young BLACKTASTIC people of like attainment!

 

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Ifaogun

Thank you all.
I am glad to see a site such as this.
It is essential we use every tools at our disposal to co-create a global black community on every land mass.
Our emerging community must connect the best of the past and the present, as we define, design, develop, and deliver the social economomies, learning and performance solutions for the next 10 generations in mind.

Those of us who share a vision of self today must continuously improve our capacity to produce an integration among past wisdom and knowldge of self, with resuts oriented, self-assessmesnt, enlivend by our envisined futures in measurable terms.

Such systems must be re-awakened with those of us who walk the earth today.

I look forward to learning with you all.

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Gyatabena

Greetings, I was blessed to meet some of your students in ATL. I was sooo impressed with their accent, conjugation, and understanding of the structure of the language - that I am moved to look into the site and lessons.

I may be your biggest challenge yet, understand small but cannot make a simple sentence - so lets see if there is any hope for me.

BTW - This is more important than your visa.

 

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Chief Kolade

Aboru, Aboye, Abosise-O!

Gbogbo ile nko? Dada ni-o. O-wa. Ifa' nko? Ifa' mbe olokun Ajeti-o!

Ah, my brother, this is a wonderful experience to see this learning Center manifest. It is also a great experience for some to finally enjoy the phonics of these languages and be able to proper hear how to enuciate them properly. Hats off to you and to your staff members in implementing the time and care that made this site be realized-o.

May Ifa' and the Alkebu-lanian gods continue to bless your Ori, Ese-otun, Ese osi, and this website-o. You have my blessing. Until such time, my brother.......Odigba

Agbo Ato!

 

 


 

Nana Afia Sunkwa TestimonialNana Afia SunkwaStudent Verified Seal of Approval [Intermediate Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]

I am adoring the class - it has really helped my confidence, the tonal rules are really important for me [...] I look forward to it every week!

Meda ase pii!
Sunkwa

 

 


 

Ebow Vroom TestimonialEbow Vroom [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Hello Obadele!

Thanks again! The class is so helpful more than you know

Best experience of my life.

 

 


 

Adana Obi TestimonialK. Ogonna AdanaObi [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Akwaaba E kuurole Ndibeanyi a na m ekele,

To all my worldwide audience, please pay very detailed attention; Abibitumikasa Language Institute is the foremost pathway to reconnecting back to OUR heritage; with over 2 billion peoples of African orijin spread across the globe from the Americas to the Pacific to Asia, Warrior Teacher Obadele Kambon brings you a unique and natural style of learning and reclamation of Black Power through the weapon of African languages.

Personally, I enjoyed, cherish and look forward to continuing my education in African languages through Abibitumikasa as we reclaim our Land, our culture, our women and universal space.

Hotep

 


 

Kenisha Groomes Faulk TestimonialKenisha Groomes-Faulk [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Kwame, these past 4 weeks have been amazing! You have created something good and powerful and purposeful. You didn't say 'somebody should create an institution', YOU created an institution, and it has been a blessing to me and the children. Kofi's schedule does not permit him to be a part of the Tuesday/Thursday classes, but perhaps something will work out and one day he'll be able to participate.

I'd like to continue while I have what I learned fresh in my head (I want to keep what I've heard). I'll keep an eye on the site and enroll in the Intro course again so the kids can get the pronunciation and enunciation correct. I'm pretty sure you will see us on Saturday (Kofi is off)!

That's what I'm talking about! Baby Girl said "I got this!" LOL My oldest two couldn't wait, my youngest WOULDN'T wait! I had a GREAT time in class tonight, felt like I was 'back in the day'! And by 'back in the day', i mean 1999! LOL Yes, that was 10 years ago! WOW!

Meda ase paa!

Sincerely,

Kenisha


 

aK Student (no pic)Abena Nisaat [Intro and Intermediate Akan (Twi)Student Verified Seal of Approval Live Streaming Online]

The online language classes are infused with specific language instruction. We work diligently to master pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.

The addition of Ghanaian cultural lessons, etymology, and Akanland history regarding those language lessons makes the learning all the more sweet.

However, the best part is learning to view the world through an African lens. To think about life in a whole new way is both exhilarating and exhausting. To use words so literal and so metaphoric gives new depth to language. To put words together as you never would have done before is a measure of real learning. To move forward to fluency in Twi is as desirable as looking back at English and seeing obsolescence.

I admit that I was skeptical at first. Learn to speak an African Language like a native speaker

I was graciously and gratefully proven wrong.

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Ramses Baba [Intro Yorùbá Chicago]Student Verified Seal of Approval

I am presently enrolled (Feb 16 to March 11) in the Introduction to Yoruba class taught by Oluko Obadele. The class is so well structured that the students will have a very good foundation of the Yoruba language within the 8 sessions of the introductory lessons. Of course, the learning experience is not just limited to understanding of the orthography and lexicological structure of the Yoruba language but Obadele skillfully weaves in the socio-cultural, spiritual, and historical nuances to help build a truly enriched learning experience.

These classes are truly priceless not just for Africans in Diaspora but for the children of Africans (Africans born on the continent, particularly the Yoruba) raised in the West. These children could benefit greatly as well. To everyone, remember this, "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot"(Sankofa). Well, these classes are a good way to start "to go back and fetch."

 


 

Georgia Anne Muldow TestimonialGeorgia Anne Muldrow [Intro Wolof Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Abibitumi kasa is the BOMB! I am forever greatful for the time, patience and honor you guys have shown me here at abibitumi kasa. it has improved me. 'sante, y'all! uhuru,
georgia anne muldrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Shukrani Soumare TestimonialShukrani Soumare [Intro Wolof Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

danga jeem.  sama janglekat bi baax na lool!!!!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Dr. Kamau Kambon TestimonialDr. Kamau Kambon

OPEN LETTER TO KWAME OBADELE KAMBON  YOUR WORLD-WIDE AFRIKAN FAMILY HAS WATCHED YOU BECOME AN AFRIKAN  A   GIANT!!!!! AND YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT U R!!! WE LOVE U FOR SAVING AFRIKAN LIVES BY SEEKING BLACK LIBERATION FROM UNDER white domination!!!!

 

 

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Aba Naweh Ọmọlará [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

As a participant in the Yoruba class, I appreciate Obadele's instruction. As a teacher, I understand the challenges that are sometimes associated with multi-level instruction. I appreciate the way everyone was included in discussions, encouraged to actively participate, and, most of all, supportive of one another within the webclass. After each session, I would feel excited and more confident with my Yoruba language skills. Often, I would log off only to pick up the phone to tell family and friends what I'd learned that evening.

 



 


 

Sundiata Oluwole Olugbala TestimonialSundiata Olúwọlé Olùgbàlà [Intro Akan (Twi) Downloadable PDF/mp3 Lessons + Intro Wolof]Student Verified Seal of Approval

The new sound feature [embedded audio component] complements the lesson one: Intro to Conversational Akan (Twi) Blacknificently! Having a complete reference of the correct pronunciation of sounds/words/greetings and phrases, on file, is definitely a welcomed update. Personally, I know that my journey to reclaim my Afrikan tongue has been greatly impacted by this new addition [embedded sound component] offered by Abibitumi Kasa. Keep up the GREAT work towards total Abibifahodie [Afrikan Liberation] Saa na ɛyɛ ...

I'm AMAZED @ the amount of quality resources that you practically give away for FREE to your students and the Abibitumi Kasa Fam!!! Mo ne adwuma! You take the time out to creat EXCELLENT lesson plans and then give pieces of it away! Then again, I don't know why I'm surprised??? I guess I'm showing that I haven't been routinely on Abibitumi Kasa as much as I should! Mepa wo kyEw

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Elizabeth Bonsu [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]

I have learned alot of twi and definitely grateful for it. Thank you for everything. I appreciate it!Student Verified Seal of Approval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

aK Student (no pic)Sonjia Hanshaw [Intro Yoruba Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Ọbádélé  You have given me more than you will probably ever know. I thank you for this gift of your time. You a person of a big heart and I am grateful to you. I give thanks to you. I send you Love, Light, Wholeness, Balance... You are a wonderful Teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Krystal Strong TestimonialKrystal Strong [Intro Yoruba Live Streaming Online]Student Verified Seal of Approval

Oluko mi,

May the Creator continue to bless your efforts to reAfrikanize us all.
 
Ese gan,

Krystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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