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...
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Professor 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.
Prof. E. Kweku Osam
Professor Kwasi Konadu [Advanced Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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!
Nana Kwabenata Ababio Ɛtuɔhene [Intro through Advanced Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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.
Dr. 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.
Kala Mujibha [Intermediate Yorùbá Chicago]
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 [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
Maaha. These are just a few things learning Twi at Abibitumi Kasa has done for me.
Neico Sa-Ra [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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 [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Chicago]
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!
Ifálọlá Ṣàngóyẹmí [Intro and Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
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.
Ojúọlápé Ẹfúnyalé [Intro through Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
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.
Patricia Beck (Akosua) [Intro Twi Chicago]
(Dear) Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo Obadele Kwame
Ìyá Omitádé Ifátósìn [Intro Yorùbá Online through Advanced Yorùbá 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.
Afua Brakwa [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]
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.
Ama Ruqayyah Albakri-Polk [Intro Twi Chicago and Intro Yorùbá Online]
Nana Abenaa Baakan [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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
Ọyátólú Ọyápèmí [Intro Yorùbá Chicago]
Ṣé àlàáfíà ni?
Dr. Mawiyah Kambon (Nana Efia Nsia Asantewaa Mawiyah Kambon) [Intro and Intermediate Akan (Twi) Online]
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]
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.
Akosua Cicely McClennon [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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
Ọbátáiyé Samuel [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
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".
Afia Khalia Bennett [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online + Ghana]
I just completed my first language class here in Abibitumi kasa! It was a blacknificent experience. 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!!!!
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 studied 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. :-)
Omíyínká Omídàrà Akínṣẹ́gun [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
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 [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
Akua Ma'at [Intro Twi Live Streaming Online + Ghana]
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.
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 I 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 [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 Abibifoɔ, i will be taking Intermediate Twi next. These classes will change your mind.
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.
Ìyàwó Ọbàtálá [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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 [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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?”
Oyumoriobba [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]
Oyèéṣínà Ògúnmọ́lá [Intro and Intermediate Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
Ẹ kú Ilé!
Ìyá Odùààrá [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
Zawadi Barskile (Ama) [Intro and Intermediate Live Streaming Online]
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!
Shangowande Amen [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
My family just concluded the Beginners Yoruba Class and it was great!
Yoofiwaa Kyekyɛ [Intro Akan (Twi) and 3 Hour Intensive Workshop Live Streaming 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 [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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!
Thank you all.
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.
Aboru, Aboye, Abosise-O!
Nana Afia Sunkwa [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!
Ebow Vroom [Intro Akan (Twi) Chicago]
K. Ogonna AdanaObi [Intro Akan (Twi) and Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
Akwaaba E kuurole Ndibeanyi a na m ekele,
Kenisha Groomes-Faulk [Intro Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
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.
Meda ase paa!
Abena Nisaat [Intro and Intermediate Akan (Twi) Live Streaming Online]
The online language classes are infused with specific language instruction. We work diligently to master pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.
Ramses Baba [Intro Yorùbá Chicago]
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.
Georgia Anne Muldrow [Intro Wolof Live Streaming Online]
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,
Shukrani Soumare [Intro Wolof Live Streaming Online]
danga jeem. sama janglekat bi baax na lool!!!!
Dr. 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!!!!
Aba Naweh Ọmọlará [Intro Yorùbá Live Streaming Online]
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 Olúwọlé Olùgbàlà [Intro Akan (Twi) Downloadable PDF/mp3 Lessons + Intro Wolof]
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
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!
Sonjia Hanshaw [Intro Yoruba Live Streaming Online]
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 [Intro Yoruba Live Streaming Online]
May the Creator continue to bless your efforts to reAfrikanize us all.
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