Ata Agoro has three children under the age of five. Frustrated with the limited bilingual resources she could find in Yoruba and English to read to her children outside of Yorubaland, she rolled up her sleeves and embarked upon creating them.
Ata means "pepper," and she plans to spice things up beyond pepper soup! The avatar at the left not only spells out her first name but also reflects one of her favorite Yoruba songs about an orange tree, under which children are seated, playful and happy.
The T stands erect as a trunk and reaches toward the skies tall as a tree. However, the A at either side is for Apple, though, not Orange. A is also for All. Let's All enjoy All the fruits of our labors.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a metropolitan city. If anything, it broadened my worldview and expanded my capacity for compassion. I will be forever thankful for such an experience.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing Onka Yoruba: My First Naija Numbers in 2014. However, I didn't get around to publishing it until 2015.
My First Book of Numbers
A picture book for early learners to learn numbers from zero to ten. The book is structured in three ways:
(1) Beautiful photographs allow children to count from zero to twenty;
(2) Children learn the Arabic numbers for zero to twenty;
(3) Because the Yoruba counting system has twenty as its base, the appendix of the book explains the structure of the numbers 11-20.