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The Irish for Wakanda Forever is “an Uácaind Abú!”
The Irish language has enough problems to deal with without being co-opted by bigots. Earlier this year, for example, a protester against the Black Lives Matter movement in America wore a t-shirt bearing the slogan “gorm chonaí ábhar”, a translation of Blue Lives Matter so bad it’s hard to know where to even begin correcting it.
Irish survives and thrives as a confident, modern language that welcomes all the people who want to speak it. In today’s episode, the first of a number of live recordings, Motherfoclóir regular Ola Majekodunmi takes the hotseat and speaks to RTÉ presenter Zainab Boladale about being Gaelscoil graduates of Nigerian heritage, online and offline jerks and what Irish means to them.
This episode of Motherfoclóir was recorded live as part of Africa Day 2018 at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park.