Hollywood is a shorthand reference for the U.S. film industry and the people associated with it.Hollywood incorporated as a municipality in 1903, and was consolidated with the city of Las Vegas in 1910. Hollywood is the most recognizable film industry in the world, and as such English language are usually used in their movies, though there are times in which fictional languages are used. However, there are few times in which other languages are used in American movies, in other to present a particular scene in the best way.
This article is focused on the two Nigerian local Languages that has featured in American movies.
1 Yoruba Language (used in Gringo)
Yoruba Language is one of the dominant local Language in Nigeria, associated with the Yoruba race or tribe. It is usually common in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Yoruba Language was used in the American Action and Comedy movie “Gringo”.
Gringo is a 2020 American crime comedy film, in which a mild-mannered businessman name Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself in trouble when He was sent to deliver an experimental marijuana pill, in Mexico. However, in one of the scenes, David Oyelowo used the Yoruba Language “Olorun Eledumare” which means God Almighty, when he was hearing series of gunshots.
2 Hausa Language (used in Black Panther).
Hausa Language is one of the dominant Language in Nigeria, associated with the Hausa/ Fulani race or tribe. It is usually common in the Northern part of Nigeria. Hausa Language was used in the American movies “Black Panther”.
The Hausa Language was used in the “I never freez scene” when T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was trying to save Nakia from terrorist.
However, one of the terrorist use the Hausa word “meparu”, which means what happen, when their car suddenly stoped, another terrorist use the Hausa Language “yensu” which means now, when he was telling others to take deffence position.