Yoruba is plucentric language, meaning that there are several standard versions of the language just like French or Chinese. It is spoken by circa 30 million people around the West-African countries of Nigeria and Benin.
Yoruba naming conventions for children are fascinating. A personal name is selected as a first name, which is chosen according to the circumstances around the birth of the child. Common personal names include: Taiwo (first born twin), Aina (a girl born with the umbilical cord round her neck), Ayoade (the joy of the crown), Tokunbo (riches from a different country), Fowoke (pampered with money) and so on.
Yoruba is a tonal language (like Chinese) and has three tones: high, middle and low. Changing the tone used for a syllable can change the meaning of the word.