Edo language to be taught in primary and secondary schools


                 The Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, re-affirmed his vision to ensure that the Edo language is taught in all primary and secondary schools in Edo State.  The Governor was speaking at the 21st Annual Convention of Edo National Association taking place in Los Angeles, California. According to the Comrade Governor, he has instructed his Commission for Education, Barrister Ekpenisi Omorotionmwan, to include the Edo language in the curriculum of all primary and secondary schools in the State. The Governor reminded delegates at the convention that it would be of a great benefit if we are are speaking the same language as we all come from the same father and source.

What we have now is a difference in tone as we move further north from Benin.  It should be noted that members of UMAGBAE Worldwide Association meeting in Houston, Texas raised funds three years ago to sponsor twenty teachers to teach Edo language in schools across the State. An official letter was then written by the Association to help promote the Edo language in all schools across the state. According to the President, Mr Felix Idahosa, it is high time we promote our language before it is completely lost. Meanwhile, the Governor has requested that all Edo Associations come under the banner of Edo National Associations.  He sent a clear message to all those sending invitations to him to attend their events that he would not honour such invitations unless it to done under ENA, as he is the Governor for all and not for sectional groups.  

He re-iterated the need for Edo indigenes in the diaspora to work together and speak with one voice. He urged all those seeking to address issues through the courts to settle their differences amicable and work to unite all Edo citizens in the diaspora. Thereafter a motion to unite all Edo Associations proposed by Hon Samson Osagie, Minority Whip of the House of Representatives and seconded by Hon Philip Shuaibu, Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, was unanimously passed by all delegates attending the convention. The session was presided by Senator Ehigie Uzamere. The ENA convention was attended by over 500 delegates from across the world. Also in attendance were the members of the Edo State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Uyi Igbe, Commissioners, Chief Judge of the State, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, Barr. Henry Idahiagbon, and Ret Major General Charles Omoregie.  


COMMENTS: (Culled from yahoo groups)

Thanks, Brother Adepoju and all other brothers, sisters and friends.

I am ready and I have been on this project since I was a little boy of six. I don't believe in blabbing. It is my belief that  Well Done Is Better Than Well Said. All I need is a little push to see us through into the golden age of an evolved united Edo language from the people, for the people and by the people. This is linguistic and cultural democracy that I am talking about. Otherwise no amount of time or trainings spent on any sectional language - the people will always have their ways out. There is the central Igbo language - made up of collection of words from the various Igbo dialects. Same with Hausa or the Yoruba. All over the world, language undergo constant reviews and evolution. The English language of 15th century has evolved over the years into what we now have as the Queen's grammar.

Why should Edo language remain stagnant in evolutionary development? So many Anglophone words and semantics have evolved over the years, such as "internet" "cyber" etc etc. but where are such words in the Edo, Etsakor, Ora or Esan languages? Is it not time we set about our own indigenous alphabets and numerals? It is ok to study any language and gain PhD for job purposes because some so called language PhD professors are nothing but the seraphin-needles on the gramophone records. They are manufactured and fashioned like the gramophone pin to run and sing around the lines on the musical records. Anything outside the grove is objectionable and distorted to the ears.

Whereas, my brothers and sisters, times we must step outside history to make room for history. Times in life we need go through the roads less traveled in order to get into a new dawn of break through when we are face to face with necessity which is the mother of invention. Any language that did not evolve along with the seriously minded interest of other languages around the communities or nation is on its own and by its own; and will fail the purpose of the masses socially or intellectually because a political self justified policy is a crime of presumptuousness’. Any of such self deceit is a failure like the so called WA-ZO-BIA in other words - COME-COME-COME in the three major languages of Nigeria.


Don't quote me wrong, I salute the efforts and accomplishment of the various Edo State Ministry of Education and supporting association in the teaching of the Edo language. I am advocating that this is not just enough to teach hence I said we are like the needle on the gramophone records. A research and documentation council should be inaugurated and adequately funded to come up with an evolved Edo State Central Language that should harness and evolve the interests of all other dialects in Edo State. I will continue to sing this to the government and people of Edo state all my life. It is a matter of unity before policy and not the other way round.

ALEX G. IGBINEWEKA,

Guosa Language Evolutionist & Researcher

A Nigerian and West African (ECOWAS ) Common Indigenous Future Lingua Franca for Unity & Identity

www.k2gs.com/guosa.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z1swb-aOd8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEbZ3Vnaeg

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From: toyinvincentadepoju@gmail.com

 
A lof of food for thought, Alex.
Thanks for your sensitive response to my fears.
I find your plan for a common language interesting.
Is it possible for languages to be accepted by people like that, a deliberately constructed language as different from a slowly evolving one?

I find this very interestingly put-

'....- nobody have time for serious invention and evolution yet they want to MOVE ON. Yes the people will move on but move on to where? To Agenebode lake, Ikpoba river or where?  This is what I called Political abrakadabra and serious in not being serious to say the least.'

May we engage in serious invention and evolution so we can move on properly.

thanks

toyin

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On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 4:54 AM, GUOSA-LANGUAGE. TV <guosa-language.tv@live.com> wrote:

    Brother Adepoju,

    Its been a while since me and you chit-chat as brothers and friends on this cyber space. Reading from your notes below I am so surprised why I did not meet you in person during the just concluded ENAW Convention in LA.

    Yes I agreed with some of your presentations below why I declined others and this is natural because even if we were twins - we still have to cross words.

    I do not agree that you will be blackmailed or removed from the general e-mail conversation because you did not share the opinion of the Governor, the Oba, the Otairu, the Enigie or the common people of Edo State, SO LONG YOU ARE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE WITH CAREFULLY SELECTED WORDS, PHRASES AND SEMANTICS especially in the most cultured language of presentation in view of the fact that Edo State people do not like being insulted even when you want to save them from imminent danger.  Yet, if they did not yield to your views, you are still expected to be part of the corrective building system.

    Now, on the question of Edo language for the people of Edo State, Yes it is possible if you believe that all the Edo State ethnic groups took their roots from the Edo language and cultures because there can be no unique Edo language without the Edo language dialects and ideolect or individual languages that makes up the various ethnicity and cultures of the Edo State . Also, in the spirit and love of democracy and in order to avoid marginalizations if the Governor and the executives really meant what they are preaching: I have been advocating for the inauguration of an Edo State General Language Research and Documentation over the years but who is out there to listen to me? The Edo State General Language R&D should be the agency to move this project of a common language forward, in conjunction with the Edo State Minstry of Education, Arts & Cultures as well as other agency.  Their major function is to EVOLVE A COMMON DICTIONARY COMPRISING OF CAREFULLY SELECTED WORDS AND PHRASES FROM NEARLY ALL THE DIALECTS OF THE EDO STATE INDIGENOUS GROUPS. Few years ago, a group known as Edokpamakhin invited me to come up with a presentation along the lines above, i.e. the evolution of Edo State Common Language. Myself and the selected members came up with a blue print. Lke every other half-and half nature of leaders - nobody have time for serious invention and evolution yet they want to MOVE ON. Yes the people will move on but move on to where? To Agenebode lake, Ikpoba river or where?  This is what I called Political abrakadabra and serious in not being serious to say the least.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOLRKnDwyKc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgizzKoMFM

    ALEX G. IGBINEWEKA,
    Guosa Language Evolutionist & Researcher

    A Nigerian and West African (ECOWAS ) Common Indigenous Future Lingua Franca for Unity & Identity

    www.k2gs.com/guosa.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apEbZ3Vnaeg

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    From: toyinvincentadepoju@gmail.com
     
    This is not true-

    'The Governor reminded delegates at the convention that it would be of a great benefit if we are are speaking the same language as we all come from the same father and source. What we have now is a difference in tone as we move further north from Benin. '

    Non-Benin languages are not necessarily  variants of Benin language. Some of them stand on their own and may even share an affinity with Yoruba.

    To present the idea of all  Edo state people communicating in Benin language is  a framework for Benin cultural and political overlordship in Edo state, not a movement towards unity.

    Oshiomole should not celebrate his election victory by merging Edo state into Benin land. Edo state is bigger than Benin.

    I have a problem with this-

    'Meanwhile, the Governor has requested that all Edo Associations come under the banner of Edo National Associations.  He sent a clear message to all those sending invitations to him to attend their events that he would not honour such invitations unless it to done under ENA, as he is the Governor for all and not for sectional groups.  He re-iterated the need for Edo indigenes in the diaspora to work together and speak with one voice. He urged all those seeking to address issues through the courts to settle their differences amicable and work to unite all Edo citizens in the diaspora.'

    My problem with stems from my  observation that the Edo groups on Yahoo are actually Benin groups not Edo state groups.

    This is evident from the virulent pro-Bini agenda of most of the vocal figures ion these groups. If you challenge these figures they degenerate sooner or later to insulting you or remove you from their group as I experienced on Edo Nation. T o them, criticising their position makes you anti-Bini. Most of their ethnic compatriots maintain  salience while these bigoted attitudes are at play.

    I dont expect anything different from other Edo groups.

    Therefore, I dont expect that Edo state ethnicities can successfully be merged into Edo associations.

    I dont think this fake, forced unity is the way forward.

    It would be safer to respect the ethnic individuality of each ethnicity in Edo state-and why the state should be called Edo state might itself be questionable-are all or most languages in the state a variant of the Edo language or ethnicity?

    It would be safer to respect the ethnic individuality of each ethnicity in Edo state and work towards a correlative political vision.

    What are the needs of the state?

    In what way may each sub-region contribute to meeting these needs?

    What are the strengths of each sub-region and how may these be harnessed?

    In the face of such fundamental strategic  questions of social and economic development, questions central to administering a state, I wonder how helpful this focus on Edo language is   to creating a strong  region..

    thanks

    toyin

    toyin


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    On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:32 AM, OLUWATOYIN ADEPOJU <toyinvincentadepoju@gmail.com> wrote:

        I think it is wrong to enforce Edo language outside where its indigenous  speakers are located.

        That is cultural imperialism.

        So, would Akoko-Edo,  Ughelli, Esan, Afenmai etc be made to learn by force the language of Benin people?

        Why cant they learn their  own  laguages and its associated culture?

        People, kick against what you would not like done to you. Dont be happy just beceause  you are from Benin.

        Toyin

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        On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM, J O Amadasun <jjamadasu1@yahoo.com> wrote:

            Well said my brother Osawe. The next Chapter story is all the Benins coming under one unbrella called UMAGBAE WORLDWIDE Association. The writing has started and will be completed soon at the next gatherings of all the Benins in Big Apple (NY) next year.
             
            All Benins needs to start planing. Get ready for your flight and hotel. Info will be coming out soon from our able executives.
            
            J O Amadasun
            Houston, Texas.
             
            “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”

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            From: katie salami <katiesalami@yahoo.com>
             
            You are so right my dear bro Ben.
            There is a need to come under one umbrella to achieve same goal.
            Katie


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