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2 Mayo 2013
Language is a medium of communication, key factor of conversation and expressions. Its practice and exercise helps us to encode and decode information. Learning a language is the easiest thing anyone can do with much interest and enthusiasm. Constructing or developing any language could be as easy as when trying to construct and interpret, tones and sounds into a readable, writable and speakable expression. like on the guitar notes and piano tunes.
Research have shown that many African languages are bellow standard and left to rot because little or no crucial attention to standardize and develop them. Nearly all countries of the continent maintained their colonial linguistic heritage, culture, religion, education, political structures and discipline. Countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia uses English as their first language, Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, and most north Africa countries uses French, Angola uses Portuguese, Libya uses Italy while guinea equatorial uses Spanish. With the current state of globalization and digital age, human development and evolution, more technological awareness, the quest of making a super state, identity consciousness, stabilizing and modernizing democratic polity, economic structure, social, cultural and educational institutions, language become one of major concern.
There are more than 1000 major languages all across the African continent. Nigeria for example have about 12 major languages: Edo, Tiv, Igbo, Kanuri, Hausa, Efik/ibibio, Nupe, Yoruba, Igala, Urhobo, and many of these languages are yet to meet the requirement and materials as first language in their various nations.
In spite of the increase of faculties in institutions, books, teachers and movies on indigenous language, there are still huge challenges facing the language industry in Nigeria and Africa. The Edo people of the Midwest of Nigeria though have made an impact to implementing the use and learning of Edo language through their music and movie productions in Nigeria, many Edos still have problem with reading and writing in their mother tongue. Some Diaspora organizations have raised serious concern to this menace confronting the use and application of Edo language among the Edo people of Nigeria but it seems their voices are not loud enough for the government and corresponding institutions to take drastic action to save the language from extinction. Unesco have warns in 2008 that if many African language are not paid the proper attention, many will disappear in the next 50 years. African language like culture, religion, tradition, moral upbringing and many other socio values have been suffering abuse, misinterpretation and misused in most cases by their own. Sometimes when we talk about reading and writing African language people tend to be afraid `cause of it limited counts, less used and their ability to speak, read and write it fluently. Again back up with an inferiority complex.
However, beside limited and less comprehensive dictionaries on most African languages, much can be done if the people are willing to keep these languages alive. One could make use of what he or she has, love them, add value to them, develop them and be able to sell them with much values and creativity. Our ability to ideologically expand, research, innovates and put to function our resources and heritage makes us a super economic state which in tune will open the way for more employment opportunities. As an African, my experience took a new dimension when I first arrive in a new country in Europe, a different continent that uses a language different from one I was brought up with. A language I never heard before but could study and perfect its usage within a short period of time. African languages can actually be develop and standardize, so will make and easy and writing of these languages practicable both for indigenes and foreigners.
Reasons why most of these languages are not effective:
Merits if Applied.
Demerits on negligence
Ways to Improvements
Steps to learn a new African language:
By Uwagboe Ogieva
2 May 2013
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