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15 reasons why you should encourage and promote speaking your African language

15 reasons why you should encourage and promote speaking your African language Finally …., having reviewed and written so much on why and what led to our African languages not being spoken as they should, I believe I should conclude by giving some reasons why we should speak our African languages more, because while researching ways to put my points across, I came across a website that gave 10 reasons why people should learn a foreign language in addition to theirs. As you can see, the world around us is encouraging people to learn more languages apart from theirs, while ...
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Why are Africans abandoning their languages? – Part 3

Demystifying other reasons for our obsession with English language Having started with demystifying our obsession with English language with the first being demystifying “speaking the Queen’s English”, I think it necessary to also look at two other major reasons given by some people for promoting speaking of English language over our own language/s namely that: Hearing and learning to speak two languages simultaneously may confuse and delay a child’s ability to speak and that Learning to speak more than one language may put a strain on a child’s brain and affect their developmental growth.  These two reasons to me are similar; ...
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Why are Africans abandoning their languages? – Part 2

Demystifying speaking 'The Queen's English' Picking up from the last time where I started on the issue of our obsession with English language at the detriment of our own African languages (in this instance, Yoruba), one of the subtle or subconscious reasons in my opinion is our claim  and pride over the years of our desire to speak or our claim to speak "The Queen's English" which I would now like to look at as this claim in my opinion, is not only wrong but it's helping to  unconsciously still tie us to the colonial regime which at least two-third of Nigerians alive ...
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Why are Africans abandoning their languages? – Part 1

 In my last blog, I wrote that I found an unbelievable phenomenon going on in Nigeria during my research into why Africans (in this instance, Yoruba) born in Diaspora cannot speak their language. This phenomenon is what I will term as “the other side of the coin” to the issue that I started with as it is beyond comprehension! This phenomenon  is that many Yoruba parents and teachers in Nigeria are favouring and promoting speaking English language over Yoruba language, thereby raising Yoruba children that are not able to speak their own native language. They (the parents and the teachers) ...
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Why is it important to speak my African language, (Yoruba)? – (In Diaspora Part 3)

It’s no secret that I love my language and I enjoy speaking it. There is nothing to be ashamed of. I like and enjoy hearing other people speak in their own languages as it tells me that they are confident and proud of who they are. I also like it when I see and hear the Turkish, the Polish and other East Europeans not to forget to mention the Indians, the Kashmiri, the Pakistani, the Chinese and so many Asians speak their native languages to their children in the playground, in the shops and so on (in the UK). "And ...
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