OUR HERITAGE; LANGUAGE | Article by CANP -Chidiebere Nwokedi)

In the past, children from four years of age have known and understood their languages very well but now; you'd see an adult of forty years of age, struggling to be eloquent in his/her heritage language.

Now let us compare these two characters. A child of four who has mastered with an adult of forty is trying to learn. Isn't this odd?

If parents were not fully thought their language— its origin and basics, how then do they teach their children?

How do their own children teach the generation that would be coming under them?

These are questions we need to ask ourselves
If we continue to ignore our native language, our heritage language, our unique mother's language like this, then our heritage language might go into extinction - the beauty of every tribe, every culture, is their language. If we all have same language in this world, with common people practicing different cultures and traditions — that touch of uniqueness might not be felt.

If parents were not fully thought their language— its origin and basics, how then do they teach their children?

Sometimes the fault is not always the parents, sometimes it's the children. Some children only understand their heritage language but they can't speak it, while some can neither speak nor understand their heritage language. They don't want to learn their native language, they have no interest whatsoever in their heritage language. They don't see their heritage language language as a necessity, whereas it is.
Foreign languages are meant to be secondary to our heritage language and not the other way as it is turning out to be. Your heritage language is your identity as a man/woman/boy/girl of any tribe. Your heritage language stands out amongst other heritages. Anybody can practice another's tradition and follow another's culture but not everyone can speak another's language. We need to understand our heritage language — its origin, basics and everything about it. It's my pride, it's your pride.

Foreign languages are meant to be secondary to our heritage language...


If we continue ignoring our heritage language, it would tread on the paths of obsoletion and so would our culture and our beloved heritages.

So, parents, youths and our lovely children,

Let us not yield to heritage language ignorance.

Let us be informed so that we won't be heritage-language-deformed.

Let us learn and pass this unique heritage to our children and future generation.

In our diversity let's be united to achieve this storming goal.

Together we can, It starts with you and I.

Chidiebere Nwokedi

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