Tag Archives: Disappearing languages

African Schools Weigh Teaching in Local Languages – Voice of America

December 9, 2017


Students from CEM Serigne Bassirou Mbacke school are seen in a classroom in Kaolack, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)   DAKAR, SENEGAL —  Most children in sub-Saharan Africa are taught in a common colonial language instead of their mother tongue. Proponents say teaching in an international language is advantageous, but others argue that this […]

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“Say hello to uncle” sub-culture cannot drive major Nigerian languages into extinction – Professor Sola Oke at Iju Forum

October 1, 2012


by Tola Adenle The Nation on Sunday, August 17, 2008 This is the third year of the Iju Forum, an initiative of Professor Ladipo Adamolekun, a one-time professor of Public Administration at the University of Ife whose last employment with the World Bank before retirement was headship of the Togo Mission.  Even though Adamolekun is […]

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Endangered languages take to the airwaves – Alexis Hauk

August 16, 2012


One of the most frequent visitors to this blog who knows my great interest in disappearing/endangered languages sent this to me.  You can check out http://emotanafricana.com/2012/02/09/yoruba-and-other-disappearing-languages-a-revisit/ which is one of the old essays on the subject from my newspaper column contributions. What is more, my last kid seems to have picked up the challenge of […]

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Applications that teach indigenous languages

July 19, 2012


  The Punch February 29, 2012 by Jayne Augoye   About a week after the World Mother Tongue Day was marked, JAYNE AUGOYE highlights phone applications that teach users  elements of major Nigerian languages That many languages are facing threats of extinction is not in doubt. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has, […]

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Yoruba and Other Disappearing Languages, A Revisit – Tola Adenle

February 9, 2012


YORUBA, A DISAPPEARING LANGUAGE – TOLA ADENLEThe Comet on Sunday, January 2003: EXCERPTS “Let me say outright that if any of Nigeria’s languages would ever go the way of Latin or any of the languages that were once spoken but are now long dead, it would be Yoruba. “I watched an old woman on CNN, described as […]

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Afropolitans Explore Love, Language, and Loss in “My Mother’s Tongue”

October 12, 2011


by the Afropolitan Experience As Africans, we often talk about being underrepresented or misrepresented in the media. There is no doubt that there needs to be a complete media overhaul of the perceptions of Africa and Africans both at home and abroad. However, a part of the change will happen with us. Afropolitan Legacy Theatre, […]

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