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Indigenous Or English? Essay

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4. Many young Africans no longer speak the original language of their parents and many African languages are dying out slowly and/or are being replaced by English or other European languages. Do you think it necessary to preserve our indigenous languages or should we solely promote English? Tell us your opinion about this question and what are the advantages of the choice you made and the disadvantages of the choice you rejected.
In Africa, language defines who we are and today, there exist over 1,400 languages of which most of them are dying gradually. Personally, I do not think the question should be asked but we all have to be practical concerning this issue. Majority of the African citizens including myself would not want their language to just die off but the question here is what exactly are we doing to preserve it? For instance, in Nigeria, the young generation speaks English 90% of the time because of the fact that both the parents and the society have not put in so enough effort into making these children learn and speak their language. In my opinion, I would say that since these African languages are gradually dying, it is just a matter of time before they are all wiped out completely and for this reason, I think we all should solely promote the English language.
Firstly, if English is made our major language, it will foster better communication and understanding among each other. For example, I am an Ibo girl and if I was travelling around Yola and I need directions, finding a person to give me directions would not be the problem but it is actually finding a person that would be able to understand me and vice versa. If English was made the general language, communication among ourselves would not be hard just as we all in AUN can communicate with each other with the help of English Language.
Another advantage is that it will enforce peaceful co-existence among each other. In Nigeria today, there are disagreements and quarrels among people with different languages. There was a time in the Eastern part of Nigeria when only Ibo’s were allowed to pass a particular road out and if you are not Ibo, they will kill you or do something to hurt you. Having English as our only language will foster peace because we will have the knowledge that we are one in the sense that we all have a common language.
Furthermore if there is a peaceful co-existence because we all have English as a common language, it would lead to economic growth. If we all in Nigeria...

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