It has always been bothersome to notice that majority of the younger
folks can no longer speak their native tongue properly (if at all).
Gone are the days when children (and adults) were proud of their
language and would even garnish their conversion with rich proverbial
When you observe children conversing these days, they usually converse
in English (even when among peers from the same ethnic group).
Clearly, the parents (and teachers, teachers are parents too) are not
Children being like clay in the hands of a potter, it is whatever
they observe , that they emulate.
It is the kind of food, language, dressing, music, religious doctrines
etc that the parents and neighbors bombard them with that they
assimilate into their life and run with.
Go to children’s school parties, children birthdays and observe the
genre of music, the dressing, hairdo… everything shrieks of foreign
Dressing in the full traditional regalia is mostly, nowadays, reserved
for marriages, burials and similar.
This post was actually inspired when it was noticed that all the
dresses spread on a clothesline (to dry) by a nubile twenty something
did not contain a single traditional dress! Not one, in close to
hundred pieces was a native dress!
Observe how those that attempt to speak their native language struggle
to express themselves and even interject their native words with
English ones. It would be funny if not because it is such a tragedy.
When we observe the Chinese and some other cultures, we easily observe
how they have carefully preserved their heritage.
But, in these climes, practically every facet of our lives has been
adulterated, and in fact being threatened with extinction.
Perhaps it is time to sit back and reexamine our stance to all things
foreign and see whether killing off our culture on the altar of
modernity, inanity and sophistication is worth our while and would
serve us well in the long run.
What makes a man or woman, Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo, or whatever other ethnicity?
If your dressing, language, food, what you drink and almost everything
else does not reflect your motherland, where then is your identity?
Food thought, and it is hoped you are all able to think coherently in
your native language?