Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini, expressed fear at the possibility of Nigerian languages going into extinction if scholars fail to revive them.
The Speaker who expressed his fear at a symposium on creative writing at the Faculty of Arts, Taraba State University, said if concrete actions are not taken to reverse the ugly trend, the present generation would have nothing to bequeath to posterity in terms of traditional languages and cultures.
According to him, many languages in Taraba State and Nigeria at large may end up extinct.
He also cited the ‘UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger’ which showed that between 1950 and 2010, about 230 languages went into extinction while most linguists have estimated that about 50 per cent of the world’s 6,500 languages would be gone forever by the end of this century.
He said, “although it is generally believed that some languages are in danger of extinction because of globalization, imperialism, neocolonialism and linguicide (language killing), in our own case, the blame should be taken to the door-steps of parents who deliberately refuse to teach their children their languages or mother tongues at infancy, because of modernity.
“They prefer teaching their children dominant languages, thereby relegating their own languages to the background; in fact, some of the parents believe that teaching their children dominant languages or lingua franca is key to accessing jobs, education and opportunities.
“Therefore, the Department of Languages and Linguistics of this great institution should come to the rescue of the dying languages or endangered languages spoken by the numerous ethnic groups in the State in particular and the country generally through research and promotion of programmes such as this symposium.”
The Speaker further paid glowing tributes to the two prominent Europeans who spent several years in the country studying native languages and wrote books on them which have since become reference materials by scholars and writers.
He said “I must pay glowing tribute to a European scholar, Robert Koop, who lived among the Kuteb people in this State and spent several years studying their language and translated the New Testament Bible into Kuteb language and also wrote a book, ‘A Grammar of Kuteb: A Jukunoid Language of East-Central Nigeria’ published in 2009.
“Another European scholar, C.K. Meek, who spent many years in this part of the country to study the languages of different ethnic groups, wrote a book, ‘A Sudanese Kingdom: An Ethnographical Study of the Jukun-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria’ published in 1931,” he said.
Oshiomhole Clears Air On Calling Makinde ‘Over Hyped Social Media Gov’
Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to tweets disparaging Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
Oshiomhole denied calling Makinde ‘an over hyped social media governor’.
The tweets ascribed to Oshiomhole denigrated the governor amongst other issues.
However, the former, in a statement signed by his media aide, Victor Oshioke on Sunday, distanced himself from the handle.
The former APC National Chairman described the Twitter handle as fake.
According to the former Comrade governor, the handle is not operated by him or any of his aides.
The statement reads: “The attention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to a series of tweets from a twitter account @A_Oshiomhole commenting on recent national issues. Specifically, there was a tweet that originated from this account on January 20, 2022 which seem to insinuate that H. E. Seyi Makinde, Executive Governor of Oyo State is an “Overhyped Social Media Governor.”
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“We wish to alert the general public that this twitter account is fake as it is not operated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or any of his aides.”
The APC chieftain stressed that he holds Makinde in high esteem; hence has no reason to disparage him privately or publicly.
“Let it be on record that all tweets that have originated from this account or will originate from it in the future do not represent the opinions or sentiments of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”
Oshiomhole also disassociated himself from some Twitter handles carrying his names and photographs.
“Some of them are: @adamsoshiomhole, @Oshiomhole, @adamsosh, @_adamsoshiomole, @adamsOshiomhol, @Adamsoshiomol4, @Adamsoshiomol5”
Disclosing his handle, the former APC National Chairman said his “official handle which will be verified soon is @aoshiomhole.”
Matthew Ashimolowo Appoints Son As UK Resident Pastor, Hints At ‘Retirement’
Founder of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has appointed his first son, Tobi Ashimolowo, as Resident Pastor 2 of the KICC in London.
This is as he briefly hinted at his own ‘retirement’.
Tobi will be assisting his mother, Yemisi Ashimolowo, who has been the resident pastor at the church for a long time.
A video posted on the Facebook Page of a Christian platform, Church Gist, on Sunday, showed Ashimolowo making the announcement to the excitement of the congregation.
In the video, Ashimolowo said, “In a very major way from this morning, we will no longer have one resident pastor. Yemisi has always been our resident pastor, so she will be Resident Pastor 1. Our new resident pastor is Pastor Tobi Ashimolowo. So, he is our Resident Pastor 2, he has to take some serious responsibility from now on. These guys are retiring their father.”
He prayed that his son will be anointed and favoured by God, and that God will use him to draw his own generation to God, and to shake systems.
Tobi is one of Ashimolowo’s two sons. He founded the Vault, a high-end store for men’s wear and accessories.
The KICC is a Pentecostal church which has branches in Europe, America, Africa including Nigeria. It started in North London in 1992 by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo.
According to the KICC website, the church is “the largest growing church in Western Europe”. The church claims that it builds its members by investing in “the socio-economic and spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”.
Nigeria vs Tunisia: NFF Under ‘Fire’ Over Buhari’s Video Conference With Super Eagles
The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has come under fire for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Super Eagles.
Buhari had addressed the Super Eagles of Nigeria via a video conference, ahead of their match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
The Super Eagles will today tackle Tunisia in a knockout stage match at 8pm in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.
The President spoke with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa , Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, and others
Mentioning two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but to eventually lift the trophy.
Reacting, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, wondered why NFF allowed Buhari speak with the Super Eagles before an important match.
The socio-political activist recounted how Buhari spoke with Anthony Joshua and Eagles in the last AFCON, and they all lost their matches.
In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Oh oh! Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF?
“Have the forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or Eagles in the last AFCON? Please we want to win. This nonsense must not repeat itself!”
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