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Are Our Indigenous Dialects Going Extinct ?

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Language is said to be complete when it has provisions for every object introduced to the society using the language for communication.

Therefore, almost every indigenous language in the country, known as a mother tongue of the respective native speaker, is complete and can pass as means of communication. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Language embodies culture and other values of the native speakers, and linguists advice that native speakers ought to communicate in their mother tongues to their children to save the languages from going extinct.

However, for reasons known to some individuals, many parents have left the use of mother tongue for foreign languages.

For instance, Mrs Mary Simon, a housewife, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that there was nothing wrong if a child cannot speak the native language.

Simon said that speaking English as a first language was good.

She, however, advised that parents should endeavor to teach their children their mother tongue.

Mrs Blessing Abdul, a hair stylist,  children need to start learning their mother tongue from birth.

“As parents, if you speak your native language to your child from birth, they will understand and grow with it.

‘`As parents, as long as you can speak your language, inculcate that in your children because that is their identity and they deserve to speak and understand it.

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‘`My husband and I agreed to speak our dialect to the children and now that they are grown up, they understand and speak the language very well.

‘`When I took them to the village, my people were surprised to see my children speaking the language very well and that made me proud.”

“Living in the city should not be an excuse for parents not to teach their children their language. One is identified by the language he or she speaks, so not teaching them their language is denying them their identity. `

’`Speaking English to your children at home will not help them to learn their language, so it is better to speak your language to them as they will be taught English in school,’’ she said.

Eko Waters, a student, said he couldn’t speak his language because it was not spoken to him by his parents. I don’t know how to speak my dialect, but I do understand. This is because my parents never taught me nor communicated with me in our mother tongue.

‘`My parents wanted me to learn English first, so they thought speaking English to me at home was the best, forgetting that I will learn it in school.

“Today I see some students like me that don’t speak their dialect and this is either that they were not taught or that they refused to learn.

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“I think that parents should learn to communicate with their children in their dialect because it has some form of identification and it helps you to relate with your people,

”I am worried for our own children, if majority of us do not speak our languages, who will teach them ? .

“ Will our languages not go extinct ?, “  he said.

Glory Madukwe, also a student, said a situation where children grow up in a state outside his or her community of origin could affect them speaking their language.

He said that some children neglect their native language and have no interest to learn it because they don’t have people to communicate with in the language.

“I was born in Nasarawa State, my parents did not teach me my dialect (Igbo), but yet I know how to speak because I picked interest in the language and I learnt it,’’ he said.

Arome  Drogba, a student of Nasarawa State University,  said he speaks his dialect though not fluent, adding that he is a product of inter-tribal marriage.

“My father is Igala  and my mother is Idoma, my mum spends more time with us at home and speaks Igala occasionally but she speaks her dialect to us more.

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“And all this affected us, making us confused, not to be able to concentrate on one language to learn,’’ he said.

Drogba advised that parents should try and speak their dialects to their children and wards at home, adding that it’s good to communicate with children in their mother tongue.

Source: NAN

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Eid-El-Fitr: ICDA North Central Coordinator Urges Muslim Faithfuls To Abide By Ramadan Lessons

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The Igala Cultural And Development Association, ICDA North Central Coordinator, Prince Oruma Musa has sent a message of congratulations to Igala muslim faithfulls in the North-central as they celebrate the eid-el-fitr. push({});

Prince Oruma congratulate Igala muslims as they completed the Ramadan fasting urging them to continue to abide by the teachings during the ramadan fasting.

“The patience and perseverance exercised during ramadan fasting is a sacrifice that will be rewarded with blessings from Allah”, he said.

He further express shock over the sudden death of former governor of Kogi State, Alh Idris Wada son, Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who died after eid-el prayer at his Abuja residence.

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The deceased was a former member of House of Representative, represented Omala, Ankpa and Olamaboro in the 7th Assembly.

In a message conveyed by special adviser on media, Prince Abdulrahman Obaje, Prince Oruma said he is deepely saddened by the death of Muhammed.

“On behalf of myself and the good people of the Igala Kingdom, North-central Zone, I wish to express our deep condolence over the death of your son, I am deeply saddened by his death. He is a young Nigerian full of promises for the future of Nigeria”. He said.

He said the death has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, urging the family he left behind to take solace in the fact that the late Muhammed live a life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah grant the dead eternal rest in Aljanat Firdaos.

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He further reiterate his commitment towards the advancement of ICDA , saying that we should all intesify prayers and commitment, while all hands on deck to see that ICDA get out of its current predicament.

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Investigative Journalists Group, NGIJ Hails Aderinokun on Appointment as Head of Media at Access Corp

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Investigative Journalists Group, the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists NGIJ has extended a warm congratulations to Mr. Kunle Aderinokun on his appointment as the new Head of Media and Public Relations at Access Corporation. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

In a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos signed by Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, the National President and Israel Bolaji, the National Vice President of NGIJ, the guild described Aderinokun as a versatile journalist, banker, business analyst, media expert and arts enthusiast who would bring his rich years of experience to bear on the new role.

“NGIJ recognises the appointment of Mr. Aderinokun as a significant development, as his decades of robust experience across the media and financial industry undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Access Corporation and the nation.

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“His extensive knowledge, exposure, intellect and expertise in media and finance make him a well-suited candidate for this position

“The NGIJ is confident that Mr. Aderinokun’s appointment will further to the growth and success of Access Corporation. We look forward to witnessing his impactful contributions to the organisation’s media and public relations endeavours,” the statement noted.

Prior to his appointment at Access Corporation, Mr. Aderinokun held various key positions in prestigious organizations. He began his career at First Marina Trust Ltd as an MIS and Account, followed by a role as an Analyst at Wall Street Trust Company.

Subsequently, he served as a Banking Officer at United Bank for Africa Plc and later founded Pure Synergy. At ThisDay Newspaper Group, he distinguished himself as an Associate Editor and Group Business Editor, responsible for editing and writing compelling business stories and analyses.

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Mr. Aderinokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Ilorin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos. His educational background, coupled with his extensive professional experience, equips him with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape.

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) is a professional body that promotes investigative journalism, ethical standards, and accountability in Nigeria. The guild comprises seasoned journalists who are committed to upholding the principles of integrity, fairness, and accuracy in their work.

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ICDA Chairman, Abubakar Sadiq Debunks Rumours of Unpopular Movement, Calls for Prayers

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Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA) National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq has debunk rumour making the round on social media that the leadership of the apex social-cultural group of the Igala nation (ICDA) has approved an unpopular movement. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Abubakar made this known in his first podcast after the Kogi governorship election held November 11th, 2023 and received by The Informavores!, saying that he did not hold any meeting with anybody approving any unpopular movement.

In his message that was passed in Igala Language and roughly translated, he said in part that, “There is rumour making the round and our people have been calling me left and right concerning some people that ICDA held meeting with or append signature for approval so that they can go to VIPs of Kogi State. “

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”All that rumour is not true. We did not hold meeting with anybody and ICDA did not sign any agreement of approval with anybody”.

“And there is no any Igala son/daughter in this trial time that would volunteer to lead such movement. For this reason, as far as we are concern, all that rumour is not true”

“And so, don’t be deceived and misled by mischief makers.”

Recall that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja in the petition filed by Social Democratic Party, SDP and its candidate, Muritala Ajaka is still ongoing and the rumoured movement may not be unconnected with it.

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Abubakar further revealed and reassured that preparation is in top gear to elect new executives members that would pilot the affairs of ICDA in a short period of time.

He concluded his message with prayers and admonish the teaming populace to be more prayerful and steadfast.

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