Views: 73 Replies: 1 Posted by: Istifanus

    Posted: 03: 27 AM, 23rd September, 2019


    HELLO #PERO_LANDERS, Here we go

    =>Speaking ones indigenous language is important to pass oral traditions, heritage and diversity through generations. So, why exactly are our people shying away from their mother tongue?

    =>Language is the key to the heart of the people and if we lose that key, we lose the very essence of the people. Sadly, it seems our generation of Pero youth are well on their way to losing their command of traditional language. It is quite common to see Pero youths who cannot have a simple conversation in their mother tongue.

    =>It may be the overbearing influence of Western culture that has caused us to lose our mother tongue. When the globally understood language is English, is it any wonder that some can't be bothered to learn The Pero language? Whilst we can put some of it down to upbringing, raising children in the diaspora, for some, they simply do not care about preserving this precious language. Our indigenous speakers are dwindling by the day. Lack of preservation of our dear language 'Pero'

    =>Even If the The Pero language is to be forced on our Primary and secondary school Students as a compulsory subject, the main challenge is getting them to actually use the language! Some people may ask 'Why should I speak my language if my friend probably doesn’t speak it back to me?' or 'Why should I speak it if it is not cool to do so?

    ★There are certain factors that cause our people to have negative attitudes toward their language. Some of these factors include:

    =>Lack of parental guidance

    Parents don’t speak their mother tongue to their children anymore. In fact, some children are banned from speaking their indigenous language in public. How can such a child learn the language if they are not encouraged do so by their own family?

    =>Native speakers are tagged as uncivilised

    Many people have a belief that speaking one's mother tongue deems you uncivilised, local and violent. In other to join the bandwagon and be accepted, they ditch 'The honourable Pero' for English. This is all in the name of being civilized

    ★The way forward★

    =>Parents should be encouraged to share this culture and tradition with their kids and not shy away from relating to them in the Pero language as the best way to learn is by being immersed in the culture, being able to practice it and hear it constantly.

    I will like to relate this with how we were being brought up in our family. To tell you the truth, when my Family left Filiya, i was just eight(8) years old and that is the sensitive moment of a child's life in terms of language choice. My Mum and Dad where never shy to speak the Pero language to us even in the public. now whenever we go back home, we found out that we even speak the Pero language better than some people who where born and brought up at home [I'm not trying to brag please] But why? Its because our parent made out time to teach and train us that way. Dad and Mum i'm forever grateful!

    You see here our Parents are to blame for all we are experiencing, but nevertheless there's something that can be done about it...

    ★In conclusion★

    In conclusion, for this indigenous language to make a truly sustained recovery, it will have to be through our current and future generations’ display of dedication and tenacity.

    The real mission is not how it continues to survive today, but how it will grow and thrive well into the future.

    ★Written by★

    ★Adams Istifanus Danja★

    Views: 73 Replies: 1 By: Istifanus


Thanks for this eyes opener..... We need to joint hands together and make our community better..... We should not shy away from speaking our local dialect.... Our primary and secondary school should encourage the our local dialect by adding it in their curriculum.

By: Gbutemu Posted: 4 weeks agoLike 1

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