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The fading use of indigenous languages in African households
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Arts and Culture The fading use of indigenous languages in African households

The use of indigenous languages in African households is slowly fading with parents embracing foreign languages. Speaking at the 7th Annual International Igbo Conference Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie revealed that she only speaks to her daughter in Igbo, a practice that shocks many parents. However, embracing foreign languages at the expense of local languages is a result of “colonialism [which has] made us look down on everything that is African. This includes our languages, cultures and religions”.

Nigeria moves towards use of indigenous languages in elementary schools
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Arts and Culture Nigeria moves towards use of indigenous languages in elementary schools

Nigeria is making a concerted effort to promote the use and study of its indigenous languages in elementary schools as a way of preserving the country’s rich and diverse tapestry of tongues. A policy has been introduced that allows primary school pupils to receive elementary education in the language of their immediate community.

Rhodes University PhD graduate Hleze Kunju writes thesis in isiXhosa
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Arts and Culture Rhodes University PhD graduate Hleze Kunju writes thesis in isiXhosa

Dr Hleze Kunju wrote his doctoral thesis in isiXhosa, Rhodes University’s first isiXhosa authored PhD thesis. The act has been described as a milestone. With recent agitations for the incorporation of African languages into the education system, Dr Kunju’s remarkable accomplishment could give impetus to efforts to transform South Africa’s education system.