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Goethe-Institut Lagos issues call to save endangered Nigerian languages

Numerous indigenous languages in Nigeria are at risk of extinction. In a bid to preserve endangered languages in Nigeria, the Goethe-Institut Lagos has started a project called Vanishing Voices. The project aims to help preserve endangered languages, and the initiative should be replicated in different parts of Africa, where indigenous languages are at risk of dying out.

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How can African languages be protected?

An endangered language is defined as a language that is at a risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to another language. Many African speakers have shifted to other languages, mostly foreign languages and many African indigenous languages are on the brink of being endangered, nearing extinction. How African governments save these endangered African indigenous languages?


Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions

Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o delivered a public lecture at Wits University, South Africa. The writer discussed the relationship between culture, language and colonisation, and argued for the preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions. Thiong’o also reiterated the importance of learning the mother tongue and local cultural histories, and ended by saying “if you know your mother tongue, and add it with all other languages, that is empowerment”. We couldn’t agree more