It has been argued that to take away the culture of a people and enslave them, you first take away their language and make them dislike it. In many families in Nigeria today, we derive pleasure and take it as status symbol when our children speak English and are ignorant of our mother tongue, I used to admire Igbo people because of their love for speaking to their children in their language, but that has changed: English is now the fashion in their communicating with their children.
The disadvantage of not speaking our languages to our children is that they will loose the identity as authentic Yoruba, Tiv, Hausa, Igbo, Bini, Ogoni People e.t.c. In India, Britain, Scotland and Libya, children speak their mother tongues, Indians Chinese, Korean and Japanese children even use computers in their mother tongues.
Let us encourage our children to speak our mother tongue at home and leave the foreign language to the school to handle. More than 100 years ago, Bishop Samuel Ayayi Crowther was able to translate the bible to Yoruba because he was proficient in his Yoruba, His mother tongue. How many parents can read the bible or any other books in their mother tongue?
What is your take on this issue? Please mature comments needed here, Thanks