Local Dialects as Languages of Instruction by Mas’ud Segun Adesanya


“As a people, we must go back to the basics to pick our pieces and look forward therefrom”. – Adesanya

One of my most fulfilling days, as a man who has emerged from this geographical expression (Nigeria), will be such time when we would have embraced the wisdom to use our local dialects as languages of instruction in our schools.

Such immense decision would represent the beginning of positive turn-arounds in our respective societies.

Positives like the restoration of socio-politico-cultural identity, transformation of values and attitudes, revival of public accountability and a sense of communal responsibility.
A people with no clear sense of identity is lost in rudderlessness. It wanders hopelessly in the desert of amorphous trajectory.
However, in the quest to find ones identity, as a sine qua non for a concerted and methodical progess of a people, language must play a central role as a driver of its social philosophy which flows strongly at the base of the intellectual framework that helps to engineer the dialectics of surging the society forward.

The argument here is not misplaced; a survey of different functioning societies of the world sufficiently supports and reinforces this argument.

Such societies understand the significance of (basal) identity preservation and the role of own languages in this quest.
As a people, we must go back to the basics to pick our pieces and look forward therefrom.
On the political front, we must, as a matter of exigency, restructure this geographical expression -Nigeria.
While on the socio-cultural front, we must start by pulling and pushing our local dialects into the mainstream of public discourses and dialectics.
From there, things would hopefully begin to open up, as some other things would equally begin to take their natural places

In all, we must walk back into the future!

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