Thank you prof for sharing this stimulating piece by Dr Kwarteng which highlights some of our recent engagement on the forum.
Both he and the minister of science Dr Onu as well as the education minister Malam Adamu need be assured that we in the forum are not oblivious of the role of the minority question in stymying the noble goal of indigenous language teaching in early learning. The sublimation and re-presentation of this question is the rehash of the non duplication of English as national and international language. This escape valve is what the Yoruba call 'kaka keku ma je se se.'
Preaching at the minorities may not heal the psychological wound and that is why (after decades of rumination) after my intial suggestion of the triumviral system I thought a more workable model of the idea (following my belief that every minority is a majority somewhere) will recognise a minority language as the third(and principal) national language to be adopted in its domain. Thus the whole linguistic landscape in country would record a win-win situation rather than engage in perennial excuses for non implementation.
Also as I suggested in our debate on the matter such goals will lead to a better internal educational personnel, pupil and ideational exchanges amongst the constituent units in Nigeria.
Yes, developing and coordinating metalanguages may not be an easy task as Dr Kwarteng well recognised but they are do-able. This is why Olayinka Agbetuyi seizing on the idea of a Yoruba metalanguage on the basis of an interview he had with the esteemed Akinwunmi Isola in the 80s to formulate one for music refuses to give up simply because the task seems more harduous than the initial insipiration suggested.
It is a task that requires all hands on deck and calls for herculean co-operative ventures.
When Dr Fakinlede launched his dictionary I was quick to ask for a digital follow up. Such developments will accelerate the realisatoon of such noble objectives.
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
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