Sometime ago, a video went viral about 2 little ?American girls who were being accused by their grandma for not being where they supposed to be in school. In complete irritation, somehow, in between, they spoke some Yoruba.
The reason I am sharing this video, is to draw the importance of speaking our native language to our kids, no matter which part of the continent we find ourselves. I noticed a lot of Nigerian parents are shying away from the responsibility of speaking their language to their children.
Let me remind you, that there is ‘power’ in our mother tongue. How can we completely let our children be lost in this so-called westernized way of life, little wonder they behave the way they do these days (no pun intended). How can a child wake up and not greet his or her parents the native way, and all he or she can say is “Mum, hi”! What is that?
Please, let’s encourage our children by limiting the way they speak English. They can speak in English at school but at home, our custom and tradition should be taught.
*I was a victim of not being taught my native language*. I suffered to learn my language as I grew older on my own. I felt like a bird without destination and I couldn’t fit in. For that, I decided history won’t repeat itself, as far as my kids are concerned!