I didn’t communicate the Yoruba language to my youngsters after they have been younger. I’d be blowing grammars upandan. ‘Ekiti brought up’ blowing solely grammars to his younger youngsters in Lagos.
My spouse made efforts, however I did very poorly, out of ignorance. Today, I see it as my greatest parental failure. My youngsters can solely decide few phrases in my Yoruba language, a language I really like and revel in a lot.
At excessive colleges in North America, they noticed the Chinese, the Indians and different Asians communicate their language fluently, they talked about this to us, and I knew I used to be accountable. If I had supported my spouse after they have been younger, all of them would have been very fluent, not talking Yoruba ‘taa ta ta’
I used to be in my cousin’s home typically in the past, and was shocked his youngsters couldn’t communicate any type of the Yoruba language neither do they perceive, and these are youngsters born and introduced up in Lagos. I shook my head in disbelief and in sympathy for the poor youngsters.
Loads of us don’t know we’re creating limitations for these youngsters by depriving them of their cultural rights and heritage. Davido is a World beater in the present day, extraordinarily profitable in his chosen profession. Please, have you ever considered it, if his billionaire father didn’t enable him to study the rudiments of his native language when he was younger, would he have been this profitable? Listen to his songs and verify his command of his native language.
I wish to consider, the yorubas are essentially the most responsible in Nigeria, the Igbos and the Hausas are much better. We assume we’re being ‘sophisticated’ in ignorance and lack of publicity, destroying our cultural heritage.
Please, if you’re nonetheless elevating younger youngsters, don’t be a failure like me. Your youngsters should be taught to talk and perceive your native language. It’s no signal that you’re cosmopolitan or enlightened when your youngsters can’t communicate your language, however a parental failure and a scarcity of the appropriate publicity.
It’s by no means a power however a weak point that may all the time take away out of your youngsters and deprive them of alternatives and privileges. Moreover, you might be merely destroying your individual heritage.
Good day pals.
This post was originally published on July 12, 2022.