Nigerians should learn how to value language and culture from South Africans.

Nigerians should learn how to value language and culture from South Africans.

A Nigerian cultural activist Oludare Joshua advises that Nigerians should learn how to value language and culture from South Africans.

He appealed to Nigerians who live in South Africa to emulate how South Africans speak their languages unapologetically, whilst many Nigerians think their own language is inferior.

Joshua who has stayed in South Africa for 12 years says whilst Nigerians are imposing English Language on their children, South Africans are not ashamed to speak their language to theirs.

The author of two books on African language states that Nigerian culture and language are among the most popular in South Africa, amongst other foreign language and culture.

He is very happy that South Africans appreciate and learn the Nigerian culture, whilst many Nigerians only learn the liberality in the land – unbridled smoking, drinking and promiscuity, not the good aspects of South African culture.

Ifeoma Chukwuka, a Nigerian nail technician in Central Johannesburg claims it is alarming and shameful that many Nigerian children born in South Africa or brought from Nigeria can hardly pronounce, let alone know the meaning of their names. “They pronounce South African names better than their own names. What a shame!”.

Olusan advocated that we should teach our children our language and culture tirelessly, and pridefully preserve our culture in the Diaspora.

Meanwhile, Winky Tshepang, a South African who lives in Bramley says young South Africans are no longer embracing the language and culture. “Most of these young kids speak English Language. They greet you as if you are their age mate”.

It is becoming commonplace that many Nigerians find it funny and cool that they don’t understand their language anymore.

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A Nigerian cultural activist Oludare Joshua advises that Nigerians should learn how to value language and culture from South Africans.

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