“Igbo” is currently trending on Twitter. Lots of shots and counter shots have been fired from the camps of people who believe a person should be able to speak his or her native language and those who don’t think it’s important.
Jason Njoku stated as a matter of fact that he doesn’t speak Igbo and neither do his kids. He said he doesn’t see the need for them to learn the language. According to him, he has lived in Nigerian for nine years, he doesn’t speak Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa, he doesn’t even speak pidgin and he has gotten along just fine. Jason went further to say he was bulled and called unprintable names, by family members, while growing up because he couldn’t speak Igbo language.
This revelation leads one to question the need bully and ridicule people simply because they don’t speak their native language. Is really necessary to speak your native language, does it define you as a person? What does speaking your native language add to your personal development.
Meanwhile, what is it with Igbo people and their language? These people legit dis their own culture. They burn down everything that symbolize their culture but come after their own people who don’t speak Igbo.
Someone, needs to tell them they need to promote culture and language. Whats the use of speaking a language when there is no culture to back it up.
The Chinese speak their language and at the same time promote their culture. Igbos’ should do the same.
The ability to speak a language is and should remain a personal choice. If we encounter people who don’t speak their native languages, it’s better to engage them from an inquisitive and friendly disposition rather attack and bully them. Bullying tends to further alienate people.
In all, live and let live. We only live once.
I dey Gate.