OPINION: Can English Language Stand a Benchmark to Measure Intellectualism? – By Sheriff Almuhajir PhD
Hausa is a language that is largely spoken by the people of northern Nigeria, however, recent indications shows that our Hausa speaking communities forgets the value of their inherited language giving much priority to recently adopted English Language.
Consequently, this affects our intellectual capacity and tactically degraded us to promote the language of people who barely noticed our existence.
It’s very unfortunate that most of us believed that we are only relevant by speaking fluent English Language, we’ve given a foreign language the power to measure people’s worth. We qualified people with questionable intellect to the status of scholars, while a scholar of high repute in the vernacular language doesn’t get the same amount of respect, just because he is not fluent in a foreign language.
It’s disheartening how easily we forgot that we are sons and daughters of people who are chained and enslaved by the owners of this language we are proud to promote, to the extent that we happily replace or lost our language, customs and traditions to foreign and alien language called English.
In my understanding, the beauty of every language lies in the respect and recognition it enjoys from its speakers, be it English, Hausa, Arabic, French or Italian, people put things on high and low pedestals. It’s clear that we are neglecting our worth by promoting other people’s means of communication, we are now becoming so much immersed in the way to meet the societal standards of sophistication to the extent that we are forgetting our roots.
Indeed English is important to expand our knowledge, but keeping hold on our heritage and roots is important too. It will not deprive us access to the knowledge of science, literature, history, philosophies and much more.
This submission is not meant to discourage people to learn, speak and write in English, but it shows how low the IQ of people who uses English as a benchmark to measure people’s intelligence, people who look down or criticize people who cannot speak fluent English.
Ku rike turancin ku mu muna nan a Hausari