“In my house we only speak English and Swahili.”That is a modern Kenyan woman speaking in there day to day chit chats.
What about your native language? Did we get rid of our culture? Or is it just not something worth being proud of?
Those are some of the questions I ask myself every single moment when a friend of mine tells me he is a Luo but can not speak Luo.
Then why are you Luo? Why don’t you just call yourself English? I mean it wont harm to say am English yet you are black.
Many kids of the 21st century are born in towns and cities where we speak the national languages. Rarely make visits to their homelands. A factor that deprives them the opportunity to know and understand their local dialects.
Which makes me ask; to who do we blame for that?
Maybe it is caused by the new culture and probably intermarriages which is a routine in our system nowadays.
If I am to read a CV that someone has indicated that he/she can speak lets say English, Swahili, Luo, Kisii and German or French I will be very impressed and that alone can be an added point to that individual.
In as much as many might argue this in the aspect of tribalism, knowing one’s native language is very important. Because those are our roots. The one thing that holds us.
Native language now is narrowed down to whose role is it to make our kids know their mother tongues? The whites usually use this phrase ‘monkey see,monkey do.’
When a child is growing up, they tend to pick from what they see; for instance if I curse using the F* word in the presence of a kid, it might be a part of their vocabulary the next time they are out playing.
In as much us we would like our children to fit in the society, it is our responsibility to teach them their native languages. Irrespective of our tribal lines.
English and Kiswahili are bound to be learnt in school. Those are subjects in our curriculum. In as much as the government is trying to introduce teaching using our mother languages through CBC we are still not there yet. Parents are still left to play a major role when it comes to this.
I am the greatest and the worst fan of westernization. In as much as it has brought a lot of good things, it has made us abandon our culture. Our heritage. What makes us become Africans.
We are living in the shadows of the white man. We are copy pasting everything.
It is not cool anymore,it is a matter of concern.