Mother Tongue Day in Abuja

On Tuesday the 22nd of February, the French Cultural Centre in Abuja held a small celebration with local schools to celebrate International Mother Tongue Day.  Nearly 100 students, from six secondary schools and four primary schools, attended the event.

Students participated in art workshops, storytelling and mini-language classes. There were also cultural performances and a debate among the secondary school students.

Fatima Akilu, author of several children's books, including "The Red Transistor Radio," and "Timi's Dream Come True," was on had to chair the debate competition. The topic was "Should Nigerian authors only write books in English?" and students from each school debated vigorously from bringing up points from the author's, the community's and the educator's points of view.

[caption id="attachment_576" align="alignnone" width="800" caption="Fatima Akilu, left, facilitates the discussion and fields questions from the audience during Mother Tongue Day at the French Cultural Centre, Abuja."][/caption]

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  • Would have loved to hear their arguments as this particular argument has been raging for sometime now. and I am one of the proponents of using local languages too. If we wouldn’t consciously promote the effort let’s not dampen the efforts of the few who are doing it.

    Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman on February 28, 2011

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