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Title:Africa's indigenous languages as the cornerstone of the African Renaissance
Author:Nkuna, Paul H.
Year:2013
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:70-88
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:indigenous languages
official languages
colonial history
ideologies
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2013.861102
Abstract:This article explores and emphasizes the crucial link between the African Renaissance and Africa's indigenous languages. It sheds light on the impact of colonial languages on Africa's colonial state. Indigenous African languages, F. Ndhlovu (2008) says 'are essential for the decolonization of African minds and for the African Renaissance'. The author's finding was that the promotion of colonial languages at the expense of indigenous African languages is characteristic of the colonial state of Africa. The argument is, therefore, in favour of the consideration of indigenous African languages in the promotion of African Renaissance. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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