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Title:Towards a vibrant African languages industry in the era of the African renaissance
Author:Kamwendo, Gregory
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:indigenous languages
employment creation
Abstract:To some people, African languages are insufficiently valued or good for nothing. Such people do not find any economic value in African languages. However, the African renaissance can inject a new lease of life into African languages. The African linguistic renaissance implies uplifting the status and use of African languages. It also means taking African languages into domains where their economic value will rise. This requires a drastic change in how African languages are perceived and treated. This article argues that, as part of the African renaissance, African languages should become income generators or job-creating entities. There is great potential for African languages to attain such economically rewarding status. African languages have slept for so long that they can now be compared to devalued currencies. The article suggests some ways through which a vibrant African languages industry can be developed and sustained. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]