African Countries And Africa 's Modern Day Lingual Issues

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Africa is the most fascinating continent on our planet due to the thousands of cultures that are able to thrive there. Africa is the most lingual diverse continent in the world with over three-thousand languages spoken there. The most common languages spoken in Africa are English, French, and Portuguese, however most African countries are composed of tribes, each with their own dialect of language. The issue lies in the fact that most of these languages are not mutually intelligible. Therefore, having thousands of languages has contributed to the downfall and stunted economic growth of many African countries such as Nigeria and Tanzania. Having hundreds of languages in a country composed of tribes can cause multiple issues and can…show more content…
European colonization is the main cause for the numerous amount of languages in the continent of Africa. After the industrial revolution, Europe was searching for money, therefore they colonized in order to enrich themselves. Ethiopia and Libya were the only countries in Africa to resist the Europeans and prevent their country from being taken over. Otherwise, all the other countries were colonized. The Europeans sharing the same land brought about a whole new set of problems. The Europeans put their own cultural practices into use in Africa which included their languages. The native Africans began to pick up these languages and localizing them. This was the beginning of the linguistic melting pot that we see today in many African countries. As a result of European colonization, we saw many languages emerge out of Africa. As time has progressed, we have failed to see any extinction of these languages of which highly contributes to Africa’s modern day linguistic issues. Nigeria supports over 500 languages inside its borders, however English has been the official language since independence from Britain. Now nearly 60 years later, Nigerians are proposing the idea of changing the official language to an indigenous language for multiple reasons. Nigerians believe that an indigenous language is the key to resolving problems concerning national unity

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