Promotion of Efik - a major minority language in Nigeria
Stan & Sandy Anonby
stan-sandy_anonby at sil.org
Fri Jan 9 14:57:17 UTC 2004
>>From what I've seen, when a language is promoted as is being done with Efik,
there is language shift going on. I wonder if this is the case with Efik.
I also wonder what the longer term impact of Efik being promoted at the
university level will be. Will it help maintain the language, or will it
speed language shift?
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From: "Oladipo Salami" <diposalami at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 6:50 AM
Subject: Promotion of Efik - a major minority language in Nigeria
> Efik - a major minority language spoken in the region (Southeast of
> where the English lanuage was first implanted in Nigeria is reported in a
> Nigerian daily - DAILY SUN - to have its first university trained
> this month. Here is the report:
> UNICAL to graduate first Efik language students - DAILY SUN, Friday,
> 2, 2004
> From Boniface Mzama, Calabar
> History is about to be made in Efik Kingdom as the University of Calabar
> [Unical] will soon graduate eight students who read Efik language.
> thousands of the Efik race have over the years graduated in various fields
> of learning, the graduation ceremony coming up this month, will be quite
> spectacular as the eight students will be the first to have read the
> language in the university. Excited by the unprecedented ceremony, the
> partriarch of Efik Kingdom, Professor Nta Elijah Henshaw , the Obong of
> Calabar, has said that plans were in the pipeline for the language to be
> made compulsory for natives of the race at the primary and secondary
> The apex traditional ruler of the Efik Kingdom, has said that his palace
> initiating a scholarship scheme to assist interested students of the area,
> wishing to study the language.
> Following the programme, he said each family in Calabar would be expected
> contribute to the promotion of the language in schools and the university.
> Speaking to newsmen at the Obong's palace to mark the 2nd coronation
> anniversary of the Obong of Calabar, Prince Eyo Adam III,
> of the Etubom Council, said apart from individual families, every native
> the area would contribute N200 [$1.50] each, as his or her contribution
> the promotion of the language.
> "Already, we have sent letters to Efik sons and daughters, both at home
> in diaspora to assist in the programme, which is tagged: Promotion of Efik
> Language", he said.
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