How British Accent Murdered Nigerian English
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There is too much British English in our Nigerian Schools!
Somehow, parents have convinced themselves that one of the key criteria to judge a school’s ability to teach children is how well the teachers speak the Queens English.
And the result?
School Teachers with a plethora of foreign sounding confusing accents manufactured in Nigeria … Teacher’s killing the r-factor or speaking through their noses just to sound British!
But this is nothing new, as far back as 1993 in Secondary School, I remember sitting in the school hall for a 2-hour
Which was really someone basically telling us that our Nigerian accented way of pronouncing words was somehow inferior to the British accented pronunciations.
I left the session that day and remember feeling insecure about my English speaking ability. I mean I could speak good English, but I felt that my classmates that already had
Now I am not against speaking proper English, what I am against is the false notion that somehow speaking proper English with a Nigerian accent is not proper English at all. And that English spoken improperly with an accent is somehow better!
We have created this beast that is comical to hear.
And it is not just exclusive to high-brow private schools. This
I remember engaging with a teacher at one of those school whose job was already difficult as she struggled daily to utilize limited resources to get her Primary 4 students to read out loud and confidently.
And she was doing a good job, until…
On one particular day, her school owner hired one of these British-pronunciation experts to teach her students proper “English,” the proper way to read out loud.
Likely a parent request or one of those things the school owner felt would make his or her school hip … more Britishy[sic].
What ended up happening, was in summary … a total disaster!
To be more precise … it was a
What’s more, the original class teacher was left to pick up the pieces of the massacred English language. As she had to re-educate her kids and purge out the noise they had just been exposed to and convince them that
The fact is, you can sound American or British or Australian and still use poor sentence structures. On the other hand you can have an accent,
Let’s stop falling into the accent trap
And yes before you BEAT ME with comments, I do know that a good number of Nigerian teachers sadly due to the deterioration of our Education institutions do not speak properly.
But let’s not make their learning curve even more difficult by trying to convince them that their natural accent is also a problem as well.
Our accent is beautiful, let’s embrace it, let’s teach people to love it, let’s hire specialists that speak proper English with Nigerian accents. Let’s do that, before “British Accent Kills Nigeria English!”
PS: What are your thoughts on this particular topic? Do you have any examples or opposing thoughts? I would like to hear them, but only in Nigerian English =D
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