|Posted by Edonaze on May 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM|
Origin of WAZOBIA as major language
By Prof. ALEX G. IGBINEWEKA
In 1950s, when the 'Redifussion' or house-to-house Radio speaker boxes were introduced into Nigeria by the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, the Federal Government of Nigeria was finding a way to disseminate the News broadcasts by duly translating it into the various indigenous Nigerian languages so as to get to the grass roots. Therefore, they decided to translate the hourly News bulletins into about nine different Nigerian languages, namely: Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Edo, Efik, Kanuri, Fulfulde, Izon, Tiv respectively. This was very cumbersome as it took lots of minutes or hour to end the vernacular news broadcast and most other non language speakers were not interested listening to other languages no sooner theirs was translated.
Consequently, when the Military men came into power, they decided and spruned the number of languages down from nine to just three, namely: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages only and tagged it "WAZOBIA", meaning: "Wa" (come) in Yoruba language; "Zo" (come) in the Hausa language; and, "Bia" which also meant (come) in Igbo language respectively. In other words, (come, come, come), i.e. it was a matter of everyone wanting to speak and be silence at the same time - how stupid! The name WAZOBIA was given by the late talented musician - Roy Chicago.
And then Nigeria embarked on radio and television translation of news in what they called the three major languages, and sent all the other languages into the cooler, for them to groan and get lost, as if the country did not belong to them as well. This single action is what has led the country into its present doom of the "Federal Character syndrome", (you must come from any of those three major languages and ethnic groups) to be heard, recognized and given reasonable political appointment no matter your talent and accredited professionalism!
It was in the light of these and several other reasons that I decided to improve or develop Guosa - the language of my vision to save Nigeria now and in the future. Guosa is a scientific and artistic evolution and integtration of all the languages and dialects to be found in Nigeria as a unified lingua franca (National Language). A lot of tribal and ethnic sentiments will be relgated to the background when we can speak one monogenous national language at home and abroad.
Now, let us go to the drawing board:
According to the linguistic experts, there are 250 language groups in Nigeria, and about 150 dialectical groups altogether making 400 languages and dialects.
Now, take away 3 language groups, namely HAUSA, IGBO AND YORUBA or the so-called majority from the minority groups and what do you have as majority? you will end up with 397 languages and dialects versus 3. And according to the world political scientists - "majority carries the votes" in other words 397 languages, dialects and cultures are the majority groups in Nigeria and not the so called 3-main languages or the defunct WAZOBIA.
For this and several other reasons the GUOSA LANGUAGE was evolved, as a unifying medium of communication, authentic identity and unity so that in the years ahead, Nigeria and indeed the West African Regional Countries "ECOWAS" will come together as ONE language group, a similar experience like the Swahili language which facilitated communication and unity in the Eastern bloc of African nation.
What then is the Guosa language?
English Language:... .please give me water
Guosa Language:... ..biko, fun mi ni ruwa
Evolution of words into the Guosa language:
biko...meaning "please" from the Igbo language
fun mi ni.....meaning. ...."give me" from the Yoruba language
runwa....meaning "water" in the Hausa language.
Aboki .....meaning "friend" (Hausa)
mi....meaning "me" ....Yoruba, Efik, Itsekiri, Berom, etc.
bia (or) biawa...meaning "come" - (Igbo/Yoruba)
mbi/nbi....meaning "here" in the Yoruba language
Guosa Language: Bia mbi, aboki mi
English language: Come here, my friend
An evolution of words from Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Itsekiri, Berom, Efik/Ibibio etc.
Guosa Language: Eku a bia si kasa Naijeriya
English Language: Welcome to the country of Nigeria
(an evolution of words from Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa)
Guosa Language: Otogan Yaradua gbameh layen
English Language: President Yaradua said yesterday
(words evolution from Egun, Ijaw, Yoruba and Igbo languages respectively)
awa...meaning "we" in the Yoruba language
ga...meaning :will/shall - (Igbo)
hun...meaning "see/meet" ....Igbo
uzola...meaning "week" ...Edo language
bibiawa...meaning "coming" ...from Igbo and Yoruba languages
awa ga hun n'uzola bibiawa
we shall see/meet in the coming week
Mo hufe yin
GUOSA: Shendo...meaning "thank you"
ENGLISH: Thank you
(Sources of evolution: "eseun"...(Yoruba meaning "thank you)
"daalu"....Igbo meaning "thank you"
Guosa language evolution: "ese" or "eshe", "she" + "ndo/"daalu" = "shen+do"
ENGLISH LANGUAGE:... ..I love you
GUOSA: Mo hufe Naigeriya kasa mi
ENGLISH: I love Nigeria my country
I have written and published a comprehensive dictionary of the Guosa langauge vocabularies consisting of more than 106,000 head words evolved from Nigeria and across the West African regional countries.
I cannot do it alone and I need the full academic research assistance. I want to go back to Nigeria and re-open the "Train-the-trainers " school that I commenced single-handed some 4 years ago so that Nigeria and the ECOWAS can by united but I need help to do so.
Please copy, paste and down load the links below to view the Guosa language teaching and videos:
http://www.guosa/- language. tv/video/ LANGUAGE- EVOLUTION- GUOSA-AS- NIG
http://www.youtube/. com/watch? v=k-pSkWpJusA
http://www.youtube/. com/watch? v=kudGl1br- JY
ALEX G. IGBINEWEKA
The Guosa Language Evolutionist
A Nigerian and West African "ECOWAS" Common Indigenous Future Lingua Franca