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Promote Your Language, EDSG Urges Artistes.

Posted by Edonaze on May 22, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Promote Your Language, EDSG Urges Artistes.


Promote Your Language, EDSG Urges Artistes.

Pledges To Support At Least 10 Musicians In 2010

Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has promised that the state government will support at least 10 musical artistes who make use of any indigenous languages in their lyrics in the forthcoming 2010 as a way of encouraging the growth of music in the state.

He appealed to all Edo artistes to always promote the languages of the state through their work with a view to reviving the rich cultural heritage of the people.

Citing Yoruba musicians and other tribes, he enjoined the people to halt promoting other people’s languages and in the same vein neglecting theirs.

Speaking at the recently held Lock Down Entertainment South-South music awards, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, on Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Orobosa Omo-Ojo who represented the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole at the ceremony stressed the need why Edos must learn to encourage their own.

Generally, he called on the people to always patronize musicians from the state by way of buying their products rather than borrowing or pirating them.



Towards A Common Edo Language

RECENTLY, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole emphasised the need for an Edo Language to be evolved, taught and transmitted in public schools in the State for the sole aim of promoting the rich culture of the people. Bearing in mind that language is a powerful and very potent tool for preserving and propagating culture, the overriding need to evolve an Edo language cannot be over-emphasised.

BESIDES unifying and bringing the people closer, an Edo language, which of necessity, will be an amalgam of Benin, Esan and Afenmai (comprising Akoko Edo, Etsako and Owan) languages, because these are the major ethnic groups in the state, will fortify the culture, socio-economic and political bonds of the people, who are largely related. For, Edo people are not only related, they somewhat have a monolithic cultural background.

SECONDLY, the process of fashioning an Edo Language from all intents and purposes, will not be tedious and cumbersome. If anything, the syllabus will take advantage of the similarities and cure the inherent dissimilarities in the pronunciation and identification of objects and materials as well as syntax. Language teachers and translators, who are experts in English Language, the current Lingua Franca, would be engaged, thus creating a viable source of employment.

AGAIN, the process of forming an Edo Language will be a sort of empowerment to the people. The Edo nation, as it is currently constituted has a rich history. The inter-group relations of the Esan, Afenmai and Benin people from pre-colonial to present day, when reconstructed will reveal much of the historiography of each of these ethnic groupings and by extension, help substantially to under study the people, their language, history, evolution, challenges and other related demographic issues hitherto unknown in the life of these people.

HOWEVER, The NIGERIAN OBSERVER is quick here to sound a note of caution on the issue of a common Edo language. The idea, as noble and laudable as it is, should not be politicized, so that the benefits derivable therefrom, will not suffer from selfish and inordinate posturing of some groups, organizations or traditional institution. The reason for this is that like Chief Anthony Enahoro, frontier nationalist and the Adolor of Uromi, once noted, while facilitating a Pan-Edo people’s congress in Europe, Edo people have all the potentials to evolve a common language, which he suggested should be called EDO OKPAMAIKHIN( meaning, Edos are one people).

EVEN the Comrade Governor’s recent concern and reasons which have their root in the history of Edo people equally took cognizance of the fact that the non-existent nature of an Edo Language, detracts from the one-ness of the people, which is more real than is perceived by other ethnic groups in Nigeria. The ancestral lineage of all Edo people have their root in the Oduduwa and Ekalederan mythology, and the visible traditional and ancestral Head of the Edo nation, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, has a lot to offer in the direction of a common Edo Language.

The Institute for Benin Studies, the various Departments of Languages in the Higher Institutions of Learning and the traditional rulers and their interpreters will equally be handy in the projects, no doubt.

FROM available records, the variation in Benin-Esan Language for instance is only 40% while the similarities remain in the neighbourhood of 50 – 65% depending of course on the background of the Esan or Benin man in question, his level of interaction with the other ethnic group being considered and the overall world outlook and orientation. In the case of Afenmai, the situation is equally not too different as the language can be understood by both the Benin and Esan given the same aforementioned circumstance.

IT is the belief of The NIGERIAN OBSERVER, that whilst a common Edo Language is desirable, the necessary homework and syllabus must be designed and put in place to make it teachable, and communicable while not necessarily making same a Lingua Franca in Edo State. The prospects are bright no doubt, but the issue should be disentangled from the realm of politics. The component ethnic groups and other languages will have to, first and foremost, be made compulsory in public schools, and thereafter the study of an amalgam of the three major languages spoken could follow. This way, the process will become easier, more realistic and very appreciable


Gov Oshiomhole calls for common language in Edo


BENIN CITY - Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has called for a common indivisible language among the people of Edo State.

He made the call at a reception organised in his honour and that of his deputy Hon. Pius Odubu by Otu-Ede-Oseghe, yesterday.

He contended that if other ethnic groups in Nigeria could maintain a common language, it was not out of place, therefore, for Edo people to speak one indivisible language.

While calling for unity among the people of the state irrespective of their political, religious and ethnic leanings, Comrade Oshiomhole re-emphasised the need for people to be patient with him in terms of projects execution.

According to the Governor: “I know expectations are high but we cannot really do much this year because of the delay in the passage of the budget by the Edo State House of Assembly, but hopefully, as from next year there will be something to show”.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Anthony Enahoro also stressed the need for a common language among Edo people.

Also speaking, the Chairman Otu-Ede-Oseghe, Chief David Edibiri drew the attention of the Comrade Governor to the spate of incursions into Edo land by neighbouring people from Ondo and Delta States.

Chief Edebiri who is also the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, challenged the governor to quickly address the problem before it goes out of hand.

Congratulating the governor and his deputy for their doggedness and the resilience displayed in their historic legal battle to reclaim their stolen mandate, Chief Edebiri hinted that the Assets Verification Committee set up by the present administration was a step in the right direction, adding that the startling revelations from the committee had gone a long way to show that even Naaman was a leper.

“Since you assumed office as governor of the state, your actions and programmes have broken the back-bone of corruption, intimidation, harassment and psychological tension that have held citizens of Edo State virtually, prisoners for many years,” he said.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, first Executive Governor of the state, members representing Oredo East, West and Etsako West II constituencies at the state House of Assembly as well as representatives of the Oba of Benin.

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