Ritman University Celebrates International Mother Language Day, Rues Endangered Tongues

Ritman University joined the rest of the world in celebrating United Nations’ International Mother Language Day on Tuesday 21st February, 2017, highlighting the beauty and development potential of native languages.
Event lecturer, Dr. Joseph Udondata – Acting Dean of Ritman University’s Humanities faculty – disagreed with the designation of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba as “major languages” of Nigeria, contending that such recognition robs the nation of benefits accruing from our multilingual, multicultural heritage.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Celestine Ntuen, cited research evidence to prove that the native language one speaks may determine how his brain solves mathematical puzzles. Quoting Roxanne Khamsi, Ntuen noted that our mother tongue may influence the way problem-solving circuits in our brains develop. He defined Mother Tongue as the language one uses from birth.

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