In Ubang, a farming community in southern Nigeria, men and women say they speak different languages. They view this unique difference as “a blessing from God”, but as more young people leave for greener pastures and the English language becomes more popular, there are concerns it won’t survive, reports the BBC’s Yemisi Adegoke.
There are concerns about the survival of the different languages.
Neither the male nor female language is written down so their futures depend on the younger generation passing them down. But these days, few young people speak either fluently.
Chief Ibang has dreams that one day a language centre will be set up in Ubang, showcasing the uniqueness of the community’s two languages.
And he is confident that the languages will survive.
“If the languages die, then the Ubang people will exist no more.”
Read this and I thought it was really interesting. There are many languages which are dying out in the world, but these are pretty unique. I liked reading about the different theories as to how it came to be.