what has happened to our languages?



I was forwarded an email with a typical graduand speech that got me thinking! what has happened to our local languages? are we slowly destroying them? I have come to understand that if you don’t stand up for yourself, then someone else stands the chance of imposing their values, etc on you. This has happened to us over the last 100 years when the arab traders first came to our continent. Cultures like India or china has still maintained their languages that even though they have migrated, a typical chinese child would still speak mandarin, an indian, punjabi, etc..

It was good to read that recent regional governments would promote language development. I am hoping that it would be compulsory to standard the local language of the community in which the school falls up to S4. some irrelavant material such as the geography of the US, the rhinelands, etc could be eliminated from the sylabus!

we still need to promote the need for students to lean more about their history and geography. not much is learnt and hence not much is invested in understanding it. this has somehow contributed to the lost interest, with some people alluding to our cultures being backward and only associating with the foreign language speaking individuals!

how come we couldn’t discover the oil ourselves, the gold, etc? how can we best benefit from a resource whose value we don’t understand in detail? have we set up a cost intelligence base to ensure that we get value for money on all deals being signed? how come the first luganda-english disctionary was written by a white missionary and copies can only be obtained from the english school of african studies library in london (according to online resources)? why cant the recent generation speak fluently its mother tongue?

please contemplate on this speech and use it to think of a wider picture! our forefathers did their bit, have we done ours?

Sample of a speech given by this generation’s graduates!!

Ba guests baffe mwenna, thank u so much okujja okunsanyukirako. ..

Okusookera ddala byona nebaaza ba Parents bange abanjawulizaako kumagezi gaabwe nebampa. Actually singa tebali bbo I don’t know. I wouldn’t even be here tonite.  It is only God, the almighty who knows… With Katonda everything is possible… u get?!!!


Daddy ne Mummy olwo kwelekereza all the good things nebampa sente za tuition ne family friend Jack anyambye okunsasulira sente za hostel… as in, he’s been too good to me.

Newankubadde nfunye Pass degree naye manyi nti yange silinga bano abafunye zi 1st class through thigh power! Nze eyo diguli njeyitira “thigh class” I never used to Xerox coursework and I attended all class lectures. Era nze omusomo bwentyo nengukuba oluku kumutwe! (Audience cheers and claps.)

Nebaza ba friends bange, Moses, Martha, Marbel, Cathe, Viviane, Henrietta, Carol, Vanessa kale nabalala bwe twali mu discussion group… Era simanyi kyakubakolera kubanga simanyi they really helped me a lot. Era namwe nga bwe mulaba bazze wano kumukolo gwange. (Her fellow graduands cheer her up!! )

Allow me at this juncture nkyukire buganda bwage obuto, eno diguli jenfunye siyamwe! Mulina nammwe okusoma enyo mufune ezamwe. Especially kakalikyeejo ka Paul, akatafaayo kubyakusoma. The world is only for the educated era ekalaamu terimba. Nze bwemundaba wano temunegomba! Uhm. (The siblings look on in bewilderment.)

Naye kale okumanya nga nsanyuse nyo, ekutuufu kili nti essanyu lyeli nsanyusiza era ddala namwe mwena ndaba mulibasanyufu olwesanyu era nsanyukidde dala okulaba nga muzze okusanyukilako. Praise the Lord. (Amen fellow graduates shout..)

Silina bingi byakwogera kubanga olwa leero lwakusanyuka nolwekyo nsanyuse nnyo nsanyukidde dala okulaba nga muzze bangi bwemuti okunsanyukirako. Actually am so happy. Nsanyusenyo olwesanyu lya diguli. DJ baweeyo akayimba…. Ndowooza tuwe mugati gwabata please.

I hope that we can start promoting our society. Madarin is soon to be made compulsory in UK schools! the chinese have made their language matter and since expansion is based on monetary terms, the english have caught up, after alot of resistance! ARE WE GOING TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED? DEFINE OUR OWN PATHS? OR ARE WE MOVING TOWARDS LOSS OF IDENTITY with views of adopting other african languages, in addition to the english, french, etc??
Kamya Lukoda You are who you think you are DUC IN ALTUM

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