We Global Now –Citizen of the World


Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

Whether we know it or not, a time is coming when we may no longer be referred to as Ghanaian, Nigerian, Egyptian, South African, heck we may no longer be referred to as African. We will then be none as Earthlings or something of that sort. If you read that and chuckled, it means you are human because greatness amuses us in disbelief until it happens. I am not alien myself and as a result, I chuckled the first time this came up but after spotting the trends, its only logical to note that this is set to happen soon.



Let me highlight a few trends:

1. Growing interconnectedness: who would have thought that today you would seamlessly be in contact with friends and loved ones across the globe? Who would have thought you can be best friends with someone who isn’t from your country? In fact, there was a time that people of different race thought of each other as aliens because the knowledge of someone with a different skin colour was strange.

2. We speak one language: one prerequisite for a community is a generally accepted language. In becoming a global community the world has adopted its own generally accepted language which is Technology. It breaks down the language barrier and allows you to connect easily.

3. Developing Local concepts with global mindset: because we see ourselves as part of something beyond our locality, we ceaselessly develop concepts locally to deliver global impacts e.g the fight against global warming, the war against terrorism, aids, malaria, polio, poverty etc.

4. Implementation of Global policies: a Kenyan will not be affected laws made in Botswana because their laws have boundaries. As global citizens, global laws are boundless and are expected to be upheld through-out the globe.

5. Global Events and awards Recognition: now artists are becoming the more creative as they know that their works, whether art, music, movies and so on, are being monitored globally due to the inclusion of global awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize, Grammy Award, Oscar Awards and so much more.

6. Mergers: global powerhouses/business have begun to merge in order to consolidate efforts to deliver global impacts e.g Shazam and Apple

The world is developing a global culture and everyone everywhere is awakening to the fact that they are part of something bigger than themselves or their locality; they are part of the world. This is why when there is a disaster somewhere in the world everyone rises to offer some level of aid and support because we are all connected.

One day you will no longer have passport with your country’s seal, you will have passport that grants you access to the world.

Are you a Global Citizen? Just TINK about it for a minute

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

British media powerhouse, BBC yesterday launched an online portal that will deliver its expressions in Pidgin English. The new media expression will disperse content through text news, features and podcasts. This is an exciting news for many across Africa and this is why.

Pidgin English, the now popular informal lingua franca of Nigeria has grown into a strong and highly accepted medium of communication across Nigeria into west and central Africa. The language originated from Portuguese speakers who came into West Africa during the colonial era.  Since its birth, Pidgin English has evolved, from being a medium of communication for uneducated, impoverished and lower class communicators who were not literate enough to express themselves in proper English Language to a popular and accepted language. Though still informal, Pidgin English cuts across class, age, tribe, borders and cultures.

Read More

Typing in Tongues


Communication in the modern world is slowly moving far away from just speaking and listening. With the advent of social media and other multiple digital expressions, communication has gone digital. Language as a medium in communication drives messages closer to the receiver, the closer language is to home, the easier it is to comprehend. This was what drove a United Kingdom based Nigerian, Adebunmi Adeniran to develop a keyboard that lets the user write in at least 12 Nigerian languages, with correct signs and tones. Nigerian languages are not available on most generic keyboard options. Staying away from home, Adebunmi needed to communicate with other Nigerians back at home Using the English language keyboard limits the meaning to most chats. With a lack of the appropriate signs and tone, context becomes the reader’s guide. Knowing how dangerous this might be to meaning and understanding, Adebunmi birthed NAILANGS.

According to her, NAILANGS, was conceived in line with her passion in Languages. In her own bid to ensure that Nigerian local languages are learned with ease and saved from extinction she took up research on how best to deliver NAILANGS.

 “The concept for NAILANGS started out of the desire to find a good working and stress free Yoruba keyboard to type in as using the characters in 'insert' mode was like living in the ice age!” she said in a interview

Continuing she highlighted that “With NAILANGS keyboard, there is no need to switch from one computer to another because once it is downloaded, one is able to type in English and it can be made a bilingual due to the nature of Nigerians who mostly speak more than a language. With the key, one is able to type the three official languages, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba and other six recognised languages which are Efik, Idoma, Hausa/Fulani, Tiv, among others.

Adeniran’s passion for languages is evident as she studied Russian Language at the University of Lagos, along with minors in the Italian, Yoruba and English Languages. She is fluent in English, Yoruba and Russian, can speak some Italian and is currently learning to speak Portuguese.

Adebunmi Adeniran / Photo via Ventures Africa

Adebunmi Adeniran / Photo via Ventures Africa

The NAILANGS keyboard is available for download on most app download outlets like Google Playstore, iOS store, Window (Desktop) etc. Adeniran is giving a future to Nigerian languages while tackling the present issue of possible extinction. She hopes the keyboard would incorporate translation technology in the nearest future.