Today, in Obehi Podcast we are going to be exploring the importance of African Languages and how to conserve them with Professor Desire Baloubi. There is no doubt that African languages are essential in conveying clearer messages and understandinganding among Africans than any foreign language. African languages are the clear windows to the culture and social life of African people. Claim Your List Of 10 African Books To Read.
Despite the importance and key role a language plays in the life and culture of a people, there are still many cases of neglect of African languages and ultimately allowing them to die off at a time.
Some Key Points In This Episode
During this conversation, we will be covering such things as:
- What is even a language?
- The importance of language to our cultural heritage,
- The real threat to African languages today,
- And how to better protect our languages from going extinct in the future.
The Full Interview With Professor Desire Baloubi
About The Guest – Professor Desire Baloubi
Dr. Desire Baloubi is a Tenured Full Professor of English and linguistics at Norfolk State University in Virginia, USA. Currently coordinating the General Education Communication-Public Speaking courses.
Chair of the Norfolk State University Department of English and Foreign Languages (ENFL) from August 2017 to June 2020.
Chair of the Department of Humanities at Shaw University, North Carolina, USA, from August 2009 to July 2017.
Select publications include:
- Co-editor of Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Palgrave Publishers, 2021.
- Encouraging Historically Black Colleges and Universities to teach African languages and cultures, in Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Palgrave, 2021.
- «Culture Prints in African languages» in African languages and literature, Adonis Publishers in UK, 2011
- Editor of The Africa we know: Reading and Writing across African and Libetal Studies, published in 2008.
- And the Morphophonemics of the Idaacha Dialect of Yoruba, published in 2005.
You can contact Professor Desire Baloubi on his LinkedIn page.
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