Let all languages be elevated
IN THE current language debate one finds Afrikaans-speaking people are fighting for their mother tongue while speakers of other African languages are, surprisingly, fighting for English!
Why “surprisingly”? If one really wants to dig up old graves: Britain was the biggest coloniser of all time, which means English is the language of the biggest oppressor in history.
Afrikaans, which means “language of Africa”, developed spontaneously over centuries. Today it is arguably the most academically and technically advanced of all indigenous African languages. I have a dream that the other official languages be elevated to the same academic level as Afrikaans, educating people in their mother tongue. Is this achievable? As they say, “Where there is a will there is a way.”