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Monday, 11 September 2017

OPINION: A CASE FOR AN ANNUAL OBOLO DAY BY Bar. SAMUEL AYASUK

Bar. Samuel Ayasuk


PROUDLY OBOLO! PROTECT, PROMOTE AND PROJECT YOUR LINGUISTIC HERITAGE:
A CASE FOR AN ANNUAL OBOLO DAY.

The Obolo ethnic group is arguably, one of the oldest ethnic groups to settle in the Niger Delta area. Their language, said to be eponymously derived from the founder of the tribe, Obolo
himself, the son of D'oni, has survived the ages by transfer from generation to generation with some obvious etymological influences from neigbouring tribes which have served to enrich the lexicon and vocabulary of the Obolo Language over the ages. The Obolo people also have a system of writing in symbols called 'Nsibidi'.
 However, the Obolo language is suffering a major setback in our time and generation. This is worrisome because if this trend continues, over a couple more generations, the Obolo Language would become endangered and subsequently extinct. This is how the extinct and endangered languages of the world today first started. Let us speak and write Obolo Language fluently whenever the opportunity arises. Let us do same to our children and succeeding generation. If, as many now do, our children could only understand but can not speak the Obolo Language, when our generation passes away, they could no longer speak it to their own offsprings and there would be no one to speak it to them that only understand but can not speak. Be proud of your linguistic heritage. Everything in the universe is designed and programmed for a reason. From the spiralling galactic constellations to the DNA in every cell: even abstract things like complexions and languages are not different.

I hereby also make a  very strong case that the Obolo Ethnic Nationality also chooses a day to celebrate the Obolo National heritage and perpetuate the consciousness of the plausible aspects of Obolo culture, including our language. Our lost links such as the Kala-Ido people of today in Kalabari still feel their original affinity to the Obolo people. The basic rue of most of them now is their inability to speak the Obolo Language; otherwise, they are well aware of their root-THE OBOLO ETHNIC NATIONALITY!

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