Tag: language

Op-ed EditorJanuary 15, 2018

Fisayo Soyombo: Are we really a shithole country?

by ‘Fisayo Soyombo   Are we one of the countries Donald Trump had in mind when he wondered why US lawmakers were ...

EzinneNovember 6, 2017

The Thread: How do you say “I love you” in your language? Here are 3 amazing ways

Language is such a beautiful thing, and love even more so, that the great Michael Jackson sang “love is magical”. ...

ItunuoluwaAugust 2, 2017

How to keep your vocabulary woke with these 7 words

It’s hard to go a week without a new word or phrase being born on Twitter. Regardless of your generation, ...

ItunuoluwaJuly 17, 2017

20 terribly annoying work phrases we all use

These euphemisms and catch phrases surfaced at work for a purpose —  to help people deal with certain issues that ...

EditorJune 26, 2017

How Buhari reportedly sidelined Nigerian diplomat by speaking Hausa to Ambassador-in-post in 1978

On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari released an audio message to Nigerian Muslims during the Eid Al-Fitr celebration. This will be ...

Op-ed EditorNovember 22, 2016

Language and communication: My journey through Lagos

by Solomon Osadolo I went grocery shopping this morning and had an interesting chat with the lady who owned the ...

Op-ed EditorOctober 28, 2016

Opinion: The truth about true identity

by Adebisi Adeyemi Nigerian parents proudly say these days and with all confidence too. “Oh! My child only speaks the ...

Mazi EmekaSeptember 2, 2016

Femi Fani-Kayode: Hausa language as a tool of conquest

by Femi Fani-Kayode In the northern part of Nigeria two vessels were used as vehicles for conquest by the Fulani: religion ...

Oreoluwa PetersAugust 6, 2016

Facebook now available in Hausa language

Popular social media platform, Facebook, with over 1.8 billion users worldwide is now available in Hausa language. To switch your ...

Kolapo OlapojuOctober 29, 2014

We bet this White lady can speak better Yoruba than most people (WATCH)

by Damilola Jagun There’s no excuse for any Yoruba person who can’t speak the language fluently, when a White person ...

SolaAugust 5, 2014

Why we must not trade our mother tongue [READ]

By Adedayo Ademuwagun   Language is an important part of any society and a principal component of a people’s culture. ...

August 4, 2014

Nigerian languages are dying | This is why

by Adedayo Ademuwagun Language is an important part of any society and a principal component of a people’s culture. It ...

May 14, 2014

Opinion: A sociolinguistic analysis of Patience Jonathan’s recent televised histrionics

by Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D It is true, of course, that Mrs. Jonathan’s spoken English falls short of even the ...

April 24, 2014

7 messages people receive from your body language

by Chelsie Beck  Tilting your head to one side is supposed to give you a different perspective, which you often ...

January 13, 2014

Terrible: This is exactly what a 2-year-old should NEVER do (WATCH)

by Tutu Akinlabi A video being circulated online has continued to cause outrage as it shows a boy of about ...

November 7, 2013

8 mistakes women make when trying to attract men

by Smitten Kitten Your body sometimes speaks a lot about yourself without you even talking. So, make sure you don’t ...

September 4, 2013

Temitope Isedowo: I envision a more united Nigeria (30 Days 30 Voices)

by Temitope Isedowo  “…but I keep asking myself if I did not notice this over-zealousness because my mind was prepared ...

June 22, 2013

Opinion: How language is being transformed by the way we type, rather than the way we speak

by Tom Chatfield The rise of social media has put “conversation without speech” at the centre of millions of lives ...

May 19, 2013

Short story: Losing my voice, by Chika Unigwe

by Chika Unigwe When I left Nigeria for Belgium, I made my husband’s home my own. But homesickness lodged like ...

May 15, 2013

Opinion: Dokubo-Asari’s aggression language and political posturing

by Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u One more lesson, when communicating a political message, dressing is an important component, and I was surprised ...

April 29, 2013

Opinion: ‘’Don’t speak Igbo in this house’’

by Ucheoma Onwutuebe The moment I eventually sat up in my grammar was when I turned ten and had to ...

March 27, 2013

Opinion: Who stole my tongue? Who told us green apples are better than mangoes?

by Chijioke Victor Uche It is hard, almost impossible for an Igbo person to make a complete sentence without at ...

March 11, 2013

Cheta Nwanze: Many Christians are wrong (Y! FrontPage)

A lot of people of other faiths may not accept that Jesus is the Son of God, but they do ...

March 8, 2013

Opinion: Why Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon should be stoned by all of us

by Nwilo Bura-Bari Vincent When you are an elected officer, representing a people, as a politician, every word you speak in ...

January 8, 2013

Understanding women 010: What she REALLY means when she says these things

by DFTM She wants you to know that other men are interested in her and that you should appreciate what ...

September 17, 2012

Opinion: A meandering Mandarin in Lagos

by Omoigbo We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves – Goethe I woke to the ‘momentous’ news earlier this week ...

August 15, 2012

Opinion: The 12 most cringe-worthy business phrases

by Marc Ensign To be honest with you, this article is literally filled with rocket science. But that’s just my ...

August 2, 2012

What does an “ambient replenishment controller” do? The rise of inflated job titles

by Colm O’Regan Surgeons want to protect their job title to prevent foot, cosmetic and, presumably, tree surgeons from using ...

July 30, 2012

Opinion: The risks of using asterisks in place of swearwords

by David Marsh Omitting letters can confuse. How is the poor reader expected to differentiate between b******* and b*******? “The ...

May 13, 2012

Funlayo Akinosi: I love the way my sound tells something about me (30 Days, 30 Voices)

  After all, when the Scandinavian big-mouth told me he ‘yenerally played shess’, my Yoruba tongue thought it was ‘tohtally ...

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