one of these challenges is practical simple common sense.

by this i mean, for example, which of the native Negroland Africa languages does one choose ?

if one looks at Negroland Africa i.e if one looks at
● Western Africa,
● Eastern Africa,
● Central Africa,
● Southern Africa
which is essentially the area/part of Africa below the Sahara Desert i.e sub-Saharan Africa

and at the languages spoken there as languages of government, administration, commerce, trade, finance, business, etc,
one finds that the major languages spoken include :
● english,
● french,
● portuguese and
●arabic.

french, english and portuguese are the native languages of the European peoples of France, England and Portugal all in Western Europe, Europe.

arabic is the native language of the Arab peoples of Northern Africa, Africa and the Middle East.

french is probably, geographically, the language spoken over the widest land mass area of Africa going by the number of countries in Africa that were formerly ruled by France i.e formerly colonies of France and upon which the French people imposed their own native french language.

it is followed in this regards by english and then perhaps by portuguese.

arabic is spoken over a wide range area because it is the language in which Islam i.e the Islamic religion is propagated, taught and practiced.
so every Muslim i.e every follower/adherent of the Islamic religion reads,understands and speaks? it as the Quoran ( i.e the Holy Book of the Islamic faith ) is written in arabic and one needs to be able to read and understand Arabic in order to read it.

english is more or less the world’s language for science, technology and administration and many people from countries other than Great Britain / United Kingdom e.g Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, etc ( all of which are also in Europe ) speak and write english in addition to their own native languages e.g German, Spanish, Italian, etc

thus, it is probably a contest between english, french and arabic as to which of them is spoken over the greatest land mass area of Negroland Africa.

among the native Negroland Africa languages themselves, hausa and swahili are probably the languages spoken over the widest land mass area.

hausa is spoken across a number of countries in Western Africa.
swahili is spoken across a number of countries in Eastern? Africa and Central? Africa.

taking all of this into cognizance, the vital question remains :

█ if one were to adopt a language as a lingua franca for Africa, which language would one choose and which languages would one drop ?

and in our own context here

█ if one were to adopt a native Negroland Africa language as a lingua franca for all Negroland Africa, which language would one choose and which languages would one drop ?

and then there is also the question of practicality and implementation :

█ how does one get the extremely high number of different tribes / ethnicities / ethnic groups across Negroland Africa ( all of whom more or less have their own individual distinct Negroland Africa language ) to accept and use the language of a tribe different from theirs i.e other than theirs as a language that they and everyone else will henceforth be speaking ?

and then there is the implied question :

if one says :
█ we don’t need the Negroland Africa people to accept the language we want them to speak.
● Belgium didn’t need the acceptance of the Congo people to make them speak french.
it imposed the language on the Congo people.
● the Dutch / Holland / Netherlands people who ruled the Republic of South Africa didn’t need the acceptance of the people of the Republic of South Africa to make them speak afrikaans and english.
they and the English/UK folks who dominated/ruled the Republic of South Africa at certain periods of world history imposed these languages on the Republic of South Africa people.

● so, we don’t need the Negroland Africa people to accept the language we want them to speak.
we are just going to choose one language and force it/impose it upon them.

how does one achieve it ? without the brutal life or death option methodology rumoured to have been used by the Europeans and Arabs when imposing the use of their own native languages ( french, english, arabic, portuguese, etc ) on the native Negroland Africa tribes ?

By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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