CELEBRITY GIST: Veteran Nollywood legend Pete Edochie who is famous for his role as ‘Okonkwo‘ in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, has aired his views on how the Igbos (ndi Igbo) are showing less pride in speaking their native language.
Speaking in an interview with Ugwumba Television, he lamented that if the Igbos shy away from speaking their language, it will eventually die.
These were his own words:
“Igbos are no longer proudly speaking their language. If you ask somebody a question in Igbo, they will reply in English and English don’t even suit their mouth. If we keep running away from our language, it will die.” – PETE EDOCHIE
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The actor who has a deep love for his language and culture also made mention of African Magic Igbo and how he spoke Igbo language without adding an English word when the channel was launched.
“Now they gave us African Magic Igbo. They came to me and asked me what to call it and asked where to launch it. I told them to come to Enugu, the eastern capital. I spoke on the night of the launch for a long time without adding any english word. And there are few people in Nigeria that speaks english as well as i do because i studied English and was trained by BBC.” – PETE EDOCHIE
What do you think about the Igbos not proudly speaking their language?
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