Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an Abuja-based NGO has urged parents to intensify efforts in speaking vernacular to their children as a way of checkmating acculturation and cultural heritage.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the group, Ms May Ikokwu, made the call in an interview with the newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ikokwu said that regular use of mother tongue in the interaction of parents with their children was paramount in checkmating the excesses of acculturation.
She explained that “acculturation, which simply means assimilation to a foreign culture or values need to be checked with speaking of the native language.
“For example, as an Igbo person, it is my duty to always promote the language by speaking it to the younger ones so that they can sustain it.”
The SOHI boss emphasised the need to speak local and African languages in homes as key to bequeathing it to the younger generation.
She described language as the first identity of human beings, which must be preserved and guarded jealously.
According to her, anybody without knowledge of mother tongue is like one without identity.
Ikokwu reiterated the essence of the native language among younger ones for a greater and culturally rich future.
She explained that the mother tongue was laced with folktales, idioms and proverbs that were required in molding characters and inculcating discipline in the younger generation.
He, however, expressed belief that vernacular had the capacity to dignify a person even in the evolving cultural erosion.