Colonial Devaluation of Igala People's Language and Culture: A Case for Decoloniality of Nigerian Cultures


  • Joseph Igono, PhD Department of French, Federal University of Lafia


Igala, Language, Culture, Decoloniality, Devaluation


Though Igala ethnic group is situated in the interior part of Nigeria, the
permeation of colonial attitude at this indigenous ethnic level create the
perception where every values and cultures promoted by westerners are
considered excellent and helpful to Africans and necessitated the abandonment
or near total devaluation of their culture.Using decoloniality as a theoretical
standpoint, the paper explains how the contacts of the Igala ethnic nationality
with the colonizers devalue their language and culture and continues to create
dual identities in the people. The conclusion was that historical colonial and
linguistic conditions still exist and are being facilitated to foster neocolonial
policies and mentality which in turn are beckon upon to perpetuate the
glorification of European languages and cultures at the expense of indigenous
ones. The paper therefore, recommends that effort at decolonizing the local
culture and language ought to be intensified. There is also an urgent need to
reshape the attitude of the Igala people to revalorize their language and culture.


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