I will address myself to the question of native African languages especially in states where those languages have persisted the colonial brainwashing of our peoples using the premise that whatever is African is inferior and unGodly!
many Africans think that a national leader has to speak a European language in order to lead his poeple or deal with foreign leaders. Such people are very un-informed. There are many presidents in different parts of the world notably in Asia and South America who speak no english or French. When they encounter western leaders they speak through an interpreter. I have seen western presidents or leaders respect foreign leaders who do not speak English or French.
Because African do not respect or honor our Africaness, we are despised by foreign western leaders and their peoples. Amongst African nations western leaders respect Ghanaians and Nigerians more than the rest and why is this so? because the peoples of Ghana and Nigera do not wear neckties, western coats and pants. They wear their traditioanl dresses. African peoples in other African countries need to consider changing their attires when visiting western nations. It is a question of adopting national attires well fashioned and tailored.
The british teased and espised Mahatma Gandhi when he flew to London wearing his loincloth. But Gandhi outsmarted them by fighting for his national political independence. Today this day, Gandhi is very highly respected and honored as an international stateman and hero.
Africans- we need to transfrom our national or African image to the international community first by respecting our native languages. Decades ago, I wrote articles in the Ugandan local papers about this matter. I gave examples of why India, China, North Korea and Japan have been able to develop their own techinology and science. They basically teach sceince and technology, medicine and engineering as well as you name it, all in their native languages.
There have never been a nation that thinks and teaches in a foreign language that has developed to the optimal creativity of it peoples. Hence one of the reasons why Africa has lagged behind in scientific and technological inventions and developments is because we teach and think in foreign languages. This stunts or stifles our natural creative potential. It is a sceintific fact that westerner will never reveal to Africans.
I explained that Africa needs to change her educational academic curriculum to begin teaching all elementary classes in native languages where possible- there must be a starting point towards tranformation. This is what Africa, Uganda needs to do. if we are to reach our optimum creative potentil. Then we need to identify our super-gifted children and help educreate but not teach them.
There are two ways of identifying these children; by making them your companion from an early age and observing them in every possible way and manner. Of course you must be knowledgeable of this subject. The other method is by applying esoteric scientific means, using astrology and numeroloy to identify them. Without these children and a special program for them, African will remain importing technology. Yet even up to this day, the US and other developed nations have special programs supporting creative or inventive citizens in their borders. Every day new inventions are made.
I wrote a paper on this subject and gave it to the Commissioner for Education in Kampala and I gave a copy to Hon Francis Babu when he was in the education ministry but they mistook it for special education which is about retarded children. Up to this day nothing has ever done aabout this matter.
I fully support the idea of nationalizing at least four major native languages in Uganda; one from the Four regions of Uganda; Luganda, RRRR, Luo and Iteso. If these languages are taught in schools there will be a positive difference in the consciousness of our peoples within ten years from today. Our view of each other will shift to a better and higher perspective. The citizens of Uganda based at Sseesamirembe gave this same suggestion to the Constitutional Draft Commission in the early years of Museveni’s regime. It was of course never adopted. But is nevertheless vital a step towards national unity and respect for one another.