The Vernacularization of African Languages after Independence
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The vernacularization of ethnolinguistic languages in Africa has continued since independence despite the belief that vernacularization was solely a tool of colonialists. African elites are using the same arguments that the colonialists used to promote English, French or Portuguese as the national language such as wider usage and better for trading across borders. However, this vernacularization of African languages also serves to limit political participation, and therefore power, to those who are educated in the dominant language, disempowering the majority of Africans.