THE AFLANG PROJECT – A CAMPAIGN AIMED AT CREATING A SERIES OF APPS THAT AIM TO CONSERVE AFRICAN LANGUAGES

My name is  Philip Akoda, i was born in Calabar, a city in modern-day Nigeria and currently, a second year student of Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Essex, U.K. At my leisure, I enjoy reading a wide variety of books from history to politics and I enjoy travelling.

I will be working with my partner, Odiso Edim, a full-time developer who is well- versed in Java, C programming, HTML and CSS, and who has created apps for bloggers and business people alike.

We will also be working with various professors who are native speakers of the target languages and who are resident in the regions where these languages are spoken.

Together, we aim to produce authentic written and spoken forms of each of the target languages for our project.

I am raising £5000 to create a series of apps that will teach tourists and Africans living in the diaspora the indigenous languages of several African countries while, at the same time, reviving and preserving these dying languages.

These apps will, therefore, heighten the experiences of tourists travelling to these countries as well as encourage multilingualism, thus, bringing together people of various cultures.

Growing up in Calabar, I learnt my native language, Efik from my mother and grandmother. This was because they would speak it very often and I would listen to them—most times, unconsciously.

However, by virtue of my paternal origin, I am also of Edo-Benin descent (Edo is a Nigerian state about 400km away from Calabar), but except for its cultures and traditions which I learnt from books, I have no knowledge of the Benin language. This lack of knowledge has, sadly, limited my relationship with the Benin people because in the words of Nelson Mandela, “if you talk to a [person] in a language he [or she] understands, that goes to his [or her] head. If you talk to him [or her] in his [or her] language, that goes to his [or her] heart”.

Consequently, this app, in a way, gives me the chance to make up for my estranged relationship with my people—on my dad’s side, by giving others, especially little children, the opportunity to reach the hearts of their own people, both of maternal and paternal origins.

Furthermore, in the city of Calabar, the second oldest handwriting in Africa, Nsibidi, was practiced for more than a millennium. Regrettably, it died a slow death and only fragments of it were preserved. Thankfully, my mother, being a historian and a travel enthusiast, has instilled in me a love and appreciation of various cultures, and has taught me the importance of preserving history such as the Nsibidi handwriting.

I am therefore determined to ensure that other languages and cultures do not suffer the same fate as that of this ancient writing.

Overall, the successful launch and completion of our project, however ordinary it seems, will help to accomplish three milestones in the pursuit for global unity:

1.      By enhancing people’s love for and connection to their languages, people and cultures, the app will help to reduce emigration from the African continent;

2.      It will lead to a return of estranged, but enlightened indigenes who, through an authentic understanding of and passionate love for their native tongue and culture, will aid in the development of their respective countries and in the alleviation of all forms of poverty; and

3.      By encouraging people to learn other languages besides their own and thus, fostering understanding between people of different languages, religions and backgrounds, the app will also help to reduce incidence of conflict in form of ethnic wars or disagreement.

The money raised will be used primarily for transportation to and from the target countries, accommodation on arrival as well as the purchase of quality recording equipment. If fully sufficient, the money will also go into advertising as I intend to start a campaign that will create awareness for every language that we successfully record.

This is an extensive project so this year, I intend to focus on 4 languages between march and september: Twi, Yoruba, Swahili, Oromo.

It will be challenging but with your help, we can make it happen and fight the menace of extinction.

We successfully completed our first target language,Efik, a language spoken in Southern Nigeria. We had several difficulties, some of which that had to be taken into consideration was audio quality.

The money you will be donating will go into proper studio equipments as well as travelling expenses to reach out to this areas, and rescue these languages.

The link for the project is http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-aflang-project

Please support us and share our project to everyone you know via

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, Email, Telephone, or any medium at all.

 

efik

 

For more info, contact Philip by email   philipakoda@yahoo.co.uk   or ring   +447599013600.

 

VISIT THE LINK TO DONATE – http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-aflang-project

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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