Written By Damilola Faustino
Nigeria is rich with a plethora of cultures, food and importantly, languages. However, many of us stick with only our native language, not bothering to diversify; and that’s for those of us who can even speak it at all. This is perhaps because English is our lingua franca. But there are so many benefits of speaking multiple Nigerian languages. Check these out:
You will have more job opportunities
There are certain jobs you cannot apply for if you cannot speak these three languages. And you know that these jobs come with fantastic salaries and bonuses. For example, you cannot work for BBC Hausa, if you cannot speak Hausa whether you are a veteran broadcaster or not.
Improve your competitiveness
Speaking a second or third traditional language makes your curriculum vitae stand out and can boost you to the top of the interview list with potential employers. You are very competitive.
Can earn more money.
The financial returns of learning an extra Nigerian language can help you earn more money. You can freelance as a translator thus making more quids on the side.
Get to try on different personalities
You cannot be pigeonholed if you speak these languages. Hence, You can easily shift from one personality to another depending on which language you and your friends are speaking. You will have an all-rounded personality.
Opens up social and cultural opportunities
Speaking another language allows you to interact with different people and understand the perks of other cultures. This means that you have better chances to make friends, explore different ways of life and be able to blend with different lifestyles.
Being multilingual in traditional languages can improve your brain functions like the ability to focus attention and perform mental tasks. Thus, people who speak more than one Nigerian language can process information more efficiently.