I, Adéwàlé Ṣobọ́wàlé, support Nigerian Indigenous Language Movement (NILM)

In this computerized world, to actualize the objective of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Movement (NILM), we must be able to type in indigenous languages on all social media platforms, and I mean using correct alphabets and tonal marks, after all, our indigenous languages are tonal by nature. We need a keyboard that includes all alphabets and tonal marks for typing in our indigenous languages. Luckily for us in Nigeria, there is now one such keyboard called Shift² Keyboard and is available for both Android and iOS smartphones. Now I have no excuse, but to make sure that in supporting the Nigerian Indigenous Language Movement (NILM), I use correct alphabets and tonal marks when typing in my local language.

The great Nigerian Keyboard for Smartphones is called Shift² Keyboard – Nigeria for typing in any of 250+ Nigerian Indigenous Languages including English, French, and Spanish. I agree with the creators of this Shift² Keyboard that the technology has found a way to make “multi-language typing as easy as multi-language speaking.”

According to the Company, the Shift² Keyboard Technology design added a new shift key (“Shift²”)that makes it possible to access extended characters, combining tonal marks such as accents, sub-dots, and other symbols directly during regular typing.The Company further stated that whether you’re typing in English, French(Français), or any of the many written Nigerian languages such as Hausa, Ìgbò,Yorùbá, Ebira, Ẹ̀dó, Fulfulde (Fula), Ibibio, Efịk, Ijọ, Kanuri, Urhobo, Nupe,Igala, Idoma, Isekiri, Ebira, Anaang, Isoko, Kalabari, Geomai, Dghweɗe,Kun-Ɓíilé and Tiv, just to name a few, you simply type. Adding tonal marks to alphabets is exactly how you write, said the company. (https://www.234keyboard.com)

Nigeria is a country of about 170 million people, with between 250 and 400 native languages and dialects. These languages largely fall into three main global language groups, Afro- Asiatic, Chadic, and Niger-Congo.All the native languages are typed using Latin scripts. Nigeria is officially an English-speaking country, but Nigerians have not abandoned their native languages, in fact, Nigerians continue to use their native languages in all naming conventions, indeed we Nigerians live and work in our indigenous language and culture and we’re very proud to showcase it.

Will you join me in supporting Nigerian Indigenous Language Movement?

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