A good friend is not amused by the fact that African language is not included in most appliance that we buy and asked me to post this on my blog. This is a fact that most of us have ignored.
What is that ? Is there really an African language? I doubt.
It was only yesterday that I finally realised that there may be nothing like an African language. Have you bought some sort of appliance or tool or machine that has some sort of user guideline, instructions or safety guides? Do you realise the languages into which these rule or guides are interpreted. Do you see any African language there? Why is this so? The answer is simple. Wait I tell you what I say yesterday.
I bought a UPS (Uninterrupted Power System something like that). This garget is very vital in our homes and small offices because it protects other electrical appliances such as fridges, computer, TVs, radios etc that we use at homes and offices. That is what I bought. The appliance was wrapped well from the manufacturer (not African country; I doubt).Included in the wrapper was a well written user safety guide. Well written in the sense that the pages were in the following languages; English, French, Japanese,Maryar,Chinese,Norsk,Deutsch,portugues,Svenska,Ukrane,Italiano,Bahasa Indonesia,Nederlands,Cesky,Espanol,Polski,Turkce,and the last one I could not know. Twelve languages in total and nothing, absolutely nothing from Africa. Nearly all of these are from Europe and Asia.
Three possible answers;
1. Africans don’t have a language.
2. Safety is not necessary for African
3. This item was not meant for Africans.
I can’t believe this! They are selling to use things whose safety is not in our language (African language). Why not even put Swahili which is widely spoken in African.
Oh mama Africa for how long will you be exploited and abused.