Using mother tongue in art, music: VP Chiwenga

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The Chronicle

Leonard Ncube at Victoria Falls
VICE President Constantino Chiwenga has implored Zimbabweans to use their mother tongue in art and music to jealously guard indigenous languages ​​and protect national identity.

Speaking at the National Languages ​​Indaba in Victoria Falls on Wednesday, Vice President Chiwenga said traditional clothing, music and food can be used to safeguard our culture.

He said the country recently celebrated Culture Month when the indigenous knowledge systems that shape who we are as a people were showcased.

Vice President Chiwenga lamented the wide use of the English language to the detriment of local indigenous languages ​​and said Zimbabweans should be able to express themselves in their mother tongue in order to realize their true identity.

“As a nation, we are making great strides towards recognizing our local languages ​​as a means of asserting ourselves and preserving our cultural values. We commemorated our Culture Month in May and took advantage of our diverse culture to look back to where we came from.

“We spoke in our native languages, cooked and ate our rich and nutritious traditional foods. Let us follow in these footsteps and appreciate the use of our indigenous languages ​​to express the full story of our traditional heritage,” Vice President Chiwenga said.

Imbube Ubuntu Bomundu Group

The Imbube Ubuntu Bomuntu group from Victoria Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Secondary School Choir entertained the delegates by showcasing traditional culture through music.

The Second Republic recently introduced the national costume to evoke a sense of pride among citizens and preserve national identity.

The inaugural conference on languages ​​in the country comes as plans are underway to develop a national language policy that will require the equal use of all indigenous languages.

President Mnangagwa

President Mnangagwa officially opened the indaba, which started on Tuesday and ended yesterday, under the theme:

“Redefining the role of Zimbabwean languages ​​for national development towards Vision 2030 and beyond”. – @ncubeleon

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