SWAHILI FOR THE EAST, GUOSA FOR THE WEST AFRICA
By Alex Guosa Igbineweka
The colonial lingua franca monopoly of the indigenous independent Nigeria and the West African nations did not only destabilize and destroy the socio-political and industrial strategies of the countries; it raised data or questions which borders on the basis for cohesion, comprehension, industrial and technological revolution and the unity in such diversity because language plays a unifying role in the beginning, development, beliefs, and customs of any group of people.
The need for an evolved indigenous zonal lingua franca for Nigeria and the Economic Communities of the West African States (ECOWAS) cannot be over emphasized. Experts have pointed out that most people think in the language of their mother land, and that when they speak other languages of no identical parameters to their ethnicity they engaged in transliteration and endless hurdles before the main issues at hand. Language is a means by which words or expressions find meaning and is put into use. Basically, it is used as a means of giving out information, thoughts, skills, ideas, reasoning and ensures receipt of same from varied sources within and without. Above all, language is love, unity, knowledge, and knowledge is POWER to the people, from the people and by the people.
Like the Swahili lingua-franca for the East African zone, so is the Guosa language for the Economic Community of West Africa or the west regional countries of Africa. In the very beginning I evolved or created the Guosa language as an authentic traditional unified lingua franca for Nigeria. As time went by, I press harder in my self imposed applied scientific linguistic research and evolution and later found out that what is good for the goose was equally great for the gander hence I expanded my vision to cover other west African zonal lingua franca.
There are currently about 500 different ethnic languages, dialects and fractional tongues in Nigeria according to the Linguistics associations of Nigeria and about twice this number in other West African countries. The Guosa Language evolution covered at least 150 of these divers tongues, with developing rules and grammars for the evolution and integration of all other West African languages, dialects and cultures. The language is made up of scientifically inspired detailed units of the different ethnic languages and cultures in West Africa, so that in the future, the West African Regional Countries of Africa should be able to take their positive stand in the communities of zonal lingua franca nations of the world, such as the East Africa, the North Africa, Europe, America, Asia and so on.