Nigeria is a multi-ethnic nation with 521 languages, divided into major and minor. Hausa, Igbo, and Yorùbá are considered the “major languages,” but the irony is that they are not used in international or local development discourse.
Today there are some 7000 languages on our planet, spoken by a plethora of peoples in a huge number of cities and villages and in a menagerie of different cultures. But that number is expected to decline rapidly in the next few decades. What is lost when language dies?