Joseph Odo Agbo, Benson Kayode Okundare


It may not be far from truth to argue that there is a proportional relationship between the human mind and his language. Hence, man often perceives societal issues from the perspective of the language he speaks. Understandably, Nigeria is a multilingual society where people from different ethno-nationalities are expected to view national issues from the perspective of their language backgrounds. It is a truism that Nigerian image has been dented by the negative use of language in the mass media, video films, music novels etc. However, government has also made various decisive efforts to change this ugly trend. This advocacy article therefore explored the various measures taken by the Nigeria government down to the latest effort known of the present government of war against fake news. The negative effects of wrong choice of words on Nigeria were highlighted and some useful suggestions at curbing the negative trend. Also, how to sustain the various programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to turn around the image of Nigeria and Nigerians for the better was also analyzed.


language, Nigeria, positive image

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