Nigerian born Adebunmi Adeniran, has designed a mobile keyboard that can be used to write-up to 12 indigenous Nigerian languages.
The keyboard developed by the United Kingdom based Nigerian comes with correct signs and tones to give instant meaning to the reader. The keyboard, named NAILANGS, was conceived as a result of her zeal to ensure that Nigerian local languages are learned withe ease so as to prevent the languages from going into extinction.
She said, “The concept for NAILANGS started out of the desire to find a good working and stress free Yoruba keyboard to type in as using the characters in “insert” mode was like living in the ice age!
She also expressed dissatisfaction at the rate at which Nigerians now use their dialect as a secondary language instead of it being a primary language. According to her, “coming back to Nigeria from the UK in the last one month has been an eye opener, while the children over there is itching to speak our languages, whether it is Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba, I find it very painful that I have come to Nigeria and the children are not being taught our own language.
The keyboard is currently available on the Android OS via the Google Play Store.