France wants more Nigerians to learn French Language




France wants more Nigerians to learn French Language


By Victor Asije

Lagos, Jan. 23, 2019 (NNN) A former Deputy Head of the Nigerian Mission in
Paris, Amb. Benedict Adejinle, said on Wednesday that President Emmanuel
Macron of France earnestly wants more Nigerians to be able to communicate in
the French language.

Adejinle told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos that President
Macron had always emphasised the importance of the French language in
promoting relations between Nigerians and the French people.

“We have realised that language has always been a problem in any relationship.

“During my tenure as the Deputy Head of the Nigerian Mission in Paris,
President Macron had always encouraged us to encourage more Nigerians
to learn to speak the French language.

“It is important for more Nigerians to speak the French language, so as to
increase their chances of interacting freely with the French people in
either doing business or studying,’’ he said.

Adejinle, who retired last year, said that there would be huge
opportunities for Nigerians in France if more Nigerians learn to
communicate in the language.

He also expressed optimism that more Nigerian students would have the
opportunities to study in different French universities and colleges.

The former deputy Head of Mission said that of the 30,000 Nigerians in
France as at last year, 1,200 were students.

“When we look at the number of international students in different
French universities and colleges, we only have few Nigerians in these

“It is very important for young Nigerians to key into the interest of
President Macron in making more Nigerians communicate in the French

“I strongly believe that for anybody to be part of any society, the
person must learn to speak the language of that society,’’ he
added. (NNN)
(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)

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