Narciso Sipaco Ribala, a graduate in International Journalism, and current Plenipotentiary Minister, has presented his new book “Learn Southern Bube”, in the library at the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre, in Malabo, on the evening of 9th December. The work is intended as a manual which will help to preserve and promote the use of the Bube language among natives and foreigners.
“A language on the road to disappearance”, was how Narciso Sipaco Ribala described Southern Bube, during the presentation of his book. The author reported that the language has approximately 40,000 speakers on the island of Bioko, with two major variants; the Northern and the Southern.
Bube is considered to be one of the oldest languages in Africa, which lost ground among its speakers for various reasons; colonisation, the co-existence with Nigerians in the implementation of Pidgin English, and the difficulties in communication between the Bube speakers, as the Northern version differs from the Southern. From there a tendency towards Spanish and Pidgin among the natives on the island, which were adopted as common languages, spoken among the people and for daily communication, relegated Bube to a secondary role.
Sipaco Ribala is the author of various books, such as “Speak Southern Bube in 60 days” (2013) and “Laboratory for international, public and diplomatic relations” (2014), published in Cuba.
His new work, published by Ediciones Loynaz, brings the knowledge, practice and spreading of the mother tongue of the island of Bioko that much closer.
Text: Jorge-Abeso Ndong Nneme (CCEG Communications Department)
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office
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