BOOK PRODUCTION AND THE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST LANGUAGE LITERACY MATERIALS IN
MFON E. ETUK
UNIVERSITY 0F CALABAR LIBRARY
(WIVERSITY OF CALABAR
Multilingualism is a common phenomenon in Nigeria. The Nigerian youths of today are sometimes confused as to whether to speak pidgin English, the mother tongue or a combination of his mother tongue and another indigenous or foreign language. This should not surprise anybody for in a country having about 250 ethnic groups and 480 linguistic groups, according to Adegbite (1991) and Obute (l 991), the child or youth has the freedom of choice as to which indigenous language or languages to speak. The problem however, lies in the fact that not much of the indigenous languages have been put in print and there are no literacy materials to encourage the youth to learn to read, write and understand the language This is the crux of the language problem in Nigeria.