n African Renaissance - Editorial

Volume 13, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


It is a known fact that, with the end of the decolonisation and the migrations that followed, twenty-first century western societies have become increasingly multicultural. The proportion of their population that is plurilingual (able to communicate, to varying degrees, in several languages) and pluricultural (has experience of several cultures and is able to take part in intercultural interaction) is on the rise, partly due to long-term international migrants, defined by the United Nations as persons "who move to a country other than that of [their] usual residence for a period of at least a year (12 months), so that the country of destination effectively becomes [their] new country of usual residence." 1 In June 2016, the two bigger contingents of immigrants from West Africa in the UK were from Nigeria (9,000) and Ghana, with the Nigerian diaspora in Britain being probably the largest in Europe. In 2009 already, according to the Office for national statistics, there were approximately 154,000 Nigerians in the UK. Migrants from francophone African countries, the two Congos in particular, have also settled in Britain. In this context, the role that languages and cultures play in relation to one's sense of self,appears more complex to grasp than ever.

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