The Default Currency for Nigeria is divisive

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The Default Currency for Nigeria is divisive

Good morning everyone,

Recently, I tried to configure locale and Currency settings in
Libreoffice 6.2 to reflect my nationality.  I ended up with mixed-
feelings.  I was happy to see that the developers/designers considered
Nigeria.  However, the currency tag or short-description there
presented only one tribe in the multilingual country.  Nigerians are
sensitive to issues suggesting that one tribe has national privileges
over the rest.  Which is why an entry (currency) bearing "NGN
<currency-symbol> Hausa (Nigeria)" is bad marketing for Nigeria.

Nigeria has three major tribes (with associated languages) namely:
Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.  To avoid conflict between these tribes (and
others), vendors tend to present their product messages using the
national Language (English). Otherwise, all major languages will be
represented.

I suggest that the LibreOffice team should consider replacing the word
"Hausa" on that entry with "English" or provide entries for other
tribes as well.  This issue bothers on the Currency symbol and its
associated tag and not about Language settings.

I hope my observation is not convoluted

Regards
Onyeibo


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Italo Vignoli-5 Italo Vignoli-5
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Hi Onyeibo,

Thanks for the information. I think we have inherited the choice from
OpenOffice, and we have never updated it (because we miss people like
you able to help us in understanding local specificities).

I have forwarded your message to the people in charge of software
development, as the choice is hard coded into the program and we need
some tweaks to apply the change.

Thanks and best regards, Italo

On 22/02/2019 02:37, Onyeibo Oku wrote:

> Good morning everyone,
>
> Recently, I tried to configure locale and Currency settings in
> Libreoffice 6.2 to reflect my nationality.  I ended up with mixed-
> feelings.  I was happy to see that the developers/designers considered
> Nigeria.  However, the currency tag or short-description there
> presented only one tribe in the multilingual country.  Nigerians are
> sensitive to issues suggesting that one tribe has national privileges
> over the rest.  Which is why an entry (currency) bearing "NGN
> <currency-symbol> Hausa (Nigeria)" is bad marketing for Nigeria.
>
> Nigeria has three major tribes (with associated languages) namely:
> Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.  To avoid conflict between these tribes (and
> others), vendors tend to present their product messages using the
> national Language (English). Otherwise, all major languages will be
> represented.
>
> I suggest that the LibreOffice team should consider replacing the word
> "Hausa" on that entry with "English" or provide entries for other
> tribes as well.  This issue bothers on the Currency symbol and its
> associated tag and not about Language settings.
>
> I hope my observation is not convoluted


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Onyeibo highlights an important issue which I'm sure might never have occurred to many of us, whether in the context of LO or anything else. There are many countries around the world where the "nation" does not define the lowest level of cultural or linguistic sub-division. Even in Europe there is Switzerland as an example.

Perhaps everyone contributing to LO should be asked to consider their own country/region to see if there are similar local issues which LO could address better.

Nige

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From: Onyeibo Oku <[hidden email]>
Sent: 22 February 2019 01:37
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Subject: [libreoffice-marketing] The Default Currency for Nigeria is divisive

Good morning everyone,

Recently, I tried to configure locale and Currency settings in
Libreoffice 6.2 to reflect my nationality.  I ended up with mixed-
feelings.  I was happy to see that the developers/designers considered
Nigeria.  However, the currency tag or short-description there
presented only one tribe in the multilingual country.  Nigerians are
sensitive to issues suggesting that one tribe has national privileges
over the rest.  Which is why an entry (currency) bearing "NGN
<currency-symbol> Hausa (Nigeria)" is bad marketing for Nigeria.

Nigeria has three major tribes (with associated languages) namely:
Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.  To avoid conflict between these tribes (and
others), vendors tend to present their product messages using the
national Language (English). Otherwise, all major languages will be
represented.

I suggest that the LibreOffice team should consider replacing the word
"Hausa" on that entry with "English" or provide entries for other
tribes as well.  This issue bothers on the Currency symbol and its
associated tag and not about Language settings.

I hope my observation is not convoluted

Regards
Onyeibo


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Re: The Default Currency for Nigeria is divisive

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Hi Onyeibo,

Le 22/02/2019 à 02:37, Onyeibo Oku a écrit :

> Good morning everyone,
>
> Recently, I tried to configure locale and Currency settings in
> Libreoffice 6.2 to reflect my nationality.  I ended up with mixed-
> feelings.  I was happy to see that the developers/designers considered
> Nigeria.  However, the currency tag or short-description there
> presented only one tribe in the multilingual country.  Nigerians are
> sensitive to issues suggesting that one tribe has national privileges
> over the rest.  Which is why an entry (currency) bearing "NGN
> <currency-symbol> Hausa (Nigeria)" is bad marketing for Nigeria.
>
> Nigeria has three major tribes (with associated languages) namely:
> Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.  To avoid conflict between these tribes (and
> others), vendors tend to present their product messages using the
> national Language (English). Otherwise, all major languages will be
> represented.
>
> I suggest that the LibreOffice team should consider replacing the word
> "Hausa" on that entry with "English" or provide entries for other
> tribes as well.  This issue bothers on the Currency symbol and its
> associated tag and not about Language settings.
>
> I hope my observation is not convoluted

Thanks a lot for your feedback. As you know the product is driven by the
community and most of the time implementation is done upon interest by
members. And as Italo said, it is inherited from OOo because we miss
people like you to prevent such issues. I guess the best way to solve it
is to implement the two other tribes that are not represented. Would you
like to help us in doing so? If yes, drop me a private mail and I'll
follow-up with you.

Kind regards
Sophie

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