“The United Nations say that the Igbo Language could become extinct… we say, not on our watch”
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, THAT GOES TO HIS HEART”- Nelson Mandela
Igbo is one of the four official languages of Nigeria and is a member of the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. It is spoken by about 20 million people in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Despite this fact the Igbo language instead of gaining communication height in the hierarchy of languages is currently moving in the downward trend in the comity of human languages is drawing increasing consign amongst individuals and scholars within the Igbo nation and beyond.
“Following the prediction by the United Nations. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Advisory Committee on Language Pluralism and Multi-language Education that Igbo language and by implication, culture, may be heading for extinction, and subsumed by other stronger Nigerian languages by 2025, if nothing is done, by its speakers to ensure that it is notonly taught in schools, colleges and universities, but also used as language of official communications withingovernment and business circles in the five Igbo-speaking states-Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo-theprayers, this time around, seemed to have changed from that of (language) height gain to long life” (Abanobi,2012:27). It should be noted that the extension of the link between Igbo language and Igbo culture is rooted on thefact that “language is the handmaid of culture, the two are inseparable” (Baldeh, 1991:3)”- For full report please click here. http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/DCS/article/viewFile/2934/2972
In a nutshell the UN has openly said that the Igbo language will become instinct by 2025 because it is not being invested in or protected by its people not only in Nigeria but in the rest of the world. And this was something we had to act on quickly.
The 20th September 2010 was one of the most significant dates in the history of ICSN. This was the day we launched our highly anticipated Igbo Language School.
We initially offered 20 students the opportunity to learn the basics of the Igbo language, taught by the prominent teacher Maazi Godson Echebima, who also taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies. The classes were also supported by Father Chikwendu Anyanwu, Onyenkuzi Victoria Nwankwo and Father Basil Nze due to their informative and entertaining teaching styles.
I can’t speak Igbo [well]= A’naghi’m a sú Igbo [ọfuma]
(Pronounced AH na yim AH sue EEG-BOW [AW-FOO-MAH])
Perhaps you are tired of only knowing the very very basics of the language (‘kedu’,’o di mma’, etc) or maybe you know the language but want to improve your writing, reading. Whatever your reasons are, the ICSN Igbo School is here and is ready to push forward your understanding
The interest in our language school has been so overwhelming, that we now offer a variety of courses across different ability levels.
Language School Cost:
The cost of the ICSN Language School 10 week program is £150 (£135 for non-members) which at first might seem expensive but when you actually break it down its as cheap as £15 per class. This is really an investment into your future.
If this is something that appeals to you, please email email@example.com to register your interest.
Bethnal Student Academy,
12 Bishops Way
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Date and Times:
Saturday 28th May 2016 till Saturday 30th July 2016
Beginners Course Start Time: 10.30am -12.30pm every Saturday for 10 weeks
Intermediate Course Start Time: 10.30pm -12.30pm every Saturday for 10 weeks
By Public Transport:
Underground Station- Bethnal Green (Central Line)-8 minute walk to venue 0.4mile
Overground Station- Cambridge Heath- 2 minute walk to venue. 0.1mile
Postcode: E2 9HB