Igbo Renaissance: Anambra to float Igbo radio station, mandate students to wear traditional attire

PIC 24. FROM LEFT: CHAIRMAN, FC IFEANYI UBAH, CHIEF IFEANYI UBAH; GOV WILLIE 

OBIANO OF ANAMBRA AND CHIEF TONY NNACHETA, DURING THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO IFEANYI UBAH INTERNATIONAL STADIUM IN NNEWI ON WEDNESDAY (16/3/16). 

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PIC 24. FROM LEFT: CHAIRMAN, FC IFEANYI UBAH, CHIEF IFEANYI UBAH; GOV WILLIE OBIANO OF ANAMBRA AND CHIEF TONY NNACHETA, DURING THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO IFEANYI UBAH INTERNATIONAL STADIUM IN NNEWI ON WEDNESDAY (16/3/16). 2341/16/3/2016/PATRICK/HB/ICE/NAN

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Tuesday said he would float a radio station that would broadcast its programmes in Igbo language.

He made this known during a public event organised by an Igbo cultural society known as “Otu suwakwa Igbo’’ headed by former Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Pita Ejioforon.

The governor said “this is my contribution toward preventing the Igbo language from going into extinction.”

Mr. Obiano expressed dismay at the failure of parents to teach their children the Igbo language and culture.

He added that henceforth, pupils in the state would wear Igbo traditional attire to school every Wednesday.

According to him, folklore will be taught to primary school children every Wednesday evening.

The governor said that the Igbo folklore he learnt while growing up had helped in shaping his behaviour and guided his relationship with other people till date.

“Igbo folklore is powerful in building morals and values. I can’t forget my late primary school teacher and the way he used Igbo folklore to teach us great lessons.

“Even as a governor, those stories about the tortoise and other animals still guide my life.”

He assured the Igbo cultural society that the state government would strengthen the law that would make it mandatory for all to communicate in Igbo language and wear traditional attire on Wednesdays.

Former National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh, described language and religion as the true identities of a people.

He said “we should not allow Igbo language to die as predicted. For me, I have Igbo odour and I smell Igbo; my red cap is my joy as an Igbo man.”

In her remarks, Stella Onuorah, the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, appealed to the Igbo in the Diaspora to strive to teach their children the language and inculcate in them the cultural values.

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  • emmanuel anizoba

    Which Igbo language are we talking about? We have Igbo Dialects, but no Igbo language yet! Our famous Igbo-Izugbe is dead on arrival for not being spoken by any Igbo subgroup or community. Prof Chinua Achebe’s 1999 Odenigbo Lecture was very clear on the futility of foisting the Igbo-Izugbe contraption on the Igbo. Let’s wake up and stop beating about the bush, playing the eternal script of our colonial masters. Provide your email and get a free copy of Prof Achebe’s 1999 Odenigbo Lecture, for your instruction. I teach my mother-tongue Awka-Igbo, not Igbo-Izugbe, to my children. Ask our Ohanaeze whether they have ever held any of their meetings in any Igbo dialect, not to talk of Igbo-Izugbe. Any language thrives by being spoken, otherwise it will die like Latin died. Cheers!