IGBOS HAVE BEAT YORUBAS TO THIS ONE! -E BI IYANJU OMO IGBO! -YORUBA RUNU!-ALL AFRICAN LANGUAGES MUST HAVE LAWS LIKE THIS TO KEEP THEIR LANGUAGES FROM DYING AS THEY ARE NOW!

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Nigeria: Igbo Language Law Debuts in Anambra
By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, 7 June 2010

Onitsha ā€” Principals of secondary schools in Anambra State who promote pupils from Junior Secondary School III (JSS III) to Senior Secondary School I (SSS I) without the pupils passing Igbo language are to be removed from their positions and fined N5,000, for each of the pupils so promoted.

Also, any state or privately owned tertiary institution in the state which is found not to have established an Igbo language department or made Igbo language a mandatory general studies course by September, 2011 shall pay a fine of N100,000 for every month in which the offence continues.

These are some of the punishments prescribed by the newly enacted law, which is cited as Igbo Language Enforcement Law, 2010, which came into force on May 11, 2010.

It would be recalled that Governor Peter Obi signed the Bill into Law on the day he launched Suwakwa Igbo (speak Igbo) designed to enhance wide usage of Igbo language to save it from extinction.

At the public signing of the Bill into Law Obi also announced the stoppage of corporal punishment to students who speak Igbo in schools in the state and announced that Igbo Language would henceforth be compulsory in all the categories of educational institution in the state just as English and Mathematics are.

Among other things, the law prescribes that Igbo language as a subject must be passed by an Igbo student before he can be promoted from JSS III to SSS I in all secondary schools in the state; every state or privately owned tertiary institution in the state must establish an Independent department of Igbo language a mandatory general studies course in the institution and that any state or privately owned tertiary institution within the state and which is found not to have established an Igbo language department, or made Igbo language a mandatory general studies course in accordance with the provisions of the relevant sections by September, shall be liable to a fine of N100,000 for every month in which the offence continues.

Also, a head of the relevant department who finds a staff of that department dressed in Western attire in contravention of the provisions of a particular section of the law shall send that staff home to change into an Igbo traditional attire.

Also, from the commencement of the law, every Wednesday in every week shall be observed as Igbo day. That means that every staff of the state public service shall dress in Igbo traditional attire and all businesses and transactions in all offices and departments of the public service, including proceedings in the legislative chamber shall be conducted in the language.

However, the law excludes some professional bodies like judicial officers and nurses which are bound by the law.

The explanatory note of the law states that it is meant to ensure and enforce such level of fluency and vibrancy in the usage of Igbo language as befits its status as one of the three officially recognized indigenous languages of Nigeria pursuant to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 such that the language will once more be proudly spoken and written by Ndigbo in Nigeria and the Diaspora, and used for broadcasts in reputable international media.

Recently, Governor Obi also promised to build Chief Chiedozie Ogbalu Igbo Language School that will cost the government N50.5 million for specialized and holiday programmes in Igbo.

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3 Responses to “IGBOS HAVE BEAT YORUBAS TO THIS ONE! -E BI IYANJU OMO IGBO! -YORUBA RUNU!-ALL AFRICAN LANGUAGES MUST HAVE LAWS LIKE THIS TO KEEP THEIR LANGUAGES FROM DYING AS THEY ARE NOW!”

  1. TENNERSON KEITH FOX Says:

    It is the Right of the AFRICAN to reclaim every thing that was taken away from AFRICA. However, Africa would be best UNITED with a common Language in AFRICA. Everything the Europeans did in their corrupted colonial Dispensation was to Destroy the African Race. If you Banned the Teachings of Euro-Centric Religion there shall be more Peace in AFRICA.

    When your Scholars can identify with a Blue Black Krishna and a Blue Black Muhammad, who were only but servants of Allah. Then JESUS body which is buried under the Earth shall resurrect in all your African Children.

    Language can Build Culture and equally with out good Translators for other people Languages can create Generations of Wars.

    The greatest challenge for the African Scholars is how to produce a great NATION going 1step forward and 2 steps back ward. For their is nothing in the future for the present AFRICAN GENERATIONS but pain. This was designed for you when they enslaved you and took away your GOD. However, if the AFRICAN scholars can go back using Mathematics and science then GLORY would once again be established in AFRICA.

    The destination of the world was designed for the Greatness of the AFRICAN but Euro-centric indoctrination has created a world of Misery for Materialism with out Spiritualism is worse than Religion with out Science, for with that culture brings Greed and Corruption which leads to Murder and Rape and then a breakdown of society.

    The AFRICAN race evolved out of Spirituality. Hence we have Adam and Eve.

    Adam: Represents the Spiritual World
    Eve : Represents the Material

    For there to be Balance in the UNIVERSE there must be a marriage between Adam & Eve.

    Plant trees in your Lands and create forests parallel to your urban development and mix the trees among your Buildings and protect all rivers and streams from decay.

    I AM THAT I AM.

  2. Bola Ar Says:

    I greatly commend the Igbos for taking this decision for the full revival and the recovery of their Afrikan language and their preparation to discard the English alien language which is meant for the AngloSaxon race and people, not Afrikan people.

  3. Phillipa Says:

    I am a Kenyan Woman and I am quite impressed by this. It is a rather tough law but implementation is the key. We need to preserve our African languages. In Kenya learning Kiswahili is a must for everyone and this has enabled ALL Kenyans to communicate with each other irrespective of where they come from. While this may be good, the younger generations are not learning their mother tongues. We need a tough policy like the Ibo people.

    I like the comments by Tinnerson Keith FOX above…I am because you are….UBUNTU….or being HUMAN. A trully African concept which we grew up with. Africans need to reclaim their environment, grow trees and guard all sources of water. Use orgonites to increase the lifeforce around African homes. Go to www,orgoniseafrica.com.

    Phillipa

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