…as UniZik VC describes language as greatest asset of a nation
Anambra State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu has criticized the policy of schools depriving students joy of speaking their language by making them pay fines or serve punishment if they spoke in classroom.
He listed three ways of learning a language, namely speaking it at home, in school and reading texts on the language.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of Asusu Igbo na Egwu Odinana, the Pet Project of 6th Ada Anaocha 2023, Odogwu pledged to partner with 6th Ada Anaocha 2023 in her PET PROJECT titled Asusu Igbo na Egwu Odinana, if approached in that regards.
He underscored the need to encourage other aspects of Nigeria’s culture aside language like etiquette, delicacy, dress code and good moral to mention but a few.
Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone encouraged participants drawn from schools in Anaocha to learn Igbo, describing language as greatest asset of a nation.
Esimone, represented by Director Center For Arts, Culture And Humanities, Prof. Nkechinyere Nwokoye, spoke on salient nature of Igbo language and its characteristics, illustrating feats the institution has recorded under Esimone across the globe via Igbo language and her Directorate.
Earlier, the 6th Ada Anaocha 2023, Queen Chinagozim Eziuzo insisted that
“Igbo language is a characteristic of igbo tribe. We should learn and know it so that it won’t go into extinction”.
She spoke passionately about her project of enhancing Igbo language and culture, even as she asked for assistance of all on projecting the igbo language and culture.
She further proposed an Igbo language and culture competition among all secondary schools in Anaocha LGA, of which she would issue mouth watering prizes to the first three winners.
She appealed for support from everyone to ensure she carries out her project to fruition before the end of her tenure.
General Manager, Ada Anaocha Organization, Cosmas Okwudili, disclosed that the project was founded in 2018 and has completed so many projects till this year and feels happy when the 6th Ada Anaocha 2023 made her project a unique one by focusing on Igbo language and culture.
He said: ” I acknowledge the keynote speaker and Anambra state Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, PhD for his lecture and others for honouring the event.
A popular nollywood actor Nze Stephen Anajemba aka Uwaezuoke, who stole the show was in company of the Senatorial candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), for Anambra Central Senatorial zone, Princess Barr Helen Mbakwe.
Mbakwe wants the students to always abide by rules and regulations for a better Nigeria.
Uwaezuoke caused an uproar as the students were astonished and excited as well to see him. He encouraged the project and advised everyone to cherish Igbo language and culture.
Other schools aside the host school, Lorreto Secondary school were in attendance including Flora Azikiwe Secondary school, Burbendoff Secondary School Obeledu, Community secondary schools Obeledu, Akwaeze, Adazi-Enu, Adazi-Ani, Ichida, Neni and others.
Among dignitaries at the event included Senator Uche Ekwunife representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone in the senate, Mrs Gloria Nkiru Obeleagu, Principal Obeledu Community Secondary School & Chairperson All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) Anaocha Chapter;
Chief Ben Onugbolu, Ichie Okenwa
Chairman Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anaocha Chapter.
Others were HOS Quality Assurance Anaocha, Mrs Ikejiofor Emelda and
Officer In Charge Anaocha Education Authority, who insisted teachers and school administratora should guide the students to ensure they enter for Igbo language in the external exams as many do not include the subject in external exams.
Others were Mrs Obunadike MaryRose as well as Principal Loretto Special Science School, Adazi Nnukwu, Lady Eugenia Okafor.