People of Igbo extraction have been tasked to strive harder to ensure that the language and the tradition of the people do not go into extinct.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Anambra State, Chief Greg Obi, who stated this at a forum in Awka, said language is the key in every culture and plays important role in the survival and future of a people.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Nwabuonu Ogbaji, the commissioner called on Ndigbo to forge a united front in the drive to promote Igbo language and culture.

While commending Anambra State government for making speaking of Igbo language compulsory on Wednesdays, he advocated the use of Igbo language in sermons by churches and religious organizations in Igbo land.


Speaking at the event, the founder Otu Subakwa Igbo Nigeria, Professor Pita Ejiofor, commended the state government for championing the cause of Igbo language and culture in the state and country in general and urged Ndigbo to wake up to the fact that Igbo language and culture are seriously threatened.

Ejiofor encouraged Ndigbo to speak and write central Igbo which is taught in schools; while using local dialets in their respective village activities.

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The Coordinator of Chinese Language and Culture, Federal Polythenic Oko, Mrs. Christy Okoye, appealed on parents and teachers to start early enough to teach their wards the mother tongue.

The HOD Planning, Research and Statistics, Pastor Mrs Grace Ginikanwa and Mr. Christian Isika, commended the success of the event and called on Ndigbo to continue to promote Igbo culture and tradition.

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