Home / CULTURE & SOCIETY / Igbo language school opens in Frankfurt
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe is perhaps the most popular and renowned novel that deals with the Igbo and their traditional life / Photo courtesy of JRB

Igbo language school opens in Frankfurt

In a bid to promote African languages in the diaspora, an organisation will open a school where children can learn Igbo in the German city of Frankfurt. Igbo is the language of the Igbo people, one of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Founded by the Christian Igbo Professionals Network (CIPN), the official opening ceremony of the Igbo Language School Frankfurt will take place on 20 January 2018.

“The Igbo Language School Frankfurt Germany was conceived to teach Igbo language to Igbo children in Germany as well as to other interested persons, and to promote friendship amongst cultures,” the CIPN said in a press statement signed by Engr Stanley Okoli and Mr Che Chidi Chukwumerije, Chairman and Secretary respectively of the organisation.

Igbo alphabet and pronunciation (Igbo Ọ́nwụ́)

“The Opening Ceremony of the Igbo Language School Frankfurt will be an opportunity to familiarize you with our vision, and present our mission and school plan in the upcoming period.”

The CIPN believes that children of African descent born and bred in the diaspora should be afforded the opportunity to learn the mother tongue of their parents. The language, they believe, is the window to their culture of origin.

The Igbo language, a member of the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages, has approximately 24 million speakers in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Igbo is written in the Latin script, which was introduced by British colonialists. // SJ

Opening Ceremony of the Igbo Language School Frankfurt
Date: Saturday 20th Jan 2018, 12pm
Venue: Saalbau Niederrad (Clubraum 2), Goldsteinstraße 33, 60528 Frankfurt am Main
For information/enquiries: Igbo.christiannetwork@gmail.com and +491731652099

Check Also

“Africa has taken back its right” – Remembering Chinua Achebe

Africa’s literary giant Chinua Achebe died aged 82 on 21 March 2013. In celebration of …