Nigerian man, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Umeonyirioha has been inducted as the first Igbo language lecturer at the University of Oxford in England.
Oxford University Gets First Igbo Language Lecturer
Umeonyirioha announced the development via his Twitter page on Thursday, February 18, 2022, saying his induction took place on Friday while his first class is to hold on February 24.
Noting that it was the first time that the Igbo language would be taught at Oxford University, the Nigerian man expressed gratitude for the opportunity, vowing to make the language and culture “known to the world.”
He wrote, “It is official that I am the first official Igbo Language lecturer at the number one university in the world, the University of Oxford,” he wrote.
“Our induction happened today by Marion Sadoux, Head of Modern Language Programmes, University of Oxford Language Centre.
“This became possible in the account of the James Currey Society. This is the first time the Igbo language will be taught at the university. History has been made.
“I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity. I promise to make the Igbo language and culture known to the world. First class starts next week Thursday, 3-4 pm, on 12 Woodstock Road.”
This became possible in account of the James Currey Society. This is the first time Igbo language will be taught at the university. History has been made.
I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity. I promise to make the Igbo language and culture known to the world.
— Emmanuel Ikechukwu Umeonyirioha (@lordibmbomb) February 18, 2022
KanyiDaily had also published a video showing the moment a group of choristers made up of white men and women were singing Catholic hymns fluently in Igbo language.