The Anniversary – Modern Igbo is 40

This month, the modern Igbo language is 40 years. In 1978, renowned Igbo scholars like Prof F.C. Ogbalu called the first Igbo Convention. They laid the foundation for Igbo Izugbe (the General Igbo). Over the years, they simplified the writing of Igbo. With Prof Tony Ubesie & others, they built on previous efforts, transforming the elements from A B Gb to A B Ch in Igbo alphabets.  I enjoyed Ubesie’s classics like “Isi akwu dara nala” and “Ukwa ruo oge ya”. As a village boy that came to Owerri (Imo State Nigeria) for university education, I used to camp to listen … Continue reading The Anniversary – Modern Igbo is 40