By Dapo Akinrefron
AN Igbo socio-cultural group, Igboekulie, yesterday, said it was partnering West African Examinations Council, WAEC, in the selection of winning candidates and schools that will be rewarded as the best Nigerian students in Igbo language, in an event slated for Enugu on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
It said in a statement that the proposed annual event, tagged ‘Asusu Igbo Amaka’ (Igbo language is very good), will be rotated among the five South-East states and two South-South states of Rivers and Delta, even as the best host state will also be honoured during the award events.
The statement signed by chairman, Planning Committee, Prof. Chibueze Jiburum, and Secretary, Planning Committee, Mr. Mecha Udo, said the candidates, who will be rewarded in this first edition, will be determined by their performance in the last WAEC conducted examinations in Igbo language held in June this year.
It added that the prizes shall be awarded at the ‘Asusu Igbo Amaka’ ceremony that will hold at the Main Hall of the College of Immaculate Conception, CIC, on Amaigbo Lane in Enugu, Enugu State.
According to the statement, this year’s award ceremony shall feature the following: A public lecture on the need to promote and preserve the Igbo Language, entitled: “Language: An indispensable tool in keeping a culture vibrant,” presentation of Awards of Excellence in Igbo Language to students, teachers and schools as adjudged by WAEC; rendition of lots of Igbo songs, recitation of Igbo poems and proverbs and display of Igbo culture and tradition.
The statement further said that many prominent Igbo sons and daughters and other Nigerians are expected to grace the occasion that will be ably chaired by the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Ebonyi State and former Deputy Governor, Prof Chigozie Ogbu, while the Executive Governor of Enugu State His Excellency, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is expected to grace the occasion as the Special Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the upcoming event, President of the association, Prince Ben Onuora, said Igboekulie has decided to add its voice to the clamour for the restoration of the pride and dignity of the Igbo people within the Nigerian nation and the world at large, by promoting its language and culture.
“This is in keeping with one of association’s objectives that recommend the promotion of Igbo cultural values and excellence in educational pursuits.”