By Ozioruva Aliu
THE Oba of Benin, His Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has commended a team of researchers, who undertook a study into the use and promotion of the Edo language, which has made counting to infinity possible.
Oba Ewuare II made this known when researchers at the Centre for Edo Studies at the Benson Idahosa University (BIU), paid him a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin City where they informed him about the development of the learning modules, which was championed by researchers from the university with the support of their counterpart in University of Benin, UNIBEN.
Addressing the Oba, the Vice Chancellor of BIU, Prof. Sam Guobadia, said they were inspired by Oba Ewuare II, who charged Edo people across the world to speak Edo language in his 2016 Coronation speech.
Guobadia said: “We wish to state categorically that this innovation was inspired by your coronation speech. In that speech, you charged all Benin men and women to learn how to speak Edo language.
“The effort of this breakthrough started five years ago, with the composition of the Centre’s Board, made up of eminent scholars. We are ready to share the outcome of the research work with the public as, we can now count up to infinity.”
Also speaking, chairman, Technical Committee, Centre for Edo studies, Benson Idahosa University, Dr. Orhue Isibor, paid tributes to late renowned scholars and researchers in Edo language for charting a pathway.