The Igbo language will be taught for the first time on February 24 at the University of Oxford, England, as they have appointed a Nigerian, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Umeonyirioha, as their first Igbo language teacher.
Umeonyirioha announced the news in a post via his Twitter account on Thursday evening, noting that it was the first time the language would be taught at the university.
Umeonyirioha is committed to bringing the Igbo language and culture to the world, while expressing appreciation for the opportunity.
Umeonyirioha also said his induction as a lecturer took place on Friday while his first class was scheduled to take place on February 24.
His tweet reads: “It is official that I am the first official teacher of the Igbo language at the first university in the world, the University of Oxford”.
“Our initiation took place today (Friday) by Marion Sadoux, Head of Modern Languages Programmes, University of Oxford Language Centre.”
“It became possible in the narrative of the James Currey Society. This is the first time that 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 bring the Igbo language and culture to the world.
“The first class starts next week Thursday, 3-4pm, at 12 Woodstock Road.”
The University of Oxford is a leading institution in the UK and one of the best universities in the world.
It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and has produced a wide range of notable alumni, including 28 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and many Heads of State and Government from around the world. (The Niche)