ABOUT THE IGBO TEACHER

Chidi IgweDr. Igwe was born in Nigeria and trained in Canada. With an MA in French Linguistics from the University of Regina, and PhD in Applied Linguistics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, he is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina (Canada), where he’s been teaching since June of 2007.

His first book titled Taking Back Nigeria from 419 was published in 2007. In addition to his love for academics, Dr. Igwe is a passionate servant of the people. He has served in different organisations such as the Nigerian Association of Nova Scotia. Dr. Igwe has also served on several city and provincial boards such as the Board of Directors of the Provincial Organisation for Heritage Languages and the Multilingual Association of Regina.

Dr. Igwe is also very passionate about saving the Nigerian indigenous languages from extinction. He has a number of scholarly articles and conference papers in the field of language endangerment and preservation. He is the founder of the Igbo Language and Cultural School Online, and founder and Chief Editor of the Igbo Radio. Dr. Igwe is also the founder and Managing Editor of the Sask Magazine of African Arts and Culture.

He is an International Correspondent to Voice of Nigeria, Lagos.

Dr. Igwe currently pursues a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip Laws) and Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of London, UK.

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ANIMATED IGBO CARTOONS PROJECT

Igbo, a language of over thirty million native speakers living predominantly in South-Eastern Nigeria, and which, due to immigration, now has a significant native-speaker representation in North America, is categorized as an endangered language due to sociolinguistic factors resulting in decreasing native-speaker competence. In North America and everywhere else where Igbo is spoken, modern professional families often have neither time nor the knowledge of the oral traditions to transfer to their children. We are stepping in to provide an avenue for the Igbo child/family to learn language, values, customs, ethics, etc., through media contents such as video lessons, cartoons and folktales.

This collaborative and interdisciplinary project focuses on preserving the Igbo language, which, according to the UNESCO and endangered language scholars, will be extinct in 50 years. This website is designed to be a Learning Management System, and an online language centre where adults can access video lessons and animations; young learners, cartoons and animated videos; and parents, cartoons and language tools to teach Igbo to their children.