Oxford University Gets First Igbo Language Lecturer


A Nigerian, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Umeonyirioha, has been inducted as the first Igbo language lecturer at the University of Oxford in England.

Established in 1096 and situated in Oxford, Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Umeonyirioha announced the development via his Twitter handle.

He is a Sino-Nigeria Relations & Language expert, writer and translations director.

His induction took place on Friday while his first class is to hold on February 24.

Umeonyirioha expressed gratitude over the development, promising to bring Igbo language and culture to global limelight.

He tweeted: “It is official that I am the first official Igbo Language lecturer at the number one university in the world, the University of Oxford,” he wrote.

“Our induction happened today by Marion Sadoux, Head of Modern Language Programmes, University of Oxford Language Centre.

“This became possible in the account of the James Currey Society. This is the first time 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 make the Igbo language and culture known to the world.

“First class starts next week Thursday, 3-4 pm, on 12 Woodstock Road.”

The Nation

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