The Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State,  Prof..Sunday Oge Elom has urged the people of the southeast geopolitical zone of the country to preserve the  Igbo culture, language and heritage as it is their collective duty to safeguard what is theirs.

Speaking at an event organized by Iruka Centre – The Centre for the study of the Future of Igbo, Alex  Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike in collaboration with Igbo Wikimedia,  Professor Elom, said he was happy with the exposure the programme would give the staff and students of the University in the area of  Igbo language, literature, culture and heritage.

VC Rep, Prof. Augustine Ibegbu speaking at the event

Continuing, the Vice-Chancellor, who.was represented  by the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Prof.  Augustine  Ibegbu said Iruka Center has done a lot in promoting the  Igbo culture, and  encouraged them to do more as there is still a lot of work to be done in that regard.

He further encouraged the people of the Southeast region especially students of tertiary  institutions to be proud of their culture by speaking Igbo language anywhere they find themselves as  that is a sure-way to preserve the language.

Earlier while making her opening remarks, the Director of the Iruka Centre, Dr Anne Onyinye Nwankwo said the programme was the second to be held in the institution, adding that it was to  strengthen the stake of Igbo culture and language in the world as it is the core identity of the Igbo people.

Dr Anne Nwankwo speaking at the event


Still speaking at the event with the theme, “How to Contribute to and Use Wikipedia/ Wikimedia Projects towards Preserving and promoting Igbo Language and Culture Digitally”,  Dr. Nwankwo said that the website was created to encourage and teach students other ways of  learning the Igbo language,  stressing that interesting events and educational articles are also uploaded on the website so that people around the world could easily have access to any information of their choice about the Igbo nation.

VC Rep., Prof Augustine Ibegbu in.a group picture with the Director of Iruka Centre, Dr. Anne Nwankwo and students’ Igwe-in-Council at the event

Concluding, She  thanked the Vice-Chancellor for providing enabling environment to make sure the event was successful, which  shows his interest in making sure the  Igbo culture and language survive.

She further encouraged students to make good use of the opportunity the website avails to upload helpful and educational articles on Igbo culture as possible in order to promote the culture around the globe.

Facilitator, Mr Okechukwu Ogbannaya delivering his lecture


The Wikimedia Facilitator,  Mr Okechukwu Ogbonnaya while speaking at the event  said that Wikipedia is a project to build free encyclopidias in all languages of the world, adding that, virtually anyone with internet access is free to contribute  neutral  information, noting that the prevailing objective of the site is to introduce Wikimedia projects to more Igbo people that are literate in Igbo language at any level, and encouraged the Igbo people that are literate in Igbo language to become contributors,  even as he stated  that Wikipedia is one of the biggest platforms to share and preserve information in the world.

He concluded by teaching students how to translate on Igbo Wikipedia using the content translation tool, “”.

Group picture of participants at the event