We are encouraged by the current efforts of NdiIgbo the world over to wake up to the stark reality facing us as a people. Some may not recognize it, but we are slowly but surely withering away as a people. Some may even argue that we are not sliding slowly, but barreling down the precipice towards a fatal plunge into the abyss. Which is why we are beckoning on all of us to pull together to reverse this ugly trend.
CIAC IS COMMITTED TO:-
- PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING INTEREST IN IGBO LANGUAGE
- INSTITUTING PROGRAMMES FOR REVIVING, PROMOTING AND SUSTAINING IGBO CULTURE AND VALUES.
- UNDERTAKING RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION ON IGBO TRADITIONS, INSTITUTIONS, CUSTOMS AND VALUES.
- PROVIDING STATE-OF-THE-ART INFORMATION CENTRE ON IGBO HISTORY, ARCHIVES, KNOWLEDGE, ARTS PROVIDING STATE-OF-THE-ART INFORMATION CENTRE ON IGBO HISTORY, ARCHIVES, KNOWLEDGE, ARTS AND ESSENCEAND ESSENCE
PROFILE OF SIR DR. J.K OKOYE, KSS, KSM
Sir, Dr. J.K Okoye was born at Obeledu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria.
He attended Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools, namely, St. Paul’s Obeledu and St. Andrew Adazi Nnukwu both in Anaocha L.G.A, C.I.C. Enugu and C.K.C Onitsha (Higher School) before his University education in the U.S.A where he earned the B.Sc (1965), M.Sc (1966), and Ph.D (1970) degrees in Engineering.
REPORT OF CIAC PRESS CONFERENCE ON BEFORE OUR LANGUAGE DIES
Venue: 42 Tunis Street Wuse Zone 6, Abuja
Date: 23rd February, 2017
The Press Conference commenced at 10:18 am with the arrival of two Igbo leaders, Eze Njoku Innocent (Ochigbo Gwagwalada, unit 2) and Ochigbo Dominic C. (Eze Igbo Kuje) who represented Eze Igbo of Abuja, and press crew from Authority newspaper, Sun newspaper, Daily Newswatch, Wazobia Fm and Vision 92.1 Fm who were ushered in by CIAC Admin Manager, Mr. Atueyi Ifeanyi while Engr. Edward Ihemebiri on behalf of The Chairman of Center for Igbo Arts & Culture, (CIAC), Ezeani Sir Dr J. Kanayo Okoye, thanked the Igbo leaders and gentlemen of the press for deeming it fit to be part of the event. He reminded participants that the conference was necessary to commemorate the international mother’s language day celebrated on every 21st of February.READ MORE
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ABOUT CENTRE FOR IGBO ARTS AND CULTURE (CIAC) ABUJA
The Centre for Igbo Arts and Culture (CIAC), is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization established and headquartered at Abuja.
It was registered in 2008 with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Company Allied Matters Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the primary purpose of strengthening the art and culture of the Igbo race, protecting the language as well as coordinating efforts towards documenting, promoting and sustaining Igbo arts, culture and essence.
CIAC was born out of necessity in the face of the challenges before us and the yearning for a system and coordinated centre that would contribute towards the promotion and preservation of our arts, culture and essence, in the face of UNESCO’s recent prediction that the Igbo Language, and with it the Igbo Identity, would become extinct within the next 50 years if nothing is done to reverse their current rate of depreciation.
Within the few years of its establishment, CIAC has taken steps towards actualizing its set objectives. Among other achievements, it has:
- Established a kick-off office in Abuja known as the “Igbo Centre” with full time staff for its operation.
- Assembled Igbo arts, crafts and sculptures in an “Igbo Arts Gallery” which our children visit to have a feel of their roots and cultural identity.
- Assembled books and publications on Igbo origin, History, Culture and Economy as part of effort to have a rich Igbo Library, as well as aid and support researchers on the Igbo.
ODINALA MAGAZINE PROJECT
Further to its struggle for the strengthening and growth of our language in our homes, offices, and schools, CIAC, in December, 2010, commenced bi-annual publication of ODINALA, the first bi-lingual English/Igbo Resource Magazine to showcase Igbo arts, culture, and essence, as well as foster the learning of the language
The ODINALA publication, which some have described as an avenue towards eternalizing Igbo language and culture, covers various aspects of Igbo life including their language, culture, traditions, heritage, foods, sports and achievements. It is also a useful handbook for NdiIgbo in general and our Diaspora kith and kin, in particular. The Center has already published four editions of the magazine and is organizing the 5th Edition to be released in December 2012.
In line with our recommendations, CIAC, in association with F.C.T Igbo Language Teachers Association (ILTA), Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Secondary Education Board (SEB), and Education Resource Centre (ERC), organized, in 2010, the first edition of Igbo Language Students Competition and Lecture, Abuja.
The event which spanned five days was a huge success with no less than 36 schools in the F.C.T competing for honours in Igbo essays, debate and quiz. Prizes awarded to the best performing students and schools included scholarships, Igbo computer keyboards and software, Igbo dictionaries, recommended Igbo textbooks as well as cash awards, among others. More than 500 students were in attendance for the competition and lecture series. Indeed, it was a period Abuja stood still for the Igbo language.