Nigerian man publishes physics textbook in Igbo language

Nigerian man publishes physics textbook in Igbo language

Ghazali Ibrahim

A Nigerian man, Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro has published the first ever physics textbook written entirely in Igbo language.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday announcing his feat, Okoro shared that he conceived the ambitious project to preserve the Igbo language.

“Over the years, I have read so many threats facing the Igbo and how it will go extinct. This motivated me to embark on this project that seemed unattainable, for science subjects to be taught in Igbo. I started from Physics. I said I would do it, and I DID IT”, he said.

According to him, anyone without a formal education can pick up the book and understand the intricacies of physics.

Okoro’s Igbo physics textbook is the latest in the attempts by scholars and academics to translate science textbooks to local Nigerian languages. The idea is to promote mother-tongue-based education

In 2018, Taofeeq Adebayo, a PhD student in linguistics at Tulane University, and his collaborators translated a science textbook from English to Yoruba.


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