Oxford University Appoints First Igbo Language Lecturer.
Emmanuel Ikechukwu Umeonyirioha has been appointed as the University of Oxford’s first Igbo Language lecturer.
On Thursday night, Umeonyirioha announced the news on Twitter, noting that it was the first time the language will be taught at the institution.
The speaker expressed thanks for the chance and promised to make the language and culture “known across the world.”
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.
“Our induction happened today by Marion Sadoux, Head of Modern Language Programmes, University of Oxford Language Centre.
“This became possible in account of the James Currey Society. This is the first time 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.”
Announcing his first class for the subject, the lecturer added, “First class starts next week Thursday, 3-4pm, on 12 Woodstock Road.”