US Community Group Offers On-Line Lessons In Ibbibio Language
A U.S. based Nigerian Community Development and Socio-Cultural Group, Nka Ima Ndito Nsit Attai, North America, Inc. (NINNANA) has started an on-line basic instruction course in Ibibio-Efik, Nigeria’s fourth most widely spoken native language.(see website)
The group’s web designer, Ime Udombang, announced this language preservation project on Saturday, September 1, 2012, during the group’s first anniversary celebration and fund raising in Bronx, New York.
“We are proud to present to you a site where our children (and adults) can learn the basics of the Ibibio language. Our course is unique because not only do we have text, but voice-over pronunciations of English words to Ibibio!
"From vowels to the alphabet, numbers, objects and short sentences, the course provides a foundation in which to build upon for advanced courses in the Ibibio language.” according to Udombang, an internet and web page design expert, who attended the event from Columbus, Georgia.
Nsit Atai indigenes based in the United States and Canada started NINNANA in 2009 to foster unity and offer medical and educational assistance to underserved communities in Nsit Atai Local Government Areas.
Created in 1996, Nsit Atai is located 50 kilometres south of Uyo, the state capital. Like most local government areas in Akwa Ibom State, Nsit Atai, covering over 17, 000 square kilometres with population of 101,915 people, is mostly rural.
Over $15,000.00, excluding pledges, was raised at the event that was planned, among others, to raise awareness about the deteriorating educational standard in Nigeria and the need for intervention by well meaning Nigerians.
Among the key dignitaries in attendance was the New York based Rev. N. Nwachukwu of Imo State, a 12th District of New York City Council candidate in November 3, 2012 city wide election.