The inauguration of the Ajao Estate chapter of Igbo Speaking Community, has given Ndigbo an opportunity to stress on the importance of speaking Igbo language, especially among children born outside Igbo land.
The event took place over the weekend at Ajao Estate, with so much fanfare, attracting prominent sons and daughters of Ndigbo within and outside the Estate.
The President General of Igbo Speaking Community in Lagos State, High Chief Sunday Eze who conducted the inauguration said that the essence of the inauguration was to involve everyone in Igbo projects. He stressed that the decision was also to get the association at the grassroots, promote unity among Ndigbo as well as promote Igbo culture “The time has come to bring everyone to the fold and promote our language. It’s annoying that some of our children cannot speak the Igbo language” He said.
Ikechukwu Onwuka, chairman of the event said that without culture a people would be lost and that accounted for the coming together. “We need our language which is our identity. We must promote it wherever we are; teach our children the language. Let them know our food, music and everything that speaks about us. It is important to identify with your tribe. I really fault parents whose children cannot speak Igbo language” Onwuka said.
The newly inaugurated chapter chairman, Chief Rowland Igwilo, popularly called Double King said that the chapter was determined to promote the welfare of members so that wherever they are, they would know that someone is concerned about their welfare. He said that many projects have been lined up for execution, and would be unfolded soon.
While corroborating Igwilo, Nelson Madubuike, the secretary of the chapter said that the welfare of Ndigbo was the major reason for starting up the autonomous chapter. “It is heartwarming that the 16 excos inaugurated today are worthy of the honour, and are ready to take Igbo cause to greater heights. Roland Igwilo, Anthony Okafor, Amaka Nwabunike and a host of others, are trusted leaders.” Madubuike said.