Sekibo’s quest to save Niger-Delta dialect from extinction

With the alarm raised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), linguists and researchers that in less than 100 years, almost half of the known global languages would be lost forever including 50 out of the 520 languages spoken in Nigeria, Ifie Sekibo, the managing director, Heritage Bank is looking to reverse this in at least one, Ikwerre, a local dialect from Port-Harcourt. Ajose Sehindemi writes. Nine languages in Nigeria are already extinct, according to the National Council for Arts and Culture. They are Ajawa, spoken in present-day Bauchi, Basa-Gu…

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