Interview with Headmaster of Igbo Language School of New England
Ever since a United Nations Agency included Igbo Language as part of the endangered languages of the world, many Igbos are rallying together to stem a demise of Igbo Language and Culture. This week there is an international festival going on in Baltimore Maryland dedicated to one issue-The preservation of Igbo Language and Culture. Igbo language schools, programs or workshops are springing up in many places outside Igboland including Accra Ghana, South Africa, Finland, Ontario Canada, Saskatchewan Canada, Tokyo Japan, Asia, Australia, Baltimore Maryland, Detroit Michigan, Boston Massachusetts and many others. Here in this installment, ABW spoke to Mazi Ben Aduba, the Headmaster of Igbo Language School of New England. Enjoy this informative interview !
ABW: Mazi Aduba welcome to ABW VIP interview series. We are glad you have taken out some time to talk to ABW about your Igbo School program in Boston
Aduba Thank you very, very much for inviting me. I am glad to do it.
ABW: Please can you tell us what type of Igbo School program you have in Boston?
Aduba: Our school goes by the name of Igbo Language School of New England because it is owned and operated by Igbo Organization of New England (IONE). Even though the name implies Igbo language, we are trying to teach the language in context of Igbo culture because a language is an embodiment of the believes and lives of a people. We teach Igbo history, culture, religious beliefs, ceremonies, etc.
ABW: What is your position in your School?
Aduba: My official title is Headmaster. As the name implies my most important role has to do with the master (teaching) aspects of the school. Running a school involves a lot more than teaching. You need students, infrastructure (building, classrooms), you need parents and teachers, money and a thousand different things. That heavy lifting is done by Dr. Ejike Eze who is the president of IONE and his executive committee. I am lucky that Dr. Eze is uniquely qualified for this work and