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  Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro is a renowned writer, linguist, and Igbo language expert who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and promotion of the Igbo language. He recently achieved a remarkable feat: authoring the first physics textbook written entirely in Igbo.
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Maazi Ogbonnaya’s passion for the Igbo language is not new. He is a prolific writer with several books under his belt, many of which have been adopted for use in schools and universities across Nigeria. His dedication extends beyond literature, as evidenced by his recent announcement on X (formerly Twitter). In his post, Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro expressed his concern about the potential decline of the Igbo language. This concern fueled his seemingly insurmountable project: making scientific knowledge accessible through Igbo. He began with physics, boldly declaring “I said I would do it, and I DID IT.”
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Ogbonnaya’s physics textbook is designed with inclusivity in mind. It caters not only to students but also to anyone with an interest in physics, regardless of their formal educational background. His vision extends beyond classrooms, with the book intended for use in libraries, homes, and personal study. He tweeted:
“The first ever Physics textbook rendered in Nigerian language (Igbo) is OUT!!!!Over the years, I have read so many threats facing the Igbo and how it will go extinct. This motivated me to embark on this project that seemed unattainable, for science subjects to be taught in Igbo. I started from Physics. I said I would do it, and I DID IT. This book is designed in a way that one without formal education can understand Physics. It’s needed in all libraries, schools, homes and for individual use.”

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The release of this groundbreaking textbook marks a pivotal moment in the Igbo language’s history. Maazi Ogbonnaya Okoro’s work not only ensures the survival of scientific concepts in Igbo but also paves the way for further exploration of science education in native languages across Nigeria.
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This article was first published on 22nd March 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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