K’anyi suo Igbo…

Let’s speak Igbo

Many Igbos, particularly within the diaspora, struggle to speak Igbo. This can be attributed to several factors, some of which were highlighted on the 1st episode of OkwuID’s discussion panel; Is the Igbo Language Dying

Language is a pivotal part of any culture or ethnic group. For us to ensure the survival of “Igboness” itself we must not let our language die out.

For those who are based within the London area, below are a list of Igbo learning resources to aid in your quest to learn, improve and/or practice your Igbo.

For free online Igbo lessons by Okwu ID click here

To Enrol on OKWU ID’s personalised Igbo Language and History Course
Click link: Online Igbo language, history and culture course
The course will be a pilot with a maximum capacity of 10 students, first come first serve.
Course outline: The draft course currently includes
  • Igbo history/cultural lessons – live-streamed (ability to ask questions) and download 
  • Igbo language lessons – live streamed and downloadable 
  • Lesson plan (workbook) –  Online/Printable  
  • Weekly call sessions with teacher (max 30 mins)
  • Exam
To register interest please contact: okwuid@outlook.com


Classes Hosted by Next Generation Naijas


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/next-generation-naijas-17676190219 (Eventbrite page)





Classes Hosted by ICSN


For more details or to register contact. school@icsn.co.uk



Classes Hosted by YIWA

Visit www.yiwa.co.uk for more information on how to apply.




Classes Hosted by SOAS

Not currently running. Please contact godsonbima@yahoo.co.uk for more details.



Lessons Hosted by ILC igbo1logo[1]





EZINAULO.COM – Focused on adults teaching themselves Igbo

IGBOPODCAST  – Ọjị Abịala: An Igbo Podcast takes a revamped an innovative approach towards learning to speak the Igbo language guaranteed to make you at least conversant.

NWA ADA IGBO – Igbo language and cultural Instagram

IGBO FOCUS  – Learn Igbo basics online

AKWUKWO – Teaching children Igbo



Igbo Gospel:

Igbo Entrepreneurship: Sophia Enyi – Essysevents.com

sophia (2)Sophia Enyi, OkwuID panel member and young Igbo entrepreneur launches Essy Events, an events management company in London. Essysevents.com

Igbos are known for being enterprising and being born in the UK hasn’t seemed to stop that. Sophia has taken a dive into a non-traditional career path to pursue what she truly enjoys.

Essy Events provides events planning services including: birthdays, wedding receptions and corporate dinner parties.


The company launch is to take place on the 11th November 2017.

Tickets to the launch show are £5 and are available online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essys-showcase-x-launch-tickets-38441206684?ref=eios&aff=eios

Proceeds from the event will go to the Grenfell Tower victims.

Bobrisky vs Okwu ID


Gossip Nigeria and many other online blogging streams have reported the response of the Snapchat personality Bobrisky (Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju) who was briefly mentioned in episode 3 of OkwuID discussion on colourism.gosspip

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In the snapchat rant Bobrisky proceeded in making homophobic comments directed at one of the OkwuID cast members. He also attacked another cast member who made no adverse comments directly towards the skin bleaching advocate.

OkwuID is a UK based platform where we as Nigerians exercise our right to discuss issues that we deem important. With reports suggesting that close to 80% of Nigerian women bleach using cancer-causing agents that can damage organs and can negatively affect foetal development, we wholeheartedly condemn the use of skin bleaching and skin bleaching advocacy/promotion.
We also condemn the homophobic remarks made by Bobrisky.

As youth of the Nigerian diaspora, we recognise the negative connotations that many western media outlets have historically and currently given black skin. It is essential for the African psyche to move past the colonial dogma that “lighter is better”. We realise that personalities like Bobrisky use bleaching promotion as a means to gain wealth, however this often comes with a lack of regard for those (particularly young women) that may be influenced by him.
We understand that there are many other notable Nigerians who bleach and we extend our condemnation to their bleaching promotion too.
Ultimately, part of OkwuID’s aim is to build the self-esteem of particularly young Nigerians. We want to encourage our people to see the beauty in their black skin and to truly learn to love, nurture and appreciate it the way it is.

Ojojo & Ekpo Masquerade – Ikeji Ndi Aro (New Yam Festival London 2017)

Ekpe (Ekpo)

Is celebrated in different communities, the styles of music and masquerade varying. The Ekpe festival is said to originate from the Cross River area from the Qua or related peoples. Ekpe spread to what is now the Southwest province of Cameroon and other areas and spread west towards what is now Abia and parts of Imo and Ebonyi state, largely due to the old Aro Confederacy. ‘Ekpe’ means leopard and the many masquerades across the Bight of Biafra region, although differing in shapes and size, usually mimic the movements of the leopard. Ekpe is not confined to a religion or ethnic group. It was originally used as a way of enforcing laws. Ekpe is usually only used for festivals now although many people are still initiated into the society. Ekpe is strictly for men only and there are masquerades that women are barred from seeing, along with non Ekpe members. (Source: nairaland.com)

Ojojo Dance

Isi Ojojo bu isi umunwanyi n’ebu. (Isi Ojojo is the head that the women carry). It is meant to represent the importance of women in Igbo/Aro culture. During the dance, all of the women take part in singing and procession. They sing “Onyi iro hapu m aka ka mpkawa nganga lewe ibem anya.” The dance is typically performed by Arochukwu women at cultural events and ceremonies. (Source:nairaland.com)