Author’s Extensive Research Comes to Life in “An Ígálá-English Lexicon”

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John Idakwoji aims to preserve endangered language through newly released dictionary.

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"This book is real. It reflects a show of ‘survival instinct’ in which man battles for his own ultimate survival, as he protects his language, culture and identity.”

According to author and language specialist, John Idakwoji, the Igala language of Nigeria is spoken by over two million people living on the eastern part of Kogi State in central Nigeria. In spite of this number, Idakwoji had found it troubling that resources on the language were scarcely available. This frustration would lead him on an educational journey spanning 33 years.

Idakwoji’s work manifests itself in his new dictionary “An Ígálá-English Lexicon: A Bilingual Dictionary With Notes on Igala Language, History, Culture and Priest-Kings” (published by Partridge Singapore), which offers readers a comprehensive breakdown of Igala language.

Idakwoji’s lexicon covers the ins and outs of the Igala language, from the diacritical marks, to the spelling and tone marks of 5,000 words. He closes his book with an extensive look at the history of the language and the people, also discussing common folklore surrounding the language and people who speak it.

“The complex thematic contents of the book are new, original, informative, educative and entertaining,” Idakwoji says. “This book is real. It reflects a show of ‘survival instinct’ in which man battles for his own ultimate survival, as he protects his language, culture and identity.”

“An Ígálá-English Lexicon”
By John Idakwoji
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 686 pages | ISBN 9781482827873
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 686 pages | ISBN 9781482827866
E-Book | 686 pages | ISBN 9781482827880
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John Idakwoji, 62, is a native of Anyigba in Dekina LGA, but was born at Utu, a small, now-extinct rural settlement in the westward interior of Ofakaga-Amuna-Egwume in Ofu LGA. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in education and language arts in 1982, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He then began a career in the Federal Civil Service. His career lasted 32 years, during which time he learned all he could about the Igala language. He put all of his knowledge to the page in his latest book, “An Ígálá-English Lexicon.”

Partridge Singapore is supported self-publishing imprint from Author Solutions LLC. Author Solutions is a stand-alone company within the Penguin Random House Group. Author Solutions operates independently and powers Partridge along with several other self-publishing imprints. For more information or to publish a book, visit http://www.partridgepublishing.com/singapore or call 800 101 2657 (Singapore) or 1 800 81 7340 (Malaysia). For the latest, follow @PartridgeSG on Twitter.

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