Nnadi was at the Co-creation Hub for Developer Parapo, and he demo’d an interesting website for igbo language dictionary. Imagine learning the language and you want to expand your vocabulary, the website is a perfect solution for you. Check out the site at mkpuruokwu.org and you can you read below for his plan and other stuffs.
Nnadi is a computer science graduate with innovative mind, he has build solutions most people won’t find interesting but necessary for African cultural development.
WTN: Why Igbo dictionary?
Nnadi: As opposed to Yoruba dictionary? I’m still learning Igbo and I’ve been collecting Igbo learning materials for myself, and to help me teach my kids in the future. The searchable dictionary helps me quickly lookup new words when my parents and grandparents are chatting.
WTN: What is the reception so far?
Nnadi: Horrible! Less than 10 hits a day. I guess I’m the only Igbo guy who doesn’t know what words like adaka mean.
WTN: Do you hope to extend it to mobile apps (or they exist already?)?
Nnadi: It *is* already a mobile app: you can access it from any mobile phone with Internet service. As far as making it accessible offline, that depends on if I can get Maaz? Echeruo’s permission to continue with this project.
WTN: Is there any other projects you have done that we can check out?
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WTN: What should we expect going forward with this solution?
Nnadi: Simply put, the eradication of AIDS on earth. Barring that, I expect that some people will get a bit more Igbo-literate by having easy access to the dictionary.
Visit Nnadi’s personal site here.