Saturday, 3 January 2015

Complete Idoma language Bible launched in Otukpo

The complete version of Idoma language Bible has been launched. The Holy Book was launched yesterday at the Och'Idoma Palace Otukpo amid cheers and applause after over 30 years.

Addressing guests at the epoch-making event, General Secretary of Bible Society of Nigeria, BSN, Dare Ajiboye disclosed that it took the intervention of a Yoruba man to make the project a reality.
According to him, it takes not less than 30 million naira to get the work done, however, when several calls to Idoma clergymen to help raise the fund were fruitless they had to look for alternative.
"So, we had to approach a Yoruba man who gave us a sum of 5 million naira to start with," he said.
Ajiboye added that Idoma bible remains the first language bible to come with the 66 books and the non canonical books the same time.

He called on all Idoma natives to help support the project.

Also speaking at the event, the senate president, David Mark lauded the efforts of the Translation Committee headed by the Most Revd Bishop Michael Apochi for making the project possible.

Mark who was represented by Ezekiel Adaji said he was behind the project and will make necessary contribution in no distant time.

Chairman of the event, Ochapa Onazi while thanking the committee for 'a job well done' protested that the bible would have been better understood if it was translated in Igumale.

The claimed that Igumale is simple and not difficult to understand unlike Idoma.

He urged the BSN to also start making plans on how to bring out Igumale bible

On his part, one of the translators, Pastor Uloko said the project took them no fewer than 30 years to actualize.

He called on well meaning Idoma both at home and in the Diasppora to support the project.

Present at the event were, Chief Antenyi, Odejo of Apa, Prof. Amstrong Adejo, Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga, Bishop Michael Apochi, Ezekiel Adaji and host of others.

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