The Igalapedia project

IGALAPEDIA is an intervention project to alleviate impacts of language imperialism on world minority langauges. We promote African Culture and Tradition while presenting Igala land, language and her people as a true portrayal of African identity, the project pilot program for developing indigenous Nigerian languages and also teach how to speak the Igala language. IGALA language is one of the major tribes in Nigeria, West Africa, they are found in Kogi State majorly to the east of River Niger and west of Benue-Niger confluence. Igalapedia teach people of all ages the Igala language while encouraging the native speakers to improve and sustain their ability in the the use of the dialects.

The project which started as a personal language learning app in 2009 was incorporated as IGALAPEDIA PROJECT in 2012. Igalapedia went through series of transformation over time and has been remodelled  into a Heritage Social Medial Network (HECIAL) and a humanitarian service provider. The aforementioned remodelling gave birth to an NGO inline with CAC CAMA 1992 as incoporated trustee currently bearing IGALAPEDIA LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL DOCUMENTAION FOUNDATION.

As of 2012, We were registerred to publish books and build web based application for language studies and cultural documentation with particular attention to World Minority Languages and those on awaiting list of extinction. We identify what today's people like and thus utilising the power of social media network beyond connecting people in working toward accomplishment of agenda 4 and 17 of Sustainable Development Goal(s) and corresponding target(s). We built, host and maintain apps around the hype for harnessing resources to document and preserve African local content in electronic format.

"Before things fell apart!, each and every language of the world has a unique cultural wisdom and ecological history that was answering fundamental questions which distinguished them as a people. While some world languages are standing bold on digital media in the form of documentation asking for improvement, majority of African languages are yet to find their place in this sphere of digital age. Most African languages are on their path towards extinction as the speakers give no relevance to development or using it for writing as part of daily life." By Abdul Mumin Yahaya

The Igala Encyclopedia

The Igalapedia name was coined from our properatory software for language research and development called "The Igala Encyclopedia". The software is a customized desktop application that is synchronised with the services of http://www.igalapedia.com for studying reference works that contains information on all branches of knowledge with particular attention to languages and cultural documentation in a comprehensive manner. Key features includes but not limited to;

  1. Installation of Desktop computers (Offline version of Hecial)
  2. Dynamic navigational interface,
  3. Functionality for review and editing of interactions related, to languages from Hecial services.
  4. Comparative language dictionary,
  5. Language learning tools,
  6. New vocabulary developement tools.

Heritage Social Media Network

IGALAPEDIA HECIAL is a Social Media Network that is dedicated to academic activities, language research and cultural documentation. Our concept is a revolutionary Approach to language research and development utilising the power of social media network beyond connecting people while working toward accomplishment of agenda 4 and 17 of Sustainable Development Goal(s) and corresponding target(s). With +7500 language learning communities already maintained, HECIAL is aimed at redefining the way social media network can be beneficial to alleviation of language endangerment. This is achieved by validating functionality in our project specifically as a social interaction ground for learning local languages, diverse culture and moral standards.

The HECIAL service is a subsidiary project to accommodate other languages around the world into Igalapedia language research and development endeavour. With HECIAL and Igala Encyclopedia being a unified bunch of tools for research and development built on top of one infrastructure, applications and articles for learning Igala Language @ http://igalapedia.com have been replicated into +7500 template for learning native languages around the world. This is aimed at positioning our NGO (IGALAPEDIA PROJECT) and her HECIAL as a global player in the language research and development.

Definitions

Term Mearning
Igalapedia This is our brand name coined from Igala Encyclopedia Software (Mobile App and Desktop Application). The software project started as a personal language learning app in 2009. 
Igalapedia Project Core Igalapedia service registerred with CAC in 2012 to publish books and build web based application 
Igalapedia NGO Humanitarian service of IGALEPDIA PROJECT registered with CAC as incoporated trustee currently bearing IGALAPEDIA LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL DOCUMENTAION FOUNDATION.
http://igalapedia.com Website for promoting Igalapedia agender
http://old.igalapedia.com Our old website before remodelling to HECIAL
Heriatage Archives Project Our international language research and development center to house Igalapedia Data center, museum and library etc. 
Hecial Heritage Social Media Network. Social Media Network that is dedicated to academic activities, language research and cultural documentation.

Our concern

Over the years, so many articles were written, read and listened in conferences and seminars about how minority languages are dieing in the hands of language imperialism. And today, social-media networks have come to stay only to be multiplying by the days. While people like to share their feelings and status with friends, we are here to encourage them to learn and also share what they knew about their native languages.

  1. Use features of our social media network to teach a friend or learn from a friend how to speak a choice language.
  2. Many languages sprang out of others, follow a choice language, compare terms, phrases, clauses and sentences.
  3. If a choice language is lagging what you see in other language community, create a page, post, and ask questions in your community.
  4. Our group, page and forum have features that support any kind of language research project. Pickup a subject, create a research group, and invite friends to discuss problems of your language community today.