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Les missions catholiques françaises et le développement des études igbo dans l’Est du Nigeria, 1885 - 1930

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2000). Les missions catholiques françaises et le développement des études igbo dans l’Est du Nigeria, 1885 - 1930. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, 159(XL-3) pp. 467–488.

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Abstract

Partly based on archives, this description of the progression of French Catholic missions from Senegal to Igboland emphasizes the crucial roles played by the Congrégation des Pères du Saint Esprit (Spiritains) and the Société des Missions Africaines (SMA) from Lyon in collecting folklore, diffusing the Onitsha dialect throughout Igboland, and developing a system of writing for the language. By comparison with their predecessors (the British Church Missionary Society), these two missionary
organizations, through their prublications, opened the way for progress in Igbo studies. These authors can be considered to be harbingers of the current cooperation between France and Igboland in the context of Franco-Nigerian relations

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2000 Cahiers d’Études africaines
ISSN: 0008-0055
Keywords: Igbo, Nigeria, Onitsha, missionary societies, dictionary, grammar.
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11307
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2008 13:59
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 15:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11307
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