The blogger Lotanna Igwe-Odunze has published a book on a new writing system for the Igbo language. Ndebe: A Modern Igbo Writing System updates ancient Igbo designs in ways that allow for contemporary use. The system took 10 years to perfect and Igwe-Odunze is presenting it as the “first truly usable, truly writeable, truly readable, and truly indigenous written form of Ìgbò.”
She made the announcement on Twitter.
I wrote a book.
Not the one everyone was expecting, but the one that mattered the most to me.
In 2009, I invented a brand new writing system for Igbo, and after working on it for over a decade, it's finally ready.
Introducing my baby: The Ndebe Scripthttps://t.co/SCIjJlGP9QSee Also
— Sugabelly 🌕 (@sugabelly) July 3, 2020
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture, art, photography, business, activism, and health. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.