ABOUT US :
*Ikale Writer’s Awards
Ikale Writers Award (ÌWÀ) is a non profit, apolitical and pan Ikale non governmental organization founded towards preventing Ikale language from going extinction, promote and entrench the Ikale value as imbued in our language and culture.
The organisation is a brainchild of Advocate Ogunsanmi Elijah Rotimi Reo who is zealously working towards Ikale indigenous language from going into extinction.
A language is endangered when it is on a path toward extinction. Without adequate
documentation, a language that is extinct can never be revived.
A language is in danger when its speakers cease to use it, use it in an increasingly
reduced number of communicative domains, and cease to pass it on from one generation
to the next. That is, there are no new speakers, adults or children.
About 97% of the world’s people speak about 4% of the world’s languages; and
conversely, about 96% of the world’s languages are spoken by about 3% of the world’s
people (Bernard 1996: 142). Most of the world’s language heterogeneity, then, is under
the stewardship of a very small number of people..
Even languages with many thousands of speakers are no longer being acquired by
children; at least 50% of the world’s more than six thousand languages are losing
speakers. We estimate that, in most world regions, about 90% of the languages may be
replaced by dominant languages by the end of the 21st century.
Language endangerment may be the result of external forces such as military, economic,
religious, cultural, or educational subjugation, or it may be caused by internal forces,
such as a community’s negative attitude towards its own language. Internal pressures
often have their source in external ones, and both halt the intergenerational transmission
of linguistic and cultural traditions. Many indigenous peoples, associating their
disadvantaged social position with their culture, have come to believe that their languages
are not worth retaining. They abandon their languages and cultures in hopes of
overcoming discrimination, to secure a livelihood, and enhance social mobility, or to
assimilate to the global marketplace.
The extinction of each language results in the irrecoverable loss of unique cultural,
historical, and ecological knowledge. Each language is a unique expression of the human
experience of the world. Thus, the knowledge of any single language may be the key to
answering fundamental questions of the future. Every time a language dies, we have less
evidence for understanding patterns in the structure and function of human language,
human prehistory, and the maintenance of the world’s diverse ecosystems. Above all,
speakers of these languages may experience the loss of their language as a loss of their
original ethnic and cultural identity (Bernard 1992, Hale 1998).
Raising awareness about language loss and language diversity will only be successful
when meaningful contemporary roles for minority languages can be established, for the
requirements of modern life within the community as well as in national and international
contexts. Meaningful contemporary roles include the use of these languages in everyday
life, commerce, education, writing, the arts, and/or the media. Economic and political
support by both local communities and national governments are needed to establish such
Our Language Is Our Strength /Language is Life
- Aims And Objectives*
1.Safeguarding Endangered languages
- Supporting and Promoting Mother tongue
- To improve the artistic quality of writers medium, unknown writers and provide a common forum for the various branches and crafts of the industry.
- To foster cooperation in technical research and cultural progress, and pursue a variety through,creating recorded and printed documentation resources.
- The Ikales Writers Awards ( ÌWÀ) would offer the unpublished writers the opportunity to receive an award annually to encourage them and people in writing in mother tongue.
6 We would provide unpublished writers the opportunity of being gented writers, in order to achieve this, they need good sustained professional input and quality feedback to produce work that will be published and documented.
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Ikale Writer’s Awards
47 Ikoya Road, (Mrs. Fafoluyi House), Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria.
[16/07, 7:14 am] +234 706 878 1055: MISSION STATEMENT
The IKALE WRITERS AWARDS, formed “to preserving language from extinction, Saving indigenous languages to ensure the protection of the cultural identity and dignity of indigenous peoples and safeguard our traditional heritage.
To improve the artistic quality of our writers medium, provide a common forum for the various branches and crafts of the industry, foster cooperation in technical research and cultural progress, and pursue a variety through,creating recorded and printed documentation resources
As we value, recorded and printed documentation to be essential for preserving languages’ sound and context. Linguists, anthropologists, and committed citizens work to interview, record, and document languages to preserve them via durable, physical media. These resources will be published and preserved in libraries, academic institutions, museums, and cultural centers.
Sustaining Ikale language, our utmost priority
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