Celebrating the Approval of Igala Wikipedia: A Triumph for Linguistic Diversity

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In 2022, our journey with Igala Wikipedia began when we submitted a request for its creation on Meta-wiki and commenced contributions on Wikimedia Incubator, marking the initial step towards recognition and preservation of Igala language and culture.

However, it was not until the 2023 Language Acceleration Program, supported by Wikitongues, that our endeavor gained significant momentum. We express our deepest gratitude to the Wikitongues team for selecting Igala as one of the languages for the Language Accelerator Program in 2023. Their support for the revitalization of the Igala language on Wikipedia has been invaluable, leading to a remarkable milestone: the approval of Igala language Wikipedia. This achievement stands as a testament to the dedication and passion for language preservation and revitalization. we will also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Wikimedia Foundation for the support.

Throughout this remarkable journey, the support of numerous individuals were also instrumental in achieving the approval of Igala Wikipedia. Among them were Amir Aharoni, Tochi Precious, Udeh Benedict, Dnshitobu and Nikos Likomitros. whose dedication and efforts laid the groundwork for success. Alongside them, a dedicated team of contributors played a pivotal role in shaping the development and content of Igala Wikipedia.

These volunteers, ranging from experienced editors to enthusiastic newcomers, collaborated tirelessly to create and expand articles, ensuring comprehensive coverage of Igala language, culture, history, traditions among others.

Special recognition goes to Charipearl, Aboh Joseph, Austinea3, Samardhorah, Benjamin Blessing, Godfrey Emmanuel, Biba993, Iamgreaced, Ogalihillary, Henry Ojonugwa, Salydy, UneksAbdullahi, Tina Gana, EngrAmeh, Splendourbeauty, Josephtreasure, Kings Ufedo, Dennis Kure Yusuf, Useni04, Jakes14, Canopy a4, and DeronPeter, whose unwavering commitment and countless contributions propelled Igala Wikipedia forward.

Additionally, the invaluable efforts of Gladys Uyo Ogali, Tokula Ojochegbe Caleb, Joseph Ezekiel Titus, DebbieUfedo, Angeimercy04, SirErudite, Felicia ogala, Sani ojochogwu, Nanjul lami, Rashbadams, Ilotechukwumercy, TonyAkagwu, Peterokohugbede, Ochatoonz, GABBYWEST, Neekks, Kellyg04, Matthew2023, and Judith Ogbaje significantly enriched the content and accessibility of Igala Wikipedia.

With a collective effort and unwavering dedication, Igala Wikipedia’s approval marks not only a milestone in language preservation but also a testament to the power of collaboration and community-driven initiatives in promoting linguistic diversity and cultural heritage on a global scale. The journey to recognition was indeed challenging, fraught with obstacles and uncertainties, but through perseverance, resilience, and unity, it has become a reality. Igala Wikipedia now stands as a beacon of hope, laying the foundation for the continued growth and development of Igala language and culture for generations to come.

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