The historic moment US graduates were taught Igbo language by their Nigerian born valedictorian

A 22-year-old Nigerian born student, Somtochi Ugorji, has emerged Loyola Marymount University’s best-graduating student.

Ugorji, who was the valedictorian of the US university at the 2023 graduation ceremony, was able to inculcate his Igbo heritage during his speech. He proudly identified himself as Nigerian and emphasized his cultural heritage.

“My family is from the Igbo tribe and in our culture, we have a phrase called ‘Igbo Kwenu.’” Elaborating further, Ugorji explained that in Igbo land, the phrase ‘Igbo Kwenu’ serves as an endorsement and agreement. It represents the collective strength and unity that the Igbo people share.

He went on to teach those present how to respond whenever he chants ‘Igbo Kwenu’, and they did.

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