Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Idoma-speaking peoples live in central Nigeria. They inhabit Benue, Plateau, Cross River, and Anambra States of Nigeria, with the majority living in Benue State. There are also many Idoma speakers in other parts of Nigeria, and the total population is estimated to be about 5 million. In Nigeria, Idoma-speaking people occupy important positions in local, state, and national life, and there are many university graduates, administrators, and businesspeople among the Idoma. There are many primary and secondary schools in Idomaland, most of them established by Methodist and Roman Catholic missionary groups. Only recendy have governments, individuals, and Islamic organizations begun to establish primary and secondary schools. There is a strong drive for Idoma to be extensively used in all Idoma Schools of Benue State, and many Idoma writers and scholars, such as Onka Oblete, Ismaila Amali, Idris Amali, Usman Amali, and Stephen Obeya, are writing in the Idoma language. ...