Interesting Story Of Why This Nigerian Lady Teaches Mathematics In Igbo And Pidgin


As difficult a subject as Maths is for most individuals, Cynthia Onwuchuruba Bryte-Chinule has shown that she can truly be called a maths genius as she trends in the news for teaching the subject in Igbo.

Cynthia is a mathematics teacher in Port Harcourt and she teaches her students the subject in local languages, specifically Igbo and Nigerian pidgin.

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The young lady thought of using these means after having tried to teach the kids in English in vain, Cynthia said she discovered teaching in English was a waste of time and that is why she decided to begin teaching Mathematics in Igbo and Pidgin language.

A first-class mathematics graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, she founded PEEL Initiative, a non-profit organization particularly interested in improving education in Africa especially mathematics and impacting the lives of underprivileged kids through education.


Intelligent Cynthia is of the belief that a lot of Nigerians are uneducated and an even larger, unconfirmed number do not have a firm grasp of the English language but she thinks that should not stop them from learning.

Her initiative runs free tutoring programs for kids: every Saturday she teaches over 40 kids and on Thursdays, she teaches at the Port Harcourt Remand Home.

Explaining how she manages to teach Mathematics in Igbo and Pidgin, she said;

“I gave them the maths questions in Nigerian pidgin and concepts they could relate to. For example, trying to find the sum of 5+7 became; ‘If you carry 5 yam join am with another seven yam, how many yam you go get?’ in Pidgin”

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