Etsako Language Research & Development Centre

Etsako Language Research & Development Centre is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria for the purpose of developing the Etsako language as a central language for the Afemai people.

Afemai has a language cluster made up of various dialects more or less related in a way but certain dialect extreme do not show mutual intelligibility rather each thoroughly described. Because of this, Afemai language is not adequately identified. Every speech community is highly self conscious at the local level and hardly accept that it speakes a dialect of Afemai language.

The three Nigerian big languages have the same characteristics of some dialects not mutually intelligible but accept one of the dialects developed as a central language. But the Afemai people do not see the advantage of such linguistic unity which brings people together as a tribe.

Afemai people have a common core vocabulary with dialect specific terms. So there is pressing need for Afemai language planning and language development where all the terms and vocabulary maybe assigned specialized meaning within the central language. It will entail working out a uniform orthographic system that would minimize, harmonize and absorb the dialect differences. That is the principle that is applied in the development of the Etsako Central Language.

Linguists suggest that not all dialects in a geographical area can or should be developed for use in education. Therefore, it emplores a choice to be made by language planners and policy makers. All Afemai dialects are under – developed. Language engineering is to allow the language the ability and means of expressing the most abstract and modern notion of science, technology, philosophy and law.

It is embarrassing at this stage of our political development to continue to use English in the gathering of Afemai people either at home or abroad. It is time lingustic research be done in Afemai on the root of all the dialects to determine the precise degree of the relationship between them. With this, we can have logical conclusion on the demarcation of boundaries between languages, in order to have one language for Afemai which is our tribe.

The Etsako Language Research and Development Centre has developed Etsako numerals and is nearly at par with English in counting. Admission of all etymologies of different forms in the dialects used as synonyms will enrich the lexicon ̀to boost the language

Some speakers of other dialects resist Etsako as the basic standard because they feel it is imposed on them. But they have not resisted the English language that is of the whiteman but the dialect which is of the same ilk as his root brother and neighbour’s language.

The Centre is determined to sustain the Afemai language by providing textbooks and other literary materials to be studied in schools from nursery to tertiary institutions. It aims at developing the language to be able to compete with any language in the Universe. We only need to discard our myopic tendencies and dialect self consciousness to open mindedness in order to achieve a central language like the major tribes in Nigeria.

So far, a remarkable feat of numeral is on display in the book, ETSAKO NEW NUMERALS AND WORDS. The book has broken the limitation of the old Etsako numeral we inherited from our ancestors. Before now our counting ended in hundred. The new innovated numeral as displayed in the book, has placed us among indigenous languages that can count above trillion. Etsako numerals today has reached the peak of three thousand and four (3004) digit figure. We have produced books for use in primary, secondary and tertiary institution which have been approved for school use by the Edo State Government, Ministry of Basic Education.

Our Aims

To research into the various dialects in Afemai with the purpose of resuscitating our language and culture which is fast going into extinction.

Etsako Language Research and Development Centre has produced books, to train teachers, give public lectures, and teach the language on radio and television for the purpose of motivating the people’s interest.

Our Objectives

To Develop a Central Language For The Afemai People.


We need sponsors - Corporate, Unions, Clubs, Individuals for:

  • Radio and Television teaching of the language.

  • Research into the culture and tradition of the Afemai People.

  • Help support Etsako Language Research and Development Centre.

  • Send useful information about afemai culture and tradition to the centre.


Solomon Jegede Enaboakpe
Solomon Jegede Enaboakpe was born on 22nd April 1957 at Iviari - Agenebode, Edo State, Nigeria.

He is the CEO, HEPA LTD, founder of ETSAKO LANGUAGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, author of over 30 books, a successful business man. Solomon is an importer, author, a student of Philosophy (University of Ibadan), had Diploma in English (Unilag), certificate in Marketing and Advertising. Solomon Enaboakpe is married with children.

His desire to develop and promote Etsako language started in his early days at St. John's College, Fugar (1971- 1975). His first book titled “Whetstone Etsako Dictionary” translating Etsako words to English (not published) was written in 1973 at the age of 16years. He started research to expand and develop the stunt numerals of the Afemai people. He was able to advance Etsako Numerals from its limit of 20 to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (Quintillion) in his first book ETSAKO NEW NUMERALS AND WORDS launched at the National Theatre lganmu, Lagos on 1st May 2004.

It is the first indigenous numeral to count up to quintillion. Afemai counting has been advanced to the zenith in a new book “Etsako Numerals and Large Numbers” which reads Thousand to Millinillion (3004 digits)

Mrs. Yvonne Jegede Fawole

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Jegede Enaboakpe, the initiator of this programme. Yvonne is a philanthropist, a successful actress, cum producer and has acted over 50 rated Films in Nigeria.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from the American University, Cyprus after she had her Diploma in Law, from the Lagos State University. She is the MD/CEO of M.M.I. Productions LTD.

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