Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) said on Sunday that it has completed the translation of the Bible into 24 different Nigerian languages.
Among them are: Isoko, Igala, Igede, Ebira, Yoruba, Efik, Igbo, Hausa, Nupe, Khana, Urhobo, Fulfude, Jju, Bokyi, Edo, Arabic, Tiv, Itsekiri and Kanuri.
A statement signed by BSN’s Deputy Manager, Media and Programmes, Mr. Benjamin Mordi, which was made available to the media, said BSN gives bibles free to old people’s homes and orphanages, people with visual disability, prisoners and the deaf.
The Bible in the 24 different languages will be on display during the forthcoming marathon Bible reading exercise which begins on Monday in Lagos.
The 2016 Bible reading campaign, BSN said, will be declared open at Shepherd’s Flock International Church, Lagos, by the General Secretary of the organization, Mr. Dare Ajiboye.
It said the one week programme will simultaneously take place in 50 different centres across the country.
The statement said: “The unique feature of this programme is that it gives the participants opportunity to read the Bible aloud in their own native languages.
“Participants, irrespective of denomination, age or sex, will have a three-fold joy by participating.
“They will have the joy of reading the Bible in their languages, helping someone else hear the Word of God in a new way and joining others in continuous reading of the Bible.”