To that end, he founded Asusuigbo Teta (Wake Up Igbo Language) Association International "for preservation of Igbo Language and Culture," a body based in Massachusetts, United States but with its Nigerian office at 14/16 Mere Street, Owerri and having Chief B.C. Ihedinma as its Secretary. Founded in 2009, it held its first annual conference in July, 2009, at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE), Owerri and again in 2010 after which it decided to rotate it among the five Igbo-speaking states that make up the South-East zone. It would have been the turn of Abia in 2011, but the conference was shelved, Eleazu said, because of "security concerns." But between July 18 and July 20 this year, the rescheduled conference eventually held in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State. However, it was a disaster, an anticlimax as many prominent Igbo sons and daughters, government officials and traditional rulers who, ordinarily, ought to have graced the occasion were nowhere to be found.
But according to Mrs. Ihekire, the government tried its best. "It was through the government that the organisers were able to reach the teachers that attended this programme," she noted. All the same, "the best" was not good enough as there were no arrangements made to provide refreshments, not even the common cellophane-packaged water, for the participants who were drawn mainly from schools and ministries within the state capital.