Work in Progress

A Rowbory family blog from Nigeria

App updates: Naija Type & Ashɛ testing

After 2 weeks of hard work some improved text is available in the latest Ashɛ scripture test app for Android phones. (Let me know if there’s any interest in an iOS version.) Some suggestions and bug reports have led to an updated Naija Type Android keyboard app and Keyman keyboard (usable in iOS with Keyman).

Quickly building (Keyman) Predictive Text keyboards

The excellent Keyboard App Builder helps you build keyboards for Android devices, wrapping the very clever Keyman Android Engine. I’ve been working on a keyboard for the Nigerian languages I know and one feature I’ve been experimenting with is predictive text, where the keyboard suggests what it thinks you may be saying so you can …

Naija Type – a keyboard for Nigeria

Can you type the ₦ Naira symbol correctly and easily? The Koro Ashɛ team and many others have asked me about the best way of typing their languages correctly on phones, I’ve been putting together an Android App and a KeyMan keyboard. It includes the ₦ symbol and all kinds of letters like ə ɛ …

Nigerian Bible Translation History – inspiring & painful

‘…the “Sword of the Spirit” [the Bible], placed in the hands of the congregations, in their own tongue, will do more… than all our preaching, teaching and meetings of so many years put together’ – Samuel Ajayi Crowther “Dr Samuel Ajayi Crowther was the first African bishop in the Anglican Church and the first African Bible …

Anathema

Why might someone call down curses on themselves? Fury with God or with self? Despair? What does it mean for someone to be blighted by witchcraft? Why would anyone ask for that? These questions pop up when looking at Romans chapter 9:3 in Nigerian languages, because while ‘cursing’ and ‘swearing’ are treated somewhat lightly or …

What *does* the Bible teach us?

I have often enjoyed reading Kevin DeYoung’s writing, so I skimmed a recent email from Crossway advertising his new book and read this comment on 1 Peter 3: Feminine Beauty and Masculine Strength Peter enjoins women to be respectful, pure, and gentle. He exhorts men to show honor, be understanding, and exercise caring leadership. From …

Best Practices for developing and using Best Practices?

Many organisations have a concern for developing and checking conformity to Best Practice. Bible translation is no exception. Often Best Practice comes about after people notice recurring failures or a variety of good and bad outcomes. It seems to be part of a Western-style obsession with not just coping but striving after excellence or trying …

Where’s home again?

It’s an innocent question but one that can be surprisingly difficult to answer for people who have grown up in a variety of places. I previously wrote about making a spreadsheet just before we left for what we expected to be a 9 month trip to the UK in 2019-2020.

Ashɛ Story 1: Tortoise and the Feast in the Sky

Listen to the story in Ishɛ language while you read along below

NCC’s 2020 TLAs: NINs for SIMs

Updated Jan 8th – see below. Nigeria’s Communications Commission seems to be trying to tighten up registration details for mobile phone users. Already when you buy a SIM you need to register it (photo, lots of details, fingerprints) before it works but now there’s a panic about requiring everyone to submit their National/Nigerian Identity Number …