Language Service Providers’ Association of Nigeria (LASPAN) is the professional association that represents the interests of language service practitioners in Nigeria. It is the leading voice for practitioners in the language service industry.
LASPAN membership is the mark of quality language service delivery. LASPAN defines standards of excellence for language service practitioners by promoting quality-driven services and best practices.
LASPAN influences the language services industry through its research, initiatives and activities in collaboration with its stakeholders.
LASPAN, a not-for-profit, non-political, professional association, is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), with the Certificate of Incorporation CAC/IT/NO 105692 dated 30 January 2018.
It was set up by a group of like-minded professionals active in the national and international language services profession who wish to associate for the purpose of fostering contacts with similar associations and improving the standards for the practice of the profession.
The first initiative in bringing Nigerian Language service Providers together was first taken by Mr Obi Udeariry at the instance of the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters, headquartered in Argentina, who had been a member of the Association prior to then, and who is actively involved in Language Service Provision. He reached out to fellow Language Practitioners and invited them to the inaugural meeting fixed for 21st of January, 2017. In attendance was Mr Alfred Mtawali, a member of the East African Interpreters and Translators Association, and a fellow member of IAPTI.
The attendees at the meeting agreed that there was need to form a functional, local chapter of Language Practitioners in the country, either as a chapter of IAPTI or as an autonomous Association. The following members were appointed at the meeting to look into the two options as agreed: Mr Obi Udeariry, Mr. Samson Adeyekun, Ms. Bolajoko Olugbile and Mr Kola Tubosun.
It was subsequently decided to register an indigenous association named Language Service Providers Association of Nigeria (LASPAN) with the Corporate Affairs Commission, the body responsible for the registration of associations in Nigeria.
The association was legally registered on the 5th of February, 2018.
The Language Service Providers Association of Nigeria (LASPAN) is a professional association for language practice professionals in Nigeria.
We are a not for-profit and non-political organization. Our aims, among others, are to provide a platform for the generally accepted practice of language services in all ramifications; to encourage, extend, increase, disseminate and promote the exchange of information and ideas in all issues relating to professional language services in Nigeria; to liaise with other similar bodies at both local and international levels for information, affiliation and support as well as to promote professional and ethical standards among members.
Membership is open to all translators, interpreters, editors, proofreaders, voice over artists, text reviewers, terminologists, copywriters and anyone else involved in the language practice industry in Nigeria.
Our members work in all of the major Nigerian languages, other indigenous language and in a number of other world languages