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Igbo

Igbo Language

Igbo language is one of the 3 major languages in Nigeria.

The area the Igbo people live in Nigeria is called East, which is located in one of the geo-political zones in Nigeria, named South East. The States that make up this zone are: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. Apart from the number of states mentioned that the Igbo people occupy in the South East geo-political zone, there are other places and land which they inhabit. These States include Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Edo State.

Igbo language is very rich in proverbs, idioms and phrases and other parts of speech as obtainable in English language and French language.

Although there are various dialects in Igbo language like Mbaise, Mbano, Owerri, Onitsha, Orlu, Ngwa etc, there is still mutual understanding with one another when talking. But in writing, there is more standardized way which is called “Igbo Izugbe” (standard Igbo). This standard Igbo is the one taught in Schools.

The Igbo people are known for rich cultural values and customs which reflect in their traditional attires, titleship, food and greetings. The Igbo people cherish greeting as such that it is seen as one of the ways they are known or identified. They see greetings as ways of showing respect and recognition to somebody. Students will learn cultural values and customs of the Igbo people.