Definition of Efik in English:

Efik

Syllabification: Ef·ik
Pronunciation: /ˈefik
 
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noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of a people of southern Nigeria.
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    • At Abiriba the tradition is that their Ekpe was purchased from the Efik of Calabar with whom Abiriba traders were in close commercial contact.
    • As traders conversant in multiple languages and cultures, the Efik were particularly receptive to other belief systems, molding them to their own values.
    • Nigeria also provided slaves for Barbados, the Yoruba, Efik, Igbo and Ibibio being the main ethnic groups targeted.
  • 2The Benue-Congo language of the Efik, closely related to Ibibio, and used as a lingua franca.
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    • What we needed, then, were real examples of spontaneously written text in a tone language that, like Efik, has no written literary tradition of its own.
    • The concept of logophoricity was introduced in the analysis of African languages like Aghem, Efik, and Tuburi, where there is a separate paradigm of logophoric pronouns which is employed for such a purpose.
    • But this means that we should expect that dozens of other Black English words had been traced to, say, Bambara, Mende, Twi, Yoruba, Efik, Umbundu, and so on.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Efik or their language.
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    • In their seven-year odyssey criss-crossing the Atlantic the Robin Johns repeatedly drew upon their connections established as Efik slave traders, but also sought out new allies to assist them in their quest for freedom.
    • The Dictionary further suggests that the word might derive from the Efik word mba-kara, denoting ‘master.’
    • And finally the formal conventions present in Duala, Ijo, Ibibio, and Efik art probably dispersed in the same manner as they do today.

Origin

the name in Efik.

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