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Ibo

Syllabification: I·bo
Pronunciation: /ˈēˌbō
 
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(also Igbo /ˈiɡˌbō/)

Definition of Ibo in English:

noun (plural same or Ibos)

1A member of a people of southeastern Nigeria.
Example sentences
  • He states flat out that the Hausas hated the Igbos and that this was responsible for their massacre of the Igbos in northern Nigeria in the summer of 1966.
  • The impact of Western ways has been furthered by the increased immigration of southern Nigerians, such as Igbos and Yorubas, who typically have had greater exposure to the Western world.
  • The Africans began to see themselves not as Hausas, Igbos, or Yorubas, but as Nigerians in a common struggle against their colonial rulers.
2The Kwa language of the Ibo.
Example sentences
  • The Gullah language retains a great deal of West African syntax and combines English vocabulary with words from African languages such as Ewe, Mandinka, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, and Mende.
  • The major languages are English (official language), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fulani.
  • The words wa, zo, and bia translate as ‘come’ respectively in Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa, three prominent West African languages.

adjective

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Of or relating to the Ibo or their language.
Example sentences
  • For some of the educated elite of Enugu State, cultural revitalization would valorize Igbo mores and values.
  • This Igbo proverb emphasizes that an eagle's skill and success at hunting develop over time, indicating that a mature eagle, like a senior man, is more beautiful and more powerful than he was when he was young.
  • According to notes by Harris dating to 1954 (supplied by Eli Bentor), an Igbo informant told him that all of these were made by Ibibio.

Origin

a local name.

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