West Indian Terms of Igbo origin
Some common words still used in Caribbean English[es] that come directly from the Igbo language or are influenced by it. Unu/Wunna ‘You [plural]’, the same in Igbo, únù, wunna may be used, in Nigerian pidgin English una is used. Soso ‘Only’, ‘single’, in Igbo orthography it’s sọsọ [saw-saw] meaning the same. [Not to be confused with English so-so, meaning average or mediocre]…
The Origins of Isi Agụ: Lion or Leopard?
Lion or Leopard? If “agụ” is leopard, and “ọdụm” is lion, then why is it not Isi ọdụm? In Igbo culture, the phrase isi agụ is translates to “head of a leopard”, an animal revered in Igbo folklore. However, the isi agụ fabric itself features the motif of a lion’s head (ọdụm), which may seem…
Black Americans that Supported Biafra During the War
Taking a look at the Black Americans that supported Biafra during the Nigeria-Biafra war.
Exploring West African Cuisine in Tokyo
Can you get Nigerian food in Tokyo? If so, where do you go? Here’s a couple of restaurants in Tokyo where you can find some great Nigerian dishes!
The rise of Odogwu, is the growing influence of Afrobeats helping Nigerian languages?
The world’s lexicon is changing, and the rise of Afrobeats is bringing Nigerian slang and pidgin to the forefront of the diaspora’s consciousness. Social media platforms like TikTok have helped terms like “soft life” and “nyash” become ubiquitous, so much so some argue that they’ve been co-opted.