Below are aids for those who wish to practice and learn basic Igbo.
The best way to learn is to;
Listen to the audio
Listen to the audio again whilst following the Igbo text
Once you think you’ve grasped the script, read the Igbo text aloud
Interpret the text with the translation and key words
More content to be added soon. If there are any issues see contact.
INTRODUCTIONS AND GREETINGS
#1 CHISOM – TYPICAL INTRO
Ndi banyi, ndeewo nu. Aha m bu Chisom.
A bu m onye Owerri na Imo steeti, mana ebi m na London.
A di m afo iri abuo.
Anọ m na Mahadum, a na m a gụọ asụsu Igbo.
A na m a ru oru ebe ha na ire ahịa
A na m a gụọ egwu/ A na m eme ihe egwuregwu
Ana m anụ mana asụkwa asụsu Igbo obere.
Hello everyone, my name is Chisom.
I am from Owerri, in Imo state, but I live in London.
I am twenty years old, I’m at university studying the Igbo language.
I work in a shop (direct: I work where they sell market)
I’m a singer/I’m an athlete
I can understand and speak a little Igbo.
Ebi m na…
I live in…
A di m afo ….
I am … years old
I am (location)
Gụọ asụsu Igbo
To study Igbo
#2 SHORT SPORTS DESCRIPTION
Ano m nihe gbasara egwuruegwu di iche iche (ndi beke nakpo sports) dika igwu mmiri, igba oso na egwuruegwu ukwu.
I’m into different activities (English people call sports) like swimming, running and football.
In this video three of the OkwuID cast try the beanboozled challenge with an Igbo twist. The aim of the game is to translate the Igbo word written on the sheet of paper. A wrong answer means a jelly bean must be eaten.
Many Igbos, particularly within the diaspora, struggle to speak Igbo. This can be attributed to several factors, some of which were highlighted on the 1st episode of OkwuID’s discussion panel; Is the Igbo Language Dying
Language is a pivotal part of any culture or ethnic group. For us to ensure the survival of “Igboness” itself we must not let our language die out.
For those who are based within the London area, below are a list of Igbo learning resources to aid in your quest to learn, improve and/or practice your Igbo.
For free online Igbo lessons by Okwu ID click here
Personalised Remote (Online) Classes Hosted by OKWU ID. (Postponed)
Gossip Nigeria and many other online blogging streams have reported the response of the Snapchat personality Bobrisky (Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju) who was briefly mentioned in episode 3 of OkwuID discussion on colourism.
In the snapchat rant Bobrisky proceeded in making homophobic comments directed at one of the OkwuID cast members. He also attacked another cast member who made no adverse comments directly towards the skin bleaching advocate.
OkwuID is a UK based platform where we as Nigerians exercise our right to discuss issues that we deem important. With reports suggesting that close to 80% of Nigerian women bleach using cancer-causing agents that can damage organs and can negatively affect foetal development, we wholeheartedly condemn the use of skin bleaching and skin bleaching advocacy/promotion.
We also condemn the homophobic remarks made by Bobrisky.
As youth of the Nigerian diaspora, we recognise the negative connotations that many western media outlets have historically and currently given black skin. It is essential for the African psyche to move past the colonial dogma that “lighter is better”. We realise that personalities like Bobrisky use bleaching promotion as a means to gain wealth, however this often comes with a lack of regard for those (particularly young women) that may be influenced by him.
We understand that there are many other notable Nigerians who bleach and we extend our condemnation to their bleaching promotion too.
Ultimately, part of OkwuID’s aim is to build the self-esteem of particularly young Nigerians. We want to encourage our people to see the beauty in their black skin and to truly learn to love, nurture and appreciate it the way it is.
“Onye” (Diaspora Stories) is OkwuID’s biographical series presenting stories from the Igbo diaspora. Chizi (Chiizii) shares her experience growing up as a young Igbo woman being born in London but raised in the US.