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LEARN IGBO: Daily Routine #5


Tips for learning:

Sụọ Igbo

  1. Listen to the audio
  2. Listen to the audio again whilst following the Igbo text
  3. Once you think you’ve grasped the script, read the Igbo text aloud
  4. Interpret the text with the translation and keywords





Ụtụtụ ọma Good morning
Ibolachi Good morning
Ehihe ọma Good afternoon
Mgbede ọma Good evening
Abali ọma Good night
Ka chi fo Bye
Kọ di Bye
Kọ di echi Till tomorrow





Ọlịaa Hello
Ibiago Welcome
Nnọọ Welcome




Kedu k’i mere (Kedu ka i mere)

Also (kedu k’i di)

How are you?
A di mma I’m fine
Ọdi mma It’s fine
Obi di m ụtọ i hu gi It’s nice to meet you
A hu be hu m gi ọtụtụ oge Long-time no see




Ịmeela Thank you
Daalụ Thank you
Ndo Sorry
Mba No
Ee/Oo Yes
Biko Please
Jis ike keep it up/stay well
Ngwanu OK




Ị aghotara ihe m kwuru? Did you understand what I said?
Mba, aghotaghi m (ihe i kwuru) No I don’t understand wat you said
Ee, aghotara m (ihe i kwuru) Yes I understood what you said
Nyere m aka! Help me!

Paschal, imeela nke ukwu!

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Ojojo & Ekpo Masquerade – Ikeji Ndi Aro (New Yam Festival London 2017)

Ekpe (Ekpo)

Is celebrated in different communities, the styles of music and masquerade varying. The Ekpe festival is said to originate from the Cross River area from the Qua or related peoples. Ekpe spread to what is now the Southwest province of Cameroon and other areas and spread west towards what is now Abia and parts of Imo and Ebonyi state, largely due to the old Aro Confederacy. ‘Ekpe’ means leopard and the many masquerades across the Bight of Biafra region, although differing in shapes and size, usually mimic the movements of the leopard. Ekpe is not confined to a religion or ethnic group. It was originally used as a way of enforcing laws. Ekpe is usually only used for festivals now although many people are still initiated into the society. Ekpe is strictly for men only and there are masquerades that women are barred from seeing, along with non Ekpe members. (Source: nairaland.com)

Ojojo Dance

Isi Ojojo bu isi umunwanyi n’ebu. (Isi Ojojo is the head that the women carry). It is meant to represent the importance of women in Igbo/Aro culture. During the dance, all of the women take part in singing and procession. They sing “Onyi iro hapu m aka ka mpkawa nganga lewe ibem anya.” The dance is typically performed by Arochukwu women at cultural events and ceremonies. (Source:nairaland.com)