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An Ukara Ekpe material covered in nsibidi characters.
An Ukara Ekpe material covered in nsibidi characters.

Igbo (Igbo: Asụsụ Igbo) is a Niger-Congo language spoken primarily in south eastern Nigeria. There are between 18-25 million speakers that are mostly in the a part of Nigeria known as Igboland, and its speakers are primarily of Igbo descent. Igbo is a recognised language of Nigeria and is also spoken natively in Cameroon. There are many different dialects of Igbo which sometimes cannot be mutually intelligible to other Igbo speakers, for this reason a standard for Igbo called 'Igbo izugbe' has been developed. Igbo is written in the Latin alphabet introduced by British colonialists and missionaries. Secret societies such as the Ekpe use the nsibidi ideograms to write Igbo and other languages around its area of influence. Nsibidi is an ideographic writing system used for over 1500 years.

Major cities where Igbo is dominant include Onitsha, Enugu, Owerri (oh-weh-reh), Port Harcourt, and Asaba (in Igbo, ah-hah-bah).

Through the transatlantic slave trade, the Igbo language has influenced many creoles in the Americas, especially in the former British Caribbean including islands such as Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Variations of Igbo can be found in Cuba (formally), the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea, formerly known as Fernando Po, and in micro-communities in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, it is also spoken among the recent migrants of Igbo descent all over the world and in the organisations they have set up.


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