Compiled By Ime Silas

IBIBIO is the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria, after Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo which are first, second and third, respectively.

They settle within the South-southern part of Nigeria. Their language; Ibibio is spoken by the indigenous peoples of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, while it is being understood faintly by inhabitants of the boundary communities of Abia and Rivers States.

They have a distinctive history, culture and traditions which predate states’ creation in the present-day Nigeria.

The underlisted are some simple words and objects as well as their usages and few sentences for the benefit of learners of the language:

Aba (noun) – Bathroom

Aba (noun) – Cave

Abai (noun) – Pillar

Abang (noun) – Pot

Abat (noun) – Clay

Adep (noun) -Nanny, Babysitter

Afe (noun) – Hall

Afere (noun) – soup

Afia (noun) – Trap, Snare

Afia (adjective) White

Akwa (adjective, noun) – Great

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Atai (adjective, noun) – Special

Atayad (noun) – Small hut

Ba (verb) – Stay 

USAGE: Ba(stay) do(there) -(meaning: stay there)

Bak (verb) – Butcher

USAGE: Bak(butcher) ebot(goat) – (meaning: Butcher goat)

Ban (verb) – File, hone

USAGE: ban(file) ikwa(knife) – (meaning: file the knife)

Ban (verb) – Initiate

Bana (verb) -Decorate 

Bat (verb) – Count

to be continued