An average Igbo man can’t count from 1-100 in his language. It’s not that this is a criteria but the igbos have truly lost it on this one.
Mazi Tochiphotos, the student wrote:
Hello guys, this is Tochiphotos and today I made a video to teach some students from my University in Russia how to dance egwu ogene and also how to speak a little Igbo.
Ogene is a Music is instrument used in making traditional Igbo music for the Indigenous Igbo People of South Eastern Nigeria. It is an important part of our culture and that’s I decided to introduce Russians to the beautiful sound of ogene and also, the rhythmic and energetic way our people gyrate and dance to ogene.
Apart from dancing Ogene, the Russian girls in the video can also be heard speaking Igbo.
Individual efforts like this can help Igbo language become more international.
Well done, Tochiphotos. D’eme!
We just stumbled upon a description of the Eboes (Igbos) by a European, Adolphe Burdo in the 1800s.
“…it was here that I first saw copper-coloured negroes who are found everywhere in Ebo; they are fine men, well-grown and carry their heads proudly; they nearly all have blue eyes. They talk a great deal, and speak loud and fast. When they are negotiating any business one would imagine them to be quarreling and that there is going to be a fight. They are a dangerous race, ferocious, and easily carried away to the most violent extremes…” – Niger and the Benue: Travels in Central Africa by Adolphe Burdo published in 1880 page 126.
Would you day Adophe Burdow’s right or wrong in this description?
Note that ‘Ebo’ here is a corruption of the original word Igbo.
Every day, new clues show that Igbos were indeed the First Men on earth. Read this passage culled from an article in Vanguard.
According to Igbo oral history, Eri was the father of all humanity, created in swamp and whose first food was Yam and palm oil.
This tarries with natural sciences that purports that Man had to evolve in a swampy environment that would have had both freshwater and saltwater, to provide the salts necessary in our physiological development.
A 2013 study at Kyoto University, Japan proves the ‘Wild Yam Question’ that purported that the first humans survived on picking wild Yams – H. Yasouka 2013. The Volta-Niger ethnolinguistic subfamily culture and festivals are tied around Yam festivals.
The footage below was film by a brave journalist during the Nigerian Civil war. Watch.