Reformed spellings for Igbo Settlements
Abakaliki is Abakaleke; Afikpo is Ehugbo; Asaba is Ahaba; Awgu is Ogu; Awka is Oka; Bonny is Ubani; Enugu is Enugwu; Ibusa is Igbuzor; Igrita is Igwuruta; Oguta is Ugwuta; Onitsha is Onicha; Owerri is Owerre; Oyigbo is Obigbo; Port Harcourt is Diobu; Ogwashi-Uku is Ogwa Nshi Ukwu... any more will be added.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ikperikpe Ogu

Location: Ibeku?, Alaigbo | Date: ?Unsure? | Credit: Corbis, G. I. Jones?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, December 24, 1772

Chesterfield, December 15, 1772. Run away from the Subscriber, on Sunday the 22d of November, a new Negro Fellow of small Stature, and pitted with the Smallpox; he calls himself BONNA, and says he came from a Place of that Name in the Ibo Country, in Africa, where he served in the Capacity of a Canoe Man; his Clothing is a new Felt Hat, new Cotton Waistcoat and Breeches, and new Shoes and Stockings; his Stockings were knit, and spotted black and white. Whoever secures him so that I get him shall have TWENTY SHILLINGS reward, besides what the Law allows.

— Richard Booker

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia | Date: December 24, 1772 | Credit: Richard Booker

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ibeku court

Traditional heads of Ibeku meet with heads of the British administration in Nigeria for the acquisition of the land that would become Umuahia.

Location: Lagos Colony, Southern Nigeria | Date: ?Unsure? | Credit: ?Unknown?, Corbis

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Agbogho Mmuo

Agbogho Mmuo are maiden spirit masks that represent the spirit of dead girls that have manifested in the dancer to come back to parade in their communities. The masks also symbolise the ideals of female beauty among many Nri-Awka Igbo communities. Their extremely white faces symbolise that they are spirits.

Location: ?Unsure?, Alaigbo | Date: ?Unsure?, Before 1913 | Credit: Thomas

Friday, December 3, 2010


Location: ?Unsure?, Alaigbo | Date: ?Unsure?, Before 1913 | Credit: Thomas

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Nsibidi Sentence

This was another sentence created with original compound words (or Njikọta Édé), this time just one; 'to eat' (2) which uses the existing Nsibidi for knife (to cut or kill) fire with sticks (or tripod) and a mouth from Nsibidi 'talk' (See the last Nsibidi sentence post) which is understood as 'gather (or kill) cook and put in mouth'.

It's interesting to note that the Nsibidi for plantain (3) was used to inform someone of an order for plantain. It was used on a 'shopping' list (more like farming list).

Note: Again this used Nsibidi from different geographical areas where Nsibidi varies.

For more, visit http://nsibiri.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nsibidi sentence

This is a simple and original Nsibidi 'sentence'.
http://nsibiri.blogspot.com Nsibidi is the indigenous writing system of the Igbo, Efik, Ibibio and other Oyono (Cross River) peoples that has been found out to be more than 1000 years old. The conjunction 'and' is made up of the Nsibidi for 'Speech' (two men talking) and the Nsibidi for 'unity', so it is understood as 'speech (word) unity'. 'Peace' is made out of the Nsibidi for 'knife' and the Nsibidi for 'fight'/'fighting' (two men fighting), so it is 'knife (knife is understood as kill) fighting'. Both are original compound words (Njikọta Édé). The two small circles are full stops.

These Nsibidi words are referenced from early 20th century sources on Nsibidi.

Note: These Nsibidi are from different geographical areas where Nsibidi varies.
Nsibidi Alphabet? No. But compound words are not new to the Nsibidi script, in fact they are key to writing basic Nsibidi.

For more, visit http://nsibiri.blogspot.com
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