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25 English Words Borrowed From Igbo Language

                            ''Before English there was Igbo. Igbo is the lost tribe of Israel''
                           


Igbo kwenu! I always feel like crying whenever I see teachers or parents flog their children because they were speaking Igbo language. They want their children to speak English not knowing that the English they want their children to speak was borrowed from Igbo. Do you know that there are more than a thousand words in English, French, Latin, Hebrew and other languages that were borrowed from Igbo Language. Did I just hear you say ''na lie'' ? Ok. Because of space, let me only give you 25 English words stolen from Igbo language. If you need more, you can contact me.


1.       Cherubim – Borrowed from Igbo phrase ‘’chere ubim’’ which means ‘’guard my home’’

2.       Book – Borrowed from Igbo phrase “bu uka’’ meaning ‘’carries the facts’’

3.       Water – Stolen from Igbo word ‘’wuta’’ which means ‘’pour’’

4.       Nurse – Coined from the phrase ‘’noro nso’’ meaning ‘’stay near’’

5.       Animal – Coined from the Igbo phrase ‘’anu malu’’ which when translated means ‘’meat that knows’’ or ‘’flesh aware of life’’ or ‘’meat is conscious’’

6.       Bank – Got from the phrase ‘’uba na aka’’ meaning ‘’wealth at hand’’

7.       Harlot – Coined from ‘’ha laa otu’’ meaning ‘’they had sex’’

8.       Say – stolen from Igbo word ‘’Si’’ which means say

9.       Answer – got from ‘’nsa’’ which means ‘’response’’

10.   Carpenter – coined from the phrase ‘’ka apita’’ which means ‘’carve out’’

11.   News – got from ‘’nu zuo’’ which means ‘’hear it all’’

12.   Soccer – coined from ‘’oso ka’’ which means ‘’running is greater’’ or “there is more running done’’ or ‘’greater at running’’

13.   Patrol – got from ‘’puta uli’’ meaning ‘’come out for strolls’’

14.   Sabbath – coined from ‘’Asaa bu taa’’ which means ‘’today is seventh’’ or ‘’seventh is this day’’

15.   Amen – got from ‘’ya mee nu’’ which means ‘’may it be done’’

16.   Genesis – coined from the phrase ‘’jee na isi isi’’ meaning ‘’go to the very beginning’’

See also 8 Igbo Words/Phrases Used In The Ancient Bible 

17.   Conquer – got from ‘’nku ka’’ which means ‘’break down’’

18.   Queue – borrowed from ‘’kwih’’ or ‘’kwunye’’ meaning ‘’join in’’

19.   Music/Musical – got from ‘’mee uzu ka’’ which means ‘’make the greatest noise’’

20.   Quote – got from ‘’kwute’’ which means ‘’make mention’'

21.   Page – coined from ‘’pia jie’’ meaning fold

22.   Boy – got from ‘’bu oyi’’ which means ‘’be friend’’

23.   Girl – coined from ‘’ga alu’’ meaning ‘’will marry’’

24.   Embassy – coined from the phrase ‘’mba zie’’ which means ‘’nations message’’

25.   Catastrophe – coined from the phrase ‘’akata asi tufia’’ meaning ‘’when mentioned the Igbos eject saliva from the mouth and say ‘tufia’ ‘’ 

      Hope you are now convinced that before English there was Igbo and Igbo is the lost tribe of Israel. For those who don't know, Igbo is a tribe from south eastern part of Nigeria. Read more about them here. How una see am. Igbo Kwezuo nu!

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35 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Very excellent research work. It is in history that the Igbos originated from Israel and you have just proved that to me.

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  2. This is bogus...I don't identify with this poorly researched humbug.

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  3. What are pile of crap? What idiot wrote this???

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  4. Quite good... Guys learn to encourage people...haba

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  5. This is why blacks will never develop, too busy stealing other peoples accomplishments to create their own. You are an utter moron.

    kill yourself.

    all you are doing is bringing shame upon yourself by displaying this insecure nonsense .

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  6. This is why blacks will never develop, too busy stealing other peoples accomplishments to create their own. You are an utter moron.

    kill yourself.

    all you are doing is bringing shame upon yourself by displaying this insecure nonsense .

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    1. The People you think that you are stealing from are the first to steal your accomplishments, thousands of years ago. But you have no idea because they their media to brainwash you more so that you can never know or believe the truth, but not person like me

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    2. Don't mind the mad man. He does not know that the Igbos were already civilized before the white men came. For instance, Igbos were already using guns before the white men came.

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  7. Mgbam!!! Ikwusigo ya! Igbo language should be respected all over the world, enyi m.

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  8. You just said the facts, is like you have been following my researches of resenty time, Igbo language was the first language spoken by God and man which is older than cosmology, It is well establish facts that we as the People Ancient of Israel don't have knowledge of our past, we existed before every other Nations of this world. Igbo language is mother language in which all the Nations form their languages.
    Just like you I also demonstrate some few English language that was delved from Igbo language, eg, (Human, Igbo language:Mma Ndu, meaning beauty of life), (Human beings, Igbo language, Mma Ndu bi na ago, meaning person who lives and pray. My dear brother there are many of them, I know that many will not believe you and me now, but don't worry your self truth will always come to lime light at last, I invite those doubters to search for The Gram code of African Adam by Professor Catherine Acholonu

    Nwanne madu, Udu!!!

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    1. Okwu gi kwu oto ka amu. Ndewo nwanne mmadu.

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  9. They worked real hard to steal us dry and through subjugation, make us loose identity to the extent that we are afraid to realize who we truly are. They said we are not good and we have for many centuries accepted it. But the truth is that we are the world. There is time for everything.

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    1. You are speaking. Gbam!

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  10. Addendum: the Latin word "ntim"means 'I hear'. In Igbo it means 'My ear', used to also hear.

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    1. Igbo Language is every where. Thanks for the info.

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  11. Addendum: the Latin word "ntim"means 'I hear'. In Igbo it means 'My ear', used to also hear.

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  12. Some responses posted here are testimony to the fact some people brandish their ignorance and total lack of willingness to seek knowledge! In as much as I do not want to join issues with anyone on his or her choice to die with an empty brain, I however detest people picking issues with every information they come across that is beyond their realm of comprehension.
    I must add that even the Master, Yeshua HaMashiach did say that,... people die because of lack of knowledge... '
    Centuries of sustained western intimidation, castigation, and brainwashing has left Africans to believe that all knowledge originated and must be authenticated by the Whiteman! Remember also that it was foretold that in the last days, knowledge shall abound! This is unfolding in our very own eyes and now we know that actually, we were robbed of everything and got short-changed with every bad thing they can find!
    In the light of aforesaid, it is now known that Igbos are indeed the ancient people of the biblical Hebrews, which actually is rightly written and called 'Igbos'. The present day white 'Jews' know that they are not the actual children of God as referenced in the Bible but were only Jews by association with the Igbos. The present Jewish state and identification as we know it today is a creation of the United Nations.
    Ancient Igbos actually ruled and dominated humanity in time past and left her marks in science,technology and language arts! It is therefore common knowledge among world intellects that many words we use today derived from ancient Igbo language.

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    1. You are very right Sir. The first person created in the world was an Igbo man.

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  13. Igbo language is the only language spoken in heaven. Apart from the Adamic race,the Israelites were the ONLY species of human beings sent direct from heaven to work out their salvation to enable the kingdom of YAHWEH to come on earth and creation will continue from were it was paused. The Israelites were the Angels that Lucifer convinced to rebel against YAHWEH.

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  14. Ubi in Igbo language means GARDEN or FARM. Ubim means my GARDEN or my FARM;Che means guard.
    Cherubim= Guard my Garden or Farm.
    Remember that God installed The Cherub (Cherubim) to guard the tree of life at the Garden of Eden.
    op your are great!

    Genesis 3:24 says, “He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”. According to this verse, only one side of Eden was guarded—the east side and you find the Igboman in the EAST!

    Chere= wait, stay, keep watch
    Ubim= my GARDEN or my FARM
    Which ever way you look at it CHERUBIM in Igbo language simply means Keeper of my Garden ( as in Garden of Eden )

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    1. Thanks for this eye opening illustration. Now I know better.

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  15. the first language spoken by every human being is the IGBO language because when a child is been born, he cries in IGBO "UWA... UWA... UWA...!" which means this world! this world! this world! before he learn what is called mother tongue. IGBO is the only language God used to create the world that why every other language in the world have one or more similar words with the IGBO language. if you are an IGBO born, you are born to create because you are created direct from God. but if you are not an IGBO do you know that you language was created out from IGBO on the tower of Babel take it or leave it.

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  16. If I take all these to be true, then it means the language spoken at the tower of Babel was Igbo language. Which means they were speaking Igbo when they wanted to reach GOD by force by building a tower. Then GOD confused and scattered them (ie scattered the Igbo language/people). Now tell me, where is the pride in that??? However, all languages are related because they all came from one source. Okurin is man in Yoruba, Okoro is referred to man in Igbo and Okon is referred to male in Aqua Ibom... So which came from which?? Deriabe means laughing in Okrika, dariaba refferes to ppl laughing somewhere in the North, which one came from which. My friends don't psyche yourselves, all languages have same source. The best prove the languages came from Igbo, then you guys research all other languages how they're related to Igbo as you did for English, then you'll have a stronger point. For English, it is one of the latest language, so there are many languages in it including French, Spanish, Latin etc. For Igbo coming from Isreal, that may be true, I came across an old Bible and saw Abia there as one of the places around Israel.

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  17. These words are linguistically probably more like eponyms from Igbo to English or English to Igbo (eg. Igbo, Ibo, Ebo, Eboe, Heebo), homonyms (same sound) or homographs (same spelling) but not particularly borrowed.

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