One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people of southern Nigeria.
- ‘Other smaller groups include the Fulani, Ijaw, Kanuri, Ibibio, Tiv, and Edo.’
- ‘According to notes by Harris dating to 1954 (supplied by Eli Bentor), an Igbo informant told him that all of these were made by Ibibio.’
- ‘The Ibibio primarily live in the Cross River State of southeastern Nigeria.’
- ‘Other large ethnic groups include the Ibibio, the Ijaw, the Kanuri, the Nupe, and the Tiv.’
- ‘Nigeria also provided slaves for Barbados, the Yoruba, Efik, Igbo and Ibibio being the main ethnic groups targeted.’
- ‘This kind of caste system is also found among the Yoruba and the Ibibios.’
- ‘Edwin Ardener assessed the number of fishermen in the Victoria division in the early twentieth century to be about 7,500, mostly Duala, Ibibio, and Ijo.’
- ‘The marks on each temple in that mask and the one shown here are similar to those found among masks of the Igbo and Ibibio.’
2mass noun The language of the Ibibio, belonging to the Benue-Congo group and closely related to Efik. It has around 2 million speakers.
- ‘English is the official language; however, Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa represent the principal languages, joined by Kanuri, Fulani, Nupe, Tiv, Edo, Ijaw and Ibibio.’
Relating to the Ibibio or their language.
- ‘He designated them as Ibibio masks.’
- ‘And finally the formal conventions present in Duala, Ijo, Ibibio, and Efik art probably dispersed in the same manner as they do today.’
- ‘This finely rendered male Ibibio marionette is relatively naturalistic in form, with rounded muscular contours.’
- ‘North of this coastal area occupied by Delta, Ogoni, and Ibibio peoples is the hinterland dominated by the Igbo.’
- ‘The facial features of the Duala sculptures differ from those in the Ibibio and Ijo works.’
- ‘Many of these masks are in the style of the Ibibio carving center Ikot Ekpene, although they may actually be locally made.’
- ‘Its origin is ascribed to two local slave dealers who traveled beyond Arochukwu to the Ibibio area.’
- ‘The Aro people are the result of the mingling of several Igbo, Cross River, and Ibibio ethnic elements.’
- ‘Oracular activities, trade, and a network of settlements have extended the Aro reach over the Cross River, Ibibio, and Igbo areas.’
The name in Ibibio.
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