Showing posts with label Ebira Language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ebira Language. Show all posts

June 25, 2018

Ancient Ebira Names And Their Meaning In English.

These days, if your cultural name is not ‘tushed,’ you will re-shape it for yourself just to make it sound modern. For every Ebira name is a history and purpose. Here are some ancient Ebira names and their respective meaning in English Language. Some are still trending, while some have been neglected.
Names:     Meaning In English:      Gender
Aasimi: If given to me.     F

Ajimituwho: Spare me till tomorrow (metaphorically continues everyday). M

Avidime: The innovator. M

Asipita: A child of History. M

Amewuru: The harbinger of confusion. M

Adeeku: Father of masquerade. M

Adabara: Head of a compound. M

Adajinege: The tallest of them. M

Adavize: Father is wealth. M

Adeiza: Father of fortune. M

Adomuha: Father of able bodied-man. M

Adooro: The pesterer. M

Aduvo: Father of hand. M

Ajooze: The one standing on the way. M

Adinoyi: Father of the multitude. M

Anataku: The surrounded one. M

Azamare: Test (Trial), he who is under the test of God for survival. M

Anoze: That which is delivered on the way to the farm or that which is to open the gate for others to follow. F

Anagwureyi: The famous one. M/F

Aze: Child of difficult circumstance. F

Eneyamire: That which the eye has seen. M/F

Ezuhio: Heralded by the many or the multitude. M

Enesi: That child which is greatly sought for, the much-loved child. M

Itopa: A historic child. M

Ireyi: Heralded by some memorable events. F

Otuwho: Child named after a succession of deaths of other children in a family. F/M

Ovavi: Child named after a succession of previous children. M/F

Orahachi: One that finds a place to stay. F

Ochiiji: Child of a termagant who is notoriously quarrelsome. F/M

Onozare: That which is seen by the naked eye. F

Osheyiza: That which is memorable. F/M
Onoto: The one that is proud and self -centred. M

Onoruoiza: Good man. M

Onize: Owner of Wealth. F

Onotu: The one that is met or affected. M

Onozasi. The one people search for. F/M

Onsachi: The one ready to be sent. F

Onuchi: The one whose burden was lifted. F

Onume: The trendimg one. M

Onuwoji: The adviser. M

Onuya: The sufferer. F/M

Onimisi: The one I want. M

Omeyi: One who shows off. F

Omeiza: The pious one. M

Oricha: God’s own. M

Ozovehe: Man is the symbol of life. M

Otori: Friend of the gods. M

Onyeche: Named after a festival, meaning the mother of festival. F

Omata: Endless nature of creation. F

Ozomata: No end for man. M

Uhuotu: Rest. M

Note: Most of the meanings attributed are literal, and they are subject to corrections.

However, what is your traditional name? Do you know the meaning and mystery surrounding the name? If no, find out. If yes, post it as a comment below for us to learn.

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February 27, 2018

5 Best Indigenous Ebira Foods You Should Know. - With Pictures

The importance of good food in the world at large cannot be over hyped. Good food makes you feel good and healthy. Isn’t it? I can guess what your response is.

There are several kinds of local foods in Ebiraland which has been in existence since our great grandfather’s time.

These foods have been tagged theirs because they have found themselves fallen in love with the meal over and over again, however, the accessibility and abundance of some foods in some regions of Nigeria makes it easy for the inhabitants to claim it as theirs.

5 Best Ebira Traditional Foods

Today, I want to give you a peek into what the Ebira people of Nigeria call their own. They are locally made dishes prepared in the most intriguing way that will make your mouth salivate a lot. Lol

1. Uka (Yam or Cassava Flour).

Uka (Yam or Cassava Flour) is a delicious delicacy in Nigeria. It is made from yam or Cassava Flour flour which is dried and grinded into powder form. its also known as Amala in Yoruba Languge

This is prepared in hot water and stirred continuously until it becomes so fluffy and smooth. It can be eaten with any kind of soup you love. Though, drawl soups are usually chosen over other vegetables.

2. Iya (Pounded Yam)

Pounded yam, locally called ‘Iya’ is one of the most delicious meal eaten in the Kogi West, Kogi Central part of Kogi State.

Everybody appears to love it and claim it as their origin specific meal but Ekiti people seem to claim ‘Iya’ as their food more than any other state in Nigeria. But since Ebira People in that region only grow Yam in the farm so they claim it too.

3. Apapa (Ebira Moi Moi).

Apapa is another variety of beans that is so delicious to eat. It is eaten widely by Okene, Ogaminana, Ihima and other other parts of Ebiraland also have their own version and preparation styles.

This food is known as apapa, which when cooked properly can even be eaten as a snack. It looks like moi-moi but the colour is different.

Me Preparing Apapa.
It can be made with either Brown Beans, Black Eyed Beans or Lentils. It has diverse kind of packaging styles from aluminum foil to plastic bags, and containers, though it is safer and more nutritious to use the local Apapa leaves to package it as it is said to serve as an antioxidant to the Apapa wrapped in it.

4. Eva, Eba (Garri).

Eva/Eba/Garri – is a food commonly eaten by a large number of Nigerians, though Ebira  & Yoruba garri is whiter in colour like the picture above than the Igbo garri which looks yellow in colour.

Eva is made from cassava in powdered form. Eva is usually prepared by gently pouring the powdered cassava known as garri into hot water until it becomes slightly saturated.

This is stirred continuously to form a fluffy mixture that can be swallowed softly. Eva has a huge amount of calories that our body needs to be energized which is a whopping 357 calories in 100 grams.

Eva is usually eaten in the North Central, south-east, south-west and south-south of Nigeria, some other Africans like Togo and Ghana also eat garri.

5. Ove (Moi Moi Made From Water Yam)

Ove is one Ebira Traditional food that most Ebira youths don't know about, the reason may be because of the souce: Water Yam whichis known to Ebiras as Evina is not common anymore, you only see this in some parts of Ebira Peoples settlements.

Ove is commonly consumed by the Ebira people. It is a tasty, mouth-watering Moi-Moi made from water yam and other tasty ingredients such as vegetables, onions, palm oil, pepper, seasoning and salt to taste.

Water yam is known to be very nutritious with vitamins ranging from calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and copper.

It also contains vitamins C and E which have antioxidant properties. It has also been discovered to slow down ageing process in adults and it also fights diabetes.

To make it extra-ordinarily enjoyable, some crayfish and smoked fish may be added to the whole mixture.

Men i Love food ehn.

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Also read some of my articles on food:

  1. How To Cook Apapa, Ebira Peoples Moi Moi. : With Pictures
  2. How to Cook Ebira Ipapara Soup, meaning Melon Soup {Epi-papara}
  3. How To Cook Ebira Epehu Soup Popularly Known As Okra Soup.
  4. This Is How To Bake Banana Bread So Simple
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July 14, 2017

Watch Video Of Mercy Johnson Speaking Ebira In An Interview - So Funny.

I have watched this video over and over again and i know some of you might have not seen Mercy Johnson Ozioma Okojie speaking Ebira Language. But here on this post right now i present to you the veteran Okene-Born actress while speaking at an interview during her first program as the senior special assistant to Kogi State Governor on entertainments, Art and Culture.

This program is the very first ever summit on entertainment arts and culture in Kogi state, and she seams to be doing greatly fine as she speaks her mind on how the program is going to engage Kogi Youths positively but the most amazing part of the story is that she said everything in Ebira Language. To me its my first time of hearing her speak Ebira Language do you think its not true watch for your self below.

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March 11, 2017

Story: See How The Statement 'Ota Mi De, Adami Da' Caused havoc Between Ebira and Yoruba Friends.

Story: See How The Statement 'Ota Mi De, Adami Da' Caused havoc Between Ebira and Yoruba Friends.

One of the experience I had as a little boy that grow in Yoruba Land that I will never forget in my life is this story you are about to read please keep reading.

I sometimes think Mankind, in spite of our great divide in ethnic and racial origin, languages and culture, probably have something linking us together other than the fact that we are all God’s creation and regardless of the colour of our skin.

This leave me to depose that there is something fundamentally common to all of Mankind. And when I notice there are a
few words in most world languages that are quite identical in meaning and connotation as well as effect, I see a compelling reason to explore this notion a little bit further.

Yes. It is generally believed that most languages derive from basically the same source and that all human beings are basically the same.

The most intriguing of these observations, I like to share in this article, is the one I have observed between the Ebiras in Nigeria, as vividly captured in my graphic title to this article. ‘Ota mi de, Ada mi da’ is a classic to illustrate the point I want to make. The word ‘Ota’ in Ebira language means friend
whereas in Yoruba, the same word means enemy. By the same token, the word ‘Ada’ in Ebira means father, where as in Yoruba the same word means cutlass or sword. Of course, the word ‘Mi’ in Ebira and Yoruba simply means me or mine, and the word ‘De’, means has arrived in Yoruba but not in Ebira. Therefore, ‘Ota mi de, ada mi da Wave’ in Ebira simply means ‘My friend has arrived, where is my father’. In Yoruba, the same statement means, ‘My enemy is
here, get me my cutlass ’.
Can you imagine the cause and effect that the two statements may have provoked in two friends and classmates visiting each other during their long vacation in Nigeria?

The visiting friend was a Yoruba boy, and the
friend being visited is an Ebira boy and the venue was Igbole - Ekiti town, in Ekiti State.

There has not been any exchange of the Ebira popular mode of greetings which my friends used to joke, so much about, as a young boy growing up in Ekiti State as I played with my friends and age group whose Yoruba parents were our neighbours.

The words ‘Tao, wadahi, Akoro’ always feature very prominently in Ebira greetings.

But the observation I would never forget till
I die, is the story anchored on ‘Ota mi de, ada mi da Wave’ and the reactions or
responses it had provoked in the person making the statement and the hearer.

The Ebira friend was excited to want to introduce his visitor friend to his father by trying so hard to join Ebira with Yoruba, but his Yoruba friend had picked a different version of what is meant or intended. Of course, that was the end of the visit, as the Yoruba friend wondering what has gone wrong with his Ebira classmate, took to his heels, running as fast as he could, to get away from the looming disaster.

Those who argue there is power in the spoken word cannot be more correct. I think there is, without any question.

I drop my pen at this junction.

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Greetings In Ebira Language And The Meaning (Translation In English)

Greetings In Ebira Language And The Meaning (Translation In English) Media is here again to give you the best on Ebira Language and this time its Greetings in Ebira read them below and digest for those that are not that or not good at all in speaking Ebira Language.

Ebira - English

Wao - Hello

Wadahi - How are you?

Wao Wadahi - Hello How Are You.

Yene - Good morning greeting

Etemeya? - how are you (How is today)?

Azawu yo? How is your family?

Tao - Hello (Hi)! general greeting

Yanrodu - Good Afternoon

Yanroruva - Good Evening.

Taaru - Greeting for chief

Otaru - greeting spoken to a chief in the Ebira-Koto dialect.

Yanse - Welcome

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March 1, 2017


  • #Akhi - Eneben Ami -My Brother 
  • #Ukhti - Onyeiza Ami - My Sister 
  • #JazakAllah khair - Ohomorihi Odatuowu inoyiza 
  • #Ma sha Allah - Ohomorihi Osi - As - God has willed. 
  • #HayakAllah - Ohomorihi omuhuogodowu - May Allah give you life. 
  • #BarakAllahu Feek - Ohomorihi Osibarikatinisuwame - May Allah put baraka in what you are doing. #Wa feeka barakAllahu - Onirika Ohomorihi Oserewu - and May Allah bless you. 
  • #Wa iyyakum - Atewu - And to you #Alhamdu lillah - Praise be to Allah 
  •  #Allah - Ohomorihi Anavi ikonya - (the only Diety) 
  •  #Allahu Akbar - Ohomorihi Obanyi - Allah is the Greatest #Amanah - Ireiza 
  •  #Assalamu Aliykum - Engworo Ovetuwu - Peace be upon you the "official" Islamic greeting. 
  •  #Assalamu Aliykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh - Engworo oniri oyiza ohomorihi ovawu - "Peace and the Mercy and Blessings of God be upon you" Extended form of the above. 
  •  #Astaghfir Allah - Maapa Ojeive Hunuvo ohomorihi - I seek forgiveness from Allah - waaka wamebiraeneevoro inoze aheke (used when mentioning something that goes against the standards of Islam) 
  •  #Ayah/Ayat - Ini apara ewurehinta ini uwe-onini - Qur'anic verse 
  •  #Bid`ah - Davarisa kumaka asisowowa tini aheke - Innovation, addition to the religion's essentials 
  •  #Bukhari - Onovani ana chere uwe anari ihaditi anayetini Salih Bukhari - One of the most noted compilers of hadith. His collection is known as Sahih Bukhari #Bismillah hir-Rahman ar-Rahim - Inireha ohomorihi ananyi obanyihu anazujeiveyoza kumaka anazusuyarioza - In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful 
  •  #Da'wa - oyishozavinaheke ohomorihi - Invitation (for humankind to Islam) #Du`a - Adua - Supplication Feel free to correct any spelling or words. Thanks for your co-operative friends 
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