Today, we bring you some Isoko and Igbo identical animal names. And then, we’ll briefly tell you the background story behind them.
The Isoko call horse Anyenya while the Igbos call it Anyinya
The Isoko call monkey Enwe while the Igbos call it Enwe
The Isoko call elephant Eni, while the igbos call it Enyi
The Isoko call pig Esi, while the Igbos call it Ezi
These identical animal names show the deep links between the Igbo and the Isoko people. Below are 2 instances of these links.
1. The Isoko people of Igbide have part Igbo ancestry. The Igbide people originated from three main places: Awka, Mgbidi and Effurun. See the article we wrote about this.
2. The Isoko nation has the Ukwani/Ndokwa/Kwale Igbo nation as their neighbours. Over time words have certainly been borrowed by both nations.
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