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7 Words you’d find in both the Igbo and Yoruba languages and what they really mean!


Igbo and Yoruba – Nigerians from different tribes have more in common than they think. When someone says “One Nigeria”, many Nigerians internally scoff. Some even go as far as doing it on the outside. This is because Nigeria is full of many tribes who do not seem to have a lot in common.


But when you look closely, many Nigerian tribes have many things in common such as culture, food and even languages. The Yorubas and Igbos may seem to be as different as the sun and moon. But they have lots in common, especially in language. Here are 7 words you’d find in both Yoruba and Igbo languages, although they may have different meanings and pronunciations:

7.  Jide


It’s pretty amazing how two different tribes can have the same name for male children. Though to be fair in Igbo, this name is the short form of Jideofor. In Yoruba, Jide is the short form of Babajide, Olajide etc. In Igbo, Jide means to hold. While in Yoruba, it can mean “has come/resurfaced”.

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