Edo is a Volta-Niger language spoken by about a million people in Edo State in southern Nigeria, and also in Sao Tomé-et-Principe. It is also known as Benin, Bini, Addo, Oviedo or Ovioba.
Edo is mainly an oral language, however there is some written material, including dictionaries, textbooks and historical texts.
Hear the Edo alphabet
Emwan ne agbon hia ne a biere, a bie iran noyan-egbe iran kevbe wee, umwon-mwen o ree etin hia ne o kheke iran khin. A ye ewaen kevbe ekhoe ne o maa wu iran, ne iran gha yin da egbe vbe orhion oghe eten-okpa.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about Edo
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