Ikwerre

Ikwerre is a member of the Igboid branch of the Volta-Niger language family. It is spoken by about 200,000 people mainly in Rivers State in southern Nigeria, in particular in the Emuoha, Ikwerre, Obio-Akpor, and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas(LGAs). There are also speakers of Ikwerre in the Ohaji-Egbema LGA of Imo State.

This language is also known as as Ikwere, Ikwerri or Ìwhnuruòhnà. Dialects include Apani, Akpo-Mgbu-Tolu, Ogbakiri, Emowhua, Ndele, Elele, Omerelu, Egbedna, Aluu, Igwuruta, Ibaa, Isiokpo, Omagwna, Ubima, Ipo, Omudioga, Obio, Rumuji and Omuanwa.

Ikwerre has been written with the Latin script since the 1980s. It is used in literature and the media.

Ikwerre alphabet and pronunciation

Ikwerre alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Ikwerre (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Ọ kanụ be, “Nga anụ neekpe, anụ kaa, ‘Nda aị, rẹwhna ị bụru nhne zị nsọ. Ẹlị-eze ị va.
  2. Nyee aị wiri tna, ke joozunu aị ọbochi tna.
  3. Gbarụnu aị mmehie aị, lele kpa a jaagbarụnu ele mehieru aị. I yísi aị nụ rime nhne ọrnurna.’”

Source: Bible.com

Translation

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: Bible Gateway

Sample videos in Ikwerre

Information about Ikwerre | Numbers

Links

Information about Ikwerre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikwerre_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ikw
https://www.ikwerreworld.org/

Volta-Niger languages

Aja, Ayizo, Edo, Ewe, Fon, Gen, Igala, Igbo, Ikwerre, Isoko, Nupe, Ogba, Urhobo, Yorùbá

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 10.01.23. Last modified: 10.01.23

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