Ogba (Ọgba)

Ogba is a member of the Igboid branch of the Volta-Niger language family. It is spoken by about 334,000 people in southern Nigeria, particularly in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni LGA of Rivers State, and also in Delta, Imo and Bayelsa states.

This language is also known Olu Ogba, Olu Ọgba or Ogbah. Dialects include East Ogbah, Igburu-Usomini, South Ogbah and West Ogbah.

Ogba was first written in the early 20th century. Since then various spelling systems using the Latin script have been devised for it. The current one is based on the Igbo orthography.

Ogba alphabet and pronunciation

Ogba alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Ogba (Excel)

Sample text (Mark 14: 29-31)

  1. Pità lé sà wá: “Ó̱ bú̱ri kà ó̱sá wo̱ gbà-dè-bèkàmà yí̱, mmú̱ kádí̱gú̱ yi̱ ò gbàdédé!”
  2. Jisò̱s lé Pità kwúní wá: “Ikwúní yi̱ ezukwu-okwu, yá àbàlì̱a mà ábu̱pò̱rì̱ óknó-nnù̱nù̱ gbú mgbú-é̱kwna è̱bò̱, ì̱ bì̱ gó̱-chamam ngó̱-chama e̱to̱.”
  3. Pità lé okwu kwúbèmá a-àkwúbè wá: “Ó̱ bú̱rì̱ ka m’ba snòbéyi nwu̱ anwu̱, n’ka di̱gu̱ yi̱ o̱go-chama.” Gbe̱ go̱ kà ò̱sà ndé ózni nde ò̱zô̱ ndò̱ kwùkàmà.

Source: https://ogba-obtlt.org/bible.php

Note: in the orthography used in the sample text, the dot below vowels is replaced by a line, and the high tone is marked with an acute accent (á).


  1. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
  2. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
  3. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Source: Bible Gateway

Sample videos in Ogba


Information about Ogba

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: 11.01.23. Last modified: 11.01.23


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