Sunday, 29 January 2012

Project Milestone - [Disambiguation] How many Igbos?


Editorial:

Our graphic comes from  a 'mash-up' of the front cover and first page from Chapter 1 of a publication (2005) of the Commission for Africa (CFA). Yet we are disambiguating a little at this point, because if you look at the section highlighted in green at the top rightmost area on that right page, - an Igbo proverb has been quoted (?) - That's not an Igbo proverb at all. It doesn't even look like Igbo language, unless of course the authors' know something we don't. (Sorry to make you squint).

The world must know by now that Igbos love their proverbs, but when other interests start to misquote or misrepresent the language, then it is definitely time to 'talk' back or rewrite stuff.
The title on the cover page 'Our common interest' and the the title on that first page 'The Case for Action' are all enlisted in our efforts at disambiguation. It might be that the publishers of the CFA, know of an Igbo people elsewhere who speak and write in the manner used in the highlighted proverb (Hence the query in our own blog post title - How many Igbos?). 

And here's what our disambiguation means. Semantically, if you are Igbo, and you can read and write, then the time is now! Seize the space! Add your dots,dashes,diacritics and disambiguate a little. All over the world! 

To disambiguate means: To establish a single grammatical or semantic interpretation for [something].
Compare at the TFD: Disambiguation.

Nothing here is meant to detract from 'the [general] message or work' of the Commission for Africa. Visit.
There still is no excuse for confusing us with their efforts at Igbo Proverb making. :-)
A typo maybe?

The artwork is from scanned pages from their book and a new hand pointing gesture
in abstracted Biafran colours. Rendered in Photoshop as a .TIF

It is your Project Milestone at 30%

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Proverb #300


Anyụọ nsị ma akahụ ya ọnụ ya awọọ [aghọọ] otoro.


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Friday, 27 January 2012

Proverb #299


Ajụo nkwụ kapịma ọnụ o ruola mgbupu.



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Proverb #298


Okenye dibia gbawa aja, ya dị ka o ji ụmụ mmụọ n'aka.


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Proverb #297


Ọ wụ onye nọ nuru n'ulo ma ihie ekwe na-akụ.


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Proverb #296


Kam richaa m ihie m, anụhụ na-mmanya...



Ilu Papa - Onye Owerri, Mbieri.









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Proverb #295


Ke[e] aji n'ume.







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Proverb #294


Emeghee - [ịị] nwata eze.


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Proverb #293


Ọ wụịghị, alụịghị chaa gị nwanyị, abịa nyekwa gị ute, e ji-ajịa!


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Proverb #292


Aka gbajie igwe, ụjọ atụwa osisi.




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Proverb #291


Kọwara na'yi iluli. Ọ wụ onye ihworihwo!


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Proverb #290


Ọnwụ anaghị eshi ezi kama ọ [wụ] ihworihwo na-eshi ezi.


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Proverb #289


Gị foo [chaa] nkịta ákpí, ge shi ya hụ, o ma chee shi kpịrị ya mvọ!

I decided to try a literal translation since I could have easily said - 'Justice must not always be done, but it must be seen to have been done' ; or the biblical one 'Provide for things honest in the sight of all men - (See Romans 12:17) . So my literal translation?

Goom your dog, rid it of fleas, but always show it, so there is no mistaking your motions for a pinch, perhaps


... Also - ákpí is akpị-nkịta, some say akpịrị ... but whether us or them, the proverb teaches that sometimes your 'good' is best done openly with suitable pointers and directions given to certain quarters. Never let your 'good' be evil spoken of. That's also biblical. [See Romans 14:16] ...

And ndị Igbo have always known. :-)

Angles and Shades: By Kelechi Isiodu

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Proverb #288


Atụpuo ala,ahụ mmụọ.


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Proverb #287


Nwatakịrị anaghị agbaghara mbembe ya na ọsọ.


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Proverb #286


A kpakwana agụ aka n'ọdụ. Ma ọ dị ndụ, ma ọ nwụrụ anwụ.

- abụ agha ndị Igbo.



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Proverb #285


Agha ga-esu esu, ọ gaghi egwe.



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Proverb #284


Diọka anaghị eri ọbụnọ

- ilulu ndị umudioka




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Proverb #283


Dọọ onwe gị aka na-nti!



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Proverb #282


Akụ dị n'ogwu.


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Proverb #281


Nka dị na ntị


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Nka di na nti
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Proverb #280


Iro obi ka nshi!


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Proverb #279


Nwata jụmiee oke ajụjụ, e buru ụzọ foo ya eze elu.




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Proverb #278


Onye sị nanị ya biri,ya chetakwanụ afọ nka ya.


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Proverb #277


Ebe ọbụla nwata si lo ụwa,ya hiri!


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Proverb #276


Amaha nkwa emege hiee?

-ajụjụ ndị Igbo.




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Proverb #275


Gị gbaami ishi akwụra ... leekwa Arụ nụ ndụ.

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Proverb #274


Ụbịam na Ụghalama wụ otu ihie!


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Proverb #273


Ọ gwaala aja, uru abahụzị!


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Proverb #272


Billards Playing in a Nigerian ? Village?

Ahụghị nke e-mere, e-mee nke ahụrụ.

In the absence of what's preferred, you make do with what's available. That is the meaning of innovation and always, necessity is the mother of invention - that's also the sense and meaning of our proverb and nothing says it like this embedded photograph.

The picture then and it's 1000 words.

Editorial. Photo:
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Monday, 23 January 2012

Proverb #271


A na-ebu ala ebu?

- ajụjụ ndị Igbo.







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Proverb #270


“Ị kaa nka ị ghọta, ije.


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Proverb #269


Kedụ ebe mmiri shi baa n'opi ụgbọhọrị?

- ajụjụ ndị Igbo.









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Proverb #268


Akachaa Akara, Akaa Uhie.

 

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Proverb #267


Kedụ ka eke si anya anwụ?

- ajụjụ ndị Igbo.











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Proverb #266


Vuum ka nma karia statimenti.



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Proverb #265


A na-ekwu ekwu, a na-eme eme.


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Proverb #264


“... Adi[ghị] ama ama Onitsha gwara Obosi.



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Proverb #263


Ana agwọ ibi, ọ n'eto afọ!


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Proverb #262


Agwọ ofu onye fụụ bụ eke.


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Proverb #261


Eze pụọ, Eze anọchie!


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Proverb #260


Oke nyara akpa, azụ agwụ n'amkpọ.


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Proverb #259


Nkịta nyara akpa, nsị agwụ n'ọhịa.


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Proverb #258


Diochi anaghị akọcha ihe ọhụrụ n'elu nkwụ.


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Proverb #257


Ezi okwu na-adị ilu na ntị, ma emechaa ọ ghọrọ ndụ.

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Proverb #256


Mbirimbi ụkwụ Wụ nwụkwa.


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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Proverb #255


Mmadụ [na-a]bụ chi ibe ya.


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Proverb #254


Ihie shiee ike, e liwe ya ọmu!


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Proverb #253


Ọwu ihie mere n'ụlọ ka-eji ama atu n'ama!


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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Proverb #252


Bekee wụ Agbara ...


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Proverb #251


Onye na-achu agwọ na achụ aramara.


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Proverb #250


Nga apatapata ụkwụ nwanyị ha, ya akụgide di ya.


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Proverb #249


Ihe ana eji eri ụtara wụ maka mmiri ya.


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Proverb #248


Ishi opi wụ tụụụ!


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Proverb #247


Mgbe amụrụ dike na mba ka amụrụ ibe ya.


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Proverb #246


Ahụ n'anya, ekwe.


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Proverb #245


Kpu mkpu ụlọ gwara ụmụ ya: 'Ihie dị ọkụ ga-emechaa jụọ oyi'.

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Proverb #244


Igbo Enwe[ghị] Eze.


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Proverb #243


Eju ọcha rama shi, ma-ejiri ọkụkọ akpụka!


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Proverb #242


Nwayọ Nwayọ ka-eji arachaa ofe d'ọkụ.


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Proverb #241


Ụba biri na mmadụ.


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Proverb #240


Akwaa aja, ahụ ogu.



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Proverb #239


Gị janwoo nwa enwu, ya wujiwa ụkwụ na aka.

- ilu mama m ha: -  ndi Isi ala Ngwa.




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Proverb #238


Ọtụtụrụ okwu anọhụ n'ụka mgbede!



Contributed By Kelechi Isiodu, Umunjam, Mbieri.
[Variants Contributed x 1 ] Bob Oji: 
Otutu okwu adiro n'uka mgbede]]
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