Some Words You Will Find In Both The Igbo And Yoruba Languages But With Different Meanings

Some Words You Will Find In Both The Igbo And Yoruba Languages But With Different Meanings

Today we bring you 8 words you will find in both Yoruba and Igbo languages, although they may have different meanings and pronunciations:

1. Ile
Any Yoruba person will tell you that this word means “House”. In the Igbo language, this word means “Tongue”.

2. Enu
In Igbo, enu means “Up” while in Yoruba, it refers to the Mouth.

3. Owu
Can you believe this word means the same thing in both languages? Yes, it does. Owu is both the Yoruba and Igbo word for Thread.

4. Ede
Ede is the Yoruba word for language. It is also the Igbo word for Cocoyam.

5. Olaniyi
In Igbo “Olaniyi” means “Someone that has no value, a waste!” In Yoruba is a name, not just a Name,perhaps it’s a name per excellence which means “Wealth Has Value“. But imagine what the meaning was in Igbo language, someone can’t bear Olaniyi in the east in peace �

6. Aja
Aja is found in both languages albeit with different meanings. In Igbo, Aja means Sand. But it means Dog in Yoruba.

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”.

8. Oja
When someone says the word “oja” in Yoruba, they mean market. In Igbo, Oja is the name given to the flute.

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