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Igbo, Nigeria

“Asụsụ Ndụ – The Language of Life”

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Language Overview

Igbo. Family: Niger-Congo. Predominantly spoken in Nigeria. Over 24 million native speakers.
Market Insights
Rising use of digital platforms. Traditional media like radio holds significance. Youth increasingly embracing online content.
Cultural Context
Varies from formal to informal. Strong oral tradition. Rich in proverbs and idiomatic expressions.
Writing System and Typography
Latin script with unique diacritics like “ụ” and “ọ”. LTR flow. Fonts need to support specific diacritics.
Phonetics and Phonology
Tonal language. Three primary tones. Pronunciation can be challenging due to tones and nasal sounds.
Grammatical Structure
Subject-Verb-Object (SVO). Tense and aspect important. Igbo has a rich system of noun classification.
Media and Text Layout
Text often expands 10-20% from English. About 35-40 characters per line for subtitles.
Localization Challenges
Translating proverbs and idioms. Maintaining cultural essence in translation.
Technical Considerations
Unicode support for diacritics. Compatibility with digital platforms in Nigeria.
Other information
Igbo music and dance are deeply embedded in its cultural fabric.
Our Human Voices
  • IGBM01_Jerrt
  • IGBM02_Sam
  • IGBM03_Tony
  • IGBF04_Dana
  • IGBF05_Terra
  • IGBF06_Ksu
  • IGBM07_Huns

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