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 (ĭg′bō) also I·bo (ē′bō)
n. pl. Igbo or Ig·bos also Ibo or I·bos
1. A member of a people inhabiting southeast Nigeria.
2. The Benue-Congo language of the Igbo.
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n, pl -bo or -bos
1. (Languages) a variant spelling of Ibo
2. (Peoples) a variant spelling of Ibo
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(ˈi boʊ)

n., pl. I•bos, (esp. collectively) I•bo.
1. a member of an African people of SE Nigeria, living mainly N and NE of the Niger River delta.
2. the Kwa language of the Ibo.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Igbo - a member of the largest ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria; "most Igbo are farmers"
ethnic group, ethnos - people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture
Nigerian - a native or inhabitant of Nigeria
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Unfortunately, the shenanigan did not pay off on the home front, though the Igbos in the diaspora fall prey.
Femi Fani-Kayode has said the various prayer sessions being conducted by former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon will remain a waste if he does not apologise to the Igbos over the genocide against the group during the Civil War.
A statement, supposedly emanating from Eze Nri, the historic spiritual head of Igbos, declared that at the end of December, there would be a cleansing and forgiveness ceremony to abolish the discriminatory Osu caste system and others that conferred low status (slavery even) to particular groups.
Among the Igbos, a child is not named at birth--a child is to be named seven or twelve days after birth; the days allow for solemn meditation on what name or names the child will bear; and every adult member of the nuclear family can suggest a name for the child.
His war narrative condemns the domineering attitude of the Igbos who, according to the author, dragged other ethnic minorities of the defunct Eastern region into a senseless and brutal war.
"Hometown Associations as Shadow States: The Case of Igbos and Yorubas in Kano." In Hometown Associations: Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Nigeria, edited by Rex Honey and Stanley I.
In the hope of changing how staff deal with their clinical errors, the study, called I Got Burnt Once, details "IGBOs" - near-misses or mistakes - which impacted on patient safety.
However, what I did not see in this work is a discussion of the current or more recent situation in Nigeria in general and Igboland in particular, and the link between the path that the Igbos travelled during the colonial era, and the current political instability in Nigeria.
With it, she offers hope in the future, which is what, we imagine, the Igbos would have marshaled so that they could carry on.
In his highly thoughtful study, Poison and Medicine, Douglas Anthony uses the relationship between Igbos and Hausas in Kano, Nigeria during the period of the Nigerian Civil War to demonstrate that, depending on who wields it, ethnic identity can be used for violence or benevolence.
Igbos are the third largest of Nigeria's nearly 250 ethnic groups, numbering approximately 20 million.
Thus, adherents to this school would attribute the change in cooperative behavior among the Igbos to economic development.