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While many people have postulated and opined what the name really means, there canโ€™t be said to be much consensus as to that meaning,
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Firstly I would like to reiterate that the name of an ethnic group does not always originate within that ethnic group, for instance the Yoruba used to refer to themselves as the anago or the aku people and the name Yoruba is alleged to have been given them by the Hausa in reference to someone who is tricky or untrustworthy, what ever the case thatโ€™s not our focus, itโ€™s just an example.
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About the name Igbo, many have suggested or assumed that it comes from Heebo, Eboe, or Ibo, that is entirely false narrative driven by an agenda, which is to make it look more it easier to draw similarity to Hebrew,
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However no Igbo clan or town or tribe ever refers to themselves or others as Ibo, Mr Ibu, Heebo or Eboe, in fact the first place we encounter these terms are in colonial texts or documents done by Portuguese or British cartographers and explorers, and the reason is simple, Portuguese for example does not have much of our sound case especially consonants, they do not have โ€œgbโ€ consonant sound, and so they did not speak the language, they will transcribe the names as it sounds in their ear based on their own native linguistic rules, thus itโ€™s easy to transcribe Igbo into Heebo or Eboe, that is what they can pronounce, to further buttress my point further consider how Igbuzo was anglicized to Ibusa and Enugwu to Enugu, also the Portuguese had transcribed Ibinu in their texts to Beny, which morphed to Benin,
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Thus I donโ€™t understand the rationale of elevating a western corruption of your native tribe to a factual and legitimate status except out of mischief,
Heebo, Eboe and Ibo are all Western corruptions of Igbo and have no meaning to the indigenous neither do the spellings even respect our linguistic structures,
Olauda who uses the erroneous spellings in his work, I donโ€™t blame him, he received his literary training from the colonists where he spent most of his life,
Some have tried to link Igbo through this fraudulent link to Hebrew, and thus have created synonyms such as Igbrew, Hibu, Hibru, well other than having no factual basis nor oral traditional support these are mere fabrications from the imagination and does not mean anything to the indigenous people, or at best they are mere assumptions
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The name Hebrew itself is an English rendition or corruption of the original Ivriyyim which means of Abraham(Abraham equally being an English rendition itself)
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There many examples of English corruptions on which false similarities are created and on which if the actual corrections to the original Hebrew are made will dismantle all perceived similarities, one example is the Word Jew, Jew is an English word
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The original Hebrew is โ€œYahudiโ€ while Judah is Yahuda, James is Yakov, Elijah is Aliyahu etc
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One important example is equally the name Eri found in the English translation of the Bible which in the original Hebrew is actually Arai this dismantling any perceived similarities
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Others have tried to link Igbo to gboo thus they say Igbo means ndi gboo meaning ancient people, well while these seems more credible than the very first examples, but ndi gboo is just what it is โ€œndi gbooโ€ while ndi Igbo is ndi Igbo, they are not just the same besides a large chunk of Igbo land uses Oche or ochie or akani/okani to refer to ancient, if it was โ€œndi gbooโ€ then it would have been gboo people and not Igbo people, you know just as we have gbagyi people or gboko, gboo and Igbo do not have the same etymology, neither do they have the same intonation, the double stressed vowel (oo) in gbโ€ooโ€ is what gives it itโ€™s meaning, it wouldnโ€™t mean the same thing if written as gbo, this gboo is gboo and Igbo is Igbo
๐Ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ โ€œ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จโ€
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐จ-๐Š๐ฐ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ฐ๐š ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ซ ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐จ-๐Š๐ฐ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐๐ฒ๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ ๐ž๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง (๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ค๐š๐ก ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž)
๐๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐˜๐จ๐ซ๐ฎ๐›๐จ๐ข๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ ๐”๐ ๐›๐จ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ฃ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ž๐ค๐ข๐ซ๐ข,
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ฎ/๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ
๐“๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ
๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ฌ๐ซ๐š๐ž๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐จ๐œ๐š๐›๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž, ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ก๐š ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐œ ๐๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ
๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐๐๐ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ โ€œ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ค๐ค๐šโ€ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐„๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข, ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐„๐ณ๐ž, ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐”๐ค๐ฐ๐ฎ, ๐ˆ๐ ๐›๐จ ๐”๐ณ๐จ
It was used by our ancestors to refer to the people and the community at large and with time just like in the case of Bantu which means the same thing, it coalesced into an ethnic identity even encompassing Oru eventually.

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