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History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by tochukwuifeduba: 5:05pm On Aug 26, 2015
History Of Nsibidi the Ancient Igbo Alphabet; Britain Destroyed Igbo Civilization

Nsibidi (also known as nsibiri, nchibiddi or nchibiddy) is a system of symbols indigenous to what is now southeastern Nigeria that is apparently an ideographic script, though there have been suggestions that it includeslogographic elements.The symbols are at least several centuries old: Early forms appeared on excavated pottery as well as what are most likely ceramic stools and headrests from the Calabar region, with a range of dates from 400 to 1400 CE.
There are thousands of nsibidi symbols, of which over 500 have been recorded. They were once taught in a school to children.Many of the signs deal with love affairs; those that deal with warfare and the sacred are kept secret.Nsibidi is used on wall designs, calabashes, metals (such as bronze), leaves, swords, and tattoos. It is primarily used by the Ekpe leopard secret society (also known as Ngbe or Egbo), which is found across Cross River among the Ekoi, Efik, Igbo people, and other nearby peoples.
Outside knowledge of nsibidi came in 1904 when T.D. Maxwell noticed the symbols. Before the British colonisation of the area, nsibidi was divided into a sacred version and a public, more decorative version which could be used by women.Aspects of colonisation such as Western education and Christian doctrine drastically reduced the number of nsibidi-literate people, leaving the secret society members as some of the last literate in the symbols. Nsibidi was and is still a means of transmitting Ekpe symbolism. Nsibidi was transported to Cuba and Haiti via the Atlantic slave trade, where it developed into the anaforuana and veve symbols.
The origin of nsibidi is most commonly attributed to the Ejagham people of the northern Cross River region, mostly because colonial administrators found the largest and most diverse nsibidi among them. Nsibidi spread throughout the region over time and mixed with other cultures and art forms such as the Igbo uri or uli graphic design. In 1909 J. K. Macgregor who collected nsibidi symbols claimed that nsibidi was traditionally said to have come from the Uguakima, Ebe or Uyanga tribes of the Igbo people, which legend says were taught the script by baboons, although one writer believes Macgregor had been misled by his informants
Nsibidi has a wide vocabulary of signs usually imprinted on calabashes, brass ware, textiles, wood sculptures, masquerade costumes, buildings and on human skin. Nsibidi has been described as a "fluid system" of communication consisting of hundreds of abstract and pictographic signs. Nsibidi was described in the colonial era by P.A. Talbot as "a kind of primitive secret writing", Talbot explained that nsibidi was used for messages "cut or painted on split palm stems". J.K. Macgregor's view was that "The use of nsibidi is that of ordinary writing. I have in my possession a copy of the record of a court case from a town of Enion [Enyong] taken down in it, and every detail ... is most graphically described". Nsibidi crossed ethnic lines and was a uniting factor among ethnic groups in the Cross River region

http://ifedubatochukwu..co.ke/2015/08/history-of-nsibidi-ancient-igbo.html

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by Unsad(m): 5:06pm On Aug 26, 2015
Ok
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by olafum1(m): 5:10pm On Aug 26, 2015
Yea cool
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by asha80(m): 5:10pm On Aug 26, 2015
Afam4eva please to culture section

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by tpiander: 5:14pm On Aug 26, 2015
*sigh*

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by nedu2000(m): 5:19pm On Aug 26, 2015
*in tears* so my tribe weren't savages afterall,we had a written language.
E no go better for those colonialists oh.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by Nobody: 5:23pm On Aug 26, 2015
nedu2000:
*in tears* so my tribe weren't savages afterall,we had a written language.
E no go better for those colonialists oh.
it was bishop samuel ajayi crowther that taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names. Before that, there was no way they could write their names.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by cheruv: 5:37pm On Aug 26, 2015
1toRtoiSe1:
it was bishop samuel ajayi crowther that taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names. Before that, there was no way they could write their names.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by psucc(m): 5:45pm On Aug 26, 2015
OP the word 'Nsibidi' is term in Efik that once mentioned in the presence of the elderlies, eyebrows are raised.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by LoveMachine(m): 6:21pm On Aug 26, 2015
psucc:
OP the word 'Nsibidi' is term in Efik that once mentioned in the presence of the elderlies, eyebrows are raised.

Please explain. Do tell.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by nedu2000(m): 10:14am On Aug 27, 2015
1toRtoiSe1:
it was bishop samuel ajayi crowther that taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names. Before that, there was no way they could write their names.
b4 the 'current ibo alphabets' according to the original poster,we had ours.pls don't be a killjoy na

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by Nobody: 12:04pm On Aug 27, 2015
1toRtoiSe1:
it was bishop samuel ajayi crowther that taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names. Before that, there was no way they could write their names.

Bishop Crowther worked with a team of literate Igbo missionaries/translators (including J. C. Taylor, who went on to finish his own Igbo translation of the New Testament) to produce the first Igbo primer. And they used an orthography that has since become obsolete.

If this is what you are understand as 'crowther taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names', then I fear you may be incapable of passing a verbal reasoning test. undecided

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by Nobody: 12:51pm On Aug 27, 2015
Radoillo:


Bishop Crowther worked with a team of literate Igbo missionaries/translators (including J. C. Taylor, who went on to finish his own Igbo translation of the New Testament) to produce the first Igbo primer. And they used an orthography that has since become obsolete.

If this is what you are understand as 'crowther taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names', then I fear you may be incapable of passing a verbal reasoning test. undecided
he didn't work with a team, he headed the team.

Bishop Ajayi Crowther taught ibos how to spell their names and write in igbo language. #FACT!

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by lawani: 8:03am On Jan 13, 2017
THE IDEA OF A WRITTEN SCRIPT WITH WHICH PEOPLE SPEAKING DIFFERENT LANGUGES CAN COMMUNICATE IS VERY GOOD. IT IS USED IN CHINA. IT IS CALLED AROKO IN YORUBA BUT NOT DEVELOPED LIKE NSIBIDI. SUCH A SCRIPT SHOULD BE TAUGHT GLOBALLY. THEN THE BRITISH REALLY HELPED IGBOS! IF NOT FOR THE BRITISH WHERE WILL IGBOS BE TODAY? IGBOS ARE THE MAJOR AFRICAN GROUP OPENED UP BY EUROPEAN COLONISATION AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF LOCKING IN THEMSELVES WITH THE PHILOSOPHY 'IGBO ENWEGHI EZE'. IGBOS NEED TO BE GRATEFUL TO THE BRITISH MORE THAN OTHERS. YORUBA, HAUSA, ETC WERE ALREADY MODERN EARTH NATIONS WITH HUGE CITIES BEFORE COLONISATION BUT NOT SO FOR THE MAJORITY OF IGBOS SAVE AROCHUKWU. THAT IS WHY IN AFRICA, IGBOS ARE THE BIGGEST GROUP TO BE OPENED UP OR UPGRADED BY EUROPEANS

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by RedboneSmith(m): 9:01am On Jan 13, 2017
lawani:
THE IDEA OF A WRITTEN SCRIPT WITH WHICH PEOPLE SPEAKING DIFFERENT LANGUGES CAN COMMUNICATE IS VERY GOOD. IT IS USED IN CHINA. IT IS CALLED AROKO IN YORUBA BUT NOT DEVELOPED LIKE NSIBIDI. SUCH A SCRIPT SHOULD BE TAUGHT GLOBALLY. THEN THE BRITISH REALLY HELPED IGBOS! IF NOT FOR THE BRITISH WHERE WILL IGBOS BE TODAY? IGBOS ARE THE MAJOR AFRICAN GROUP OPENED UP BY EUROPEAN COLONISATION AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF LOCKING IN THEMSELVES WITH THE PHILOSOPHY 'IGBO ENWEGHI EZE'. IGBOS NEED TO BE GRATEFUL TO THE BRITISH MORE THAN OTHERS. YORUBA, HAUSA, ETC WERE ALREADY MODERN EARTH NATIONS WITH HUGE CITIES BEFORE COLONISATION BUT NOT SO FOR THE MAJORITY OF IGBOS SAVE AROCHUKWU. THAT IS WHY IN AFRICA, IGBOS ARE THE BIGGEST GROUP TO BE OPENED UP OR UPGRADED BY EUROPEANS

Bros, shut up

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by Emperormartin(m): 6:41pm On Mar 26, 2017
I doubt, seriously I doubt those nsibidi igbo names you mentioned there...

Some igbo names with CHI as a prefix or suffix e.g onyekachi, Chidimma are post colonial names. I mean people started answering the name after Christianity was introduced in this region.

But you claim nsibidi was before Christian era...

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by LilTyRoNe: 9:09pm On Mar 26, 2017
he didn't work with a team, he headed the team.

Bishop Ajayi Crowther taught ibos how to spell their names and write in igbo language. #FACT!

And if i may ask who is B.Ajayi crowther?A yoruba? Am curious

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by uzoexcel(m): 9:56am On Apr 09, 2017
Good one op
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by baby124: 6:44am On Apr 10, 2017
Insibidi existed but these scripts are fake. First we didn't have mirrors. That came with Oyinbo's. So how are ancients translating mirror biko? Also the prefix Chi, is not an ancient Igbo form of naming and would not have existed in Nsibidi text

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by kingston277(m): 9:08pm On May 17, 2017
The examples Op listed were obtained from the 19th/early 20th century. However the script is indeed from the first millennia AD.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nsibidi

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by uzoexcel(m): 8:57am On Jun 18, 2017
If u v no knowledge of ur history dnt come spewing this....chi and chukwu v always existed before the white man came..
What he did was t tell you that 'that chukwu you people have been talking about was the one that sent his son to die in Jerusalem 2000 years ago smiley
And we believed it hook line and sinker...how dumb could we be.
Could they v told the Indians that Krishna was jesus/God from Jerusalem....those ones woulda lynched them

Emperormartin:
I doubt, seriously I doubt those nsibidi igbo names you mentioned there...

Some igbo names with CHI as a prefix or suffix e.g onyekachi, Chidimma are post colonial names. I mean people started answering the name after Christianity was introduced in this region.

But you claim nsibidi was before Christian era...

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by lawani: 6:53pm On Aug 20, 2017
Igbo civilization consisted of villagers who don't leave their villages at all. They were isolated like the Koma people discovered a while ago. You prefer that to the civilization brought by the British?.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by googi: 3:12am On Aug 21, 2017
If the op is a scholar, I could have called his lie intellectual dishonesty.

Isibidi is NOT ANCIENT IGBO ALPHABET

Compare the heading to the body in the text.

The origin of nsibidi is most commonly attributed to the Ejagham people of the northern Cross River region, mostly because colonial administrators found the largest and most diverse nsibidi among them. Nsibidi spread throughout the region over time and mixed with other cultures and art forms such as the Igbo uri or uli graphic design.

You do not take credit away and usurp it fom other people. Stop this nonsense. it the written language of Ekoi

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by kanubiafra: 9:15pm On Mar 27, 2018
it was bishop samuel ajayi crowther that taught the ibos the current ibo alphabets which they now use in spelling their names. Before that, there was no way they could write their names.
SHUTUP
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by superlightning: 4:23pm On Dec 15, 2018
googi:
If the op is a scholar, I could have called his lie intellectual dishonesty.

Isibidi is NOT ANCIENT IGBO ALPHABET

Compare the heading to the body in the text.



You do not take credit away and usurp it fom other people. Stop this nonsense. it the written language of Ekoi

May insecurity not kill you. He was quoting an excerpt from Wikipedia so why the rant? NSIBIDI cuts across different tribes, DEAL WITH IT.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by ImperialYoruba: 8:12pm On Dec 15, 2018
tochukwuifeduba:
History Of Nsibidi the Ancient Igbo Alphabet; Britain Destroyed Igbo Civilization

Nsibidi (also known as nsibiri, nchibiddi or nchibiddy) is a system of symbols indigenous to what is now southeastern Nigeria that is apparently an ideographic script, though there have been suggestions that it includeslogographic elements.The symbols are at least several centuries old: Early forms appeared on excavated pottery as well as what are most likely ceramic stools and headrests from the Calabar region, with a range of dates from 400 to 1400 CE.
There are thousands of nsibidi symbols, of which over 500 have been recorded. They were once taught in a school to children.Many of the signs deal with love affairs; those that deal with warfare and the sacred are kept secret.Nsibidi is used on wall designs, calabashes, metals (such as bronze), leaves, swords, and tattoos. It is primarily used by the Ekpe leopard secret society (also known as Ngbe or Egbo), which is found across Cross River among the Ekoi, Efik, Igbo people, and other nearby peoples.
Outside knowledge of nsibidi came in 1904 when T.D. Maxwell noticed the symbols. Before the British colonisation of the area, nsibidi was divided into a sacred version and a public, more decorative version which could be used by women.Aspects of colonisation such as Western education and Christian doctrine drastically reduced the number of nsibidi-literate people, leaving the secret society members as some of the last literate in the symbols. Nsibidi was and is still a means of transmitting Ekpe symbolism. Nsibidi was transported to Cuba and Haiti via the Atlantic slave trade, where it developed into the anaforuana and veve symbols.
The origin of nsibidi is most commonly attributed to the Ejagham people of the northern Cross River region, mostly because colonial administrators found the largest and most diverse nsibidi among them. Nsibidi spread throughout the region over time and mixed with other cultures and art forms such as the Igbo uri or uli graphic design. In 1909 J. K. Macgregor who collected nsibidi symbols claimed that nsibidi was traditionally said to have come from the Uguakima, Ebe or Uyanga tribes of the Igbo people, which legend says were taught the script by baboons, although one writer believes Macgregor had been misled by his informants
Nsibidi has a wide vocabulary of signs usually imprinted on calabashes, brass ware, textiles, wood sculptures, masquerade costumes, buildings and on human skin. Nsibidi has been described as a "fluid system" of communication consisting of hundreds of abstract and pictographic signs. Nsibidi was described in the colonial era by P.A. Talbot as "a kind of primitive secret writing", Talbot explained that nsibidi was used for messages "cut or painted on split palm stems". J.K. Macgregor's view was that "The use of nsibidi is that of ordinary writing. I have in my possession a copy of the record of a court case from a town of Enion [Enyong] taken down in it, and every detail ... is most graphically described". Nsibidi crossed ethnic lines and was a uniting factor among ethnic groups in the Cross River region

http://ifedubatochukwu..co.ke/2015/08/history-of-nsibidi-ancient-igbo.html

Yanminri civilization is to hunt humans for feast and go nayked. Britain put cloth on you and taught you to hunt animal instead of fellow humans.

Nsibidi belonged to a different people, not Ibo owned. Stop this nonsense. grin

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by superlightning: 9:11pm On Dec 15, 2018
ImperialYoruba:


Yanminri civilization is to hunt humans for feast and go nayked. Britain put cloth on you and taught you to hunt animal instead of fellow humans.

Nsibidi belonged to a different people, not Ibo owned. Stop this nonsense. grin

Nsibidi is trans ethnic (ekoi, Igbo, Ibibio, efik), because more scripts were found in ekoi region was the reason why anthropologists said it MAY have originated from there.

Don't let jealousy kill you biko.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by sparkle6(m): 2:01pm On Dec 17, 2018
Emperormartin:
I doubt, seriously I doubt those nsibidi igbo names you mentioned there...

Some igbo names with CHI as a prefix or suffix e.g onyekachi, Chidimma are post colonial names. I mean people started answering the name after Christianity was introduced in this region.

But you claim nsibidi was before Christian era...
Wrong. The name Chi or chukwu is as old as the Igbos. It wasnt post colonial but pre colonial. Igbos believed in a supreme God called Chukwu who has other smaller gods like Ala, njoku, Amadioha who are his messagers. Igbos were already naming their sons with Chi as the prefix eg Chibuike long before the white men came.
Read Odinala Ndigbo by Tony Ubesi

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by ImperialYoruba: 3:43pm On Dec 17, 2018
superlightning:


Nsibidi is trans ethnic (ekoi, Igbo, Ibibio, efik), because more scripts were found in ekoi region was the reason why anthropologists said it MAY have originated from there.

Don't let jealousy kill you biko.

This info must be included for readers awareness when you post anything Nsibidi.

Wetin i wan jealous? Watch yourself.

Mmtcccheew.
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by superlightning: 8:36pm On Dec 17, 2018
ImperialYoruba:


This info must be included for readers awareness when you post anything Nsibidi.

Wetin i wan jealous? Watch yourself.

Mmtcccheew.

Well, agree or not, nsibidi was part of Igbo civilization. That's the point.

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Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by ImperialYoruba: 10:41pm On Dec 17, 2018
superlightning:


Well, agree or not, nsibidi was part of Igbo civilization. That's the point.

We have understudied Igbo and we know by now how you frame history to portray false greatness. When you are caught then instead of admitting you will begin to attack others. We know this.

All those ethnicities you listed dare not say nsibidi is their ancestral custom. They dare not say it out in public...not in the age of internet and online archives anyway. It is only ibo that make claims shamelessly hoping it will pass test time and the falsehood will become a truth. We didnt know you before...but we do now in age of instant verification and access.

Nsibidi does not belong to ekoi or ibibio or igbo or efik or any of these people you listed.
Re: History Of Nsibidi The Ancient Igbo Alphabets Britain Destroyed Ibo Civilization by superlightning: 10:51pm On Dec 17, 2018
ImperialYoruba:


We have understudied Igbo and we know by now how you frame history to portray false greatness. When you are caught then instead of admitting you will begin to attack others. We know this.

All those ethnicities you listed dare not say nsibidi is their ancestral custom. They dare not say it out in public...not in the age of internet and online archives anyway. It is only ibo that make claims shamelessly hoping it will pass test time and the falsehood will become a truth. We didnt know you before...but we do now in age of instant verification and access.

Nsibidi does not belong to ekoi or ibibio or igbo or efik or any of these people you listed.


I wish I could see how green your envious face is.

You can't rewrite history. Nsibidi was part of Igbo civilization. It is well documented.

Ekoi, Ibibio, efik all had nsibidi as part of their way of life as well. It is not limited to just one ethnic nationality.

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