IGBOS OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Equatorial Guinea, located at the Eastern end of the Gulf of Guinea, West coast of Africa, is the only Spanish speaking country on the continent.

The tribes dwelling in this country include the Bubi, Fang and the Igbo.
The Igbo people of Bioko, as officially declared by the government of Equatorial Guinea, is the third-largest tribe after Fang and Bubi tribes, and occupies a small area in Bioko. They speak Pidgin English, Fang, Igbo and Bubi indigenous languages, as well as Spanish.

Igbos of Equatorial Guinea, numbering 33,500, are no longer unreachable. They are part of the Igbo people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc, this group, though a minority of people ranking third-largest in Equatorial Guinea, a country with a total population of 1.2Million people.

Their primary language is Igbo. The primary religion practiced by the Igbo is marginal Christianity, a form of religion with roots in Christianity but not theologically Christian.

As regards the language, Igbo is a recognized official language in Equatorial Guinea and it has been confirmed that the people still speak the Igbo language which has some form of deviation from the modern Igbo spoken in Nigeria.

Most of Igbo decendant in Equatorial Guinea move from Arochukwu, during Spanish exploitation plantation. In 19th century many labourers came from Igbo land. Ndi Igbo called the place PANYA.

Some people who have seen them said they say, โ€˜bia ikaaโ€™ for โ€˜come here.

Source: Igbo History

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