Meaning of Ibibio in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪbɪˈbiːəʊ/

nounplural noun Ibibio, plural noun Ibibios

  • 1A member of a people of southern Nigeria.

    ‘This kind of caste system is also found among the Yoruba and the Ibibios.’
    • ‘Other large ethnic groups include the Ibibio, the Ijaw, the Kanuri, the Nupe, and the Tiv.’
    • ‘The Ibibio primarily live in the Cross River State of southeastern Nigeria.’
    • ‘Nigeria also provided slaves for Barbados, the Yoruba, Efik, Igbo and Ibibio being the main ethnic groups targeted.’
    • ‘Other smaller groups include the Fulani, Ijaw, Kanuri, Ibibio, Tiv, and Edo.’
    • ‘Edwin Ardener assessed the number of fishermen in the Victoria division in the early twentieth century to be about 7,500, mostly Duala, Ibibio, and Ijo.’
    • ‘The marks on each temple in that mask and the one shown here are similar to those found among masks of the Igbo and Ibibio.’
    • ‘According to notes by Harris dating to 1954 (supplied by Eli Bentor), an Igbo informant told him that all of these were made by Ibibio.’
  • 2mass noun The language of the Ibibio, belonging to the Benue-Congo group and closely related to Efik. It has around 2 million speakers.

    • ‘English is the official language; however, Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa represent the principal languages, joined by Kanuri, Fulani, Nupe, Tiv, Edo, Ijaw and Ibibio.’


  • Relating to the Ibibio or their language.

    ‘This finely rendered male Ibibio marionette is relatively naturalistic in form, with rounded muscular contours.’
    • ‘North of this coastal area occupied by Delta, Ogoni, and Ibibio peoples is the hinterland dominated by the Igbo.’
    • ‘Its origin is ascribed to two local slave dealers who traveled beyond Arochukwu to the Ibibio area.’
    • ‘The Aro people are the result of the mingling of several Igbo, Cross River, and Ibibio ethnic elements.’
    • ‘Many of these masks are in the style of the Ibibio carving center Ikot Ekpene, although they may actually be locally made.’
    • ‘The facial features of the Duala sculptures differ from those in the Ibibio and Ijo works.’
    • ‘And finally the formal conventions present in Duala, Ijo, Ibibio, and Efik art probably dispersed in the same manner as they do today.’
    • ‘Oracular activities, trade, and a network of settlements have extended the Aro reach over the Cross River, Ibibio, and Igbo areas.’
    • ‘He designated them as Ibibio masks.’


The name in Ibibio.