Definition of ogbanje in English:

ogbanje

Pronunciation /əʊˈban(d)ʒeɪ/

noun

  • In Nigeria: a child believed by the Igbo people to die repeatedly and be continually reincarnated and born to the same parents.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in African Affairs. From Igbo ọ̀gbán̄jé, literally ‘maker of several trips’.