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EDO WORDS/LANGUAGE - PHONOLOGY

compiled by

Segun Toyin Dawodu

segun@dawodu.com

 

 

WORDS

MEANINGS

ADA

Scimitar always carried before the Oba

AGBA

Rectangular stool

AGBADO

Name of a very important market in Benin city

AHO

Fourth day of Edo week

AKE of ISI

Deity in ISI area of Benin Kingdom

AMAZEH or AMAZE

Moulded clay figure of a human being

AMUFI

Guild specialised in catching the eagle alive. They are also tree top acrobats.

ARHUANRAN

Giant

AVAN

Afternoon

AZA

Treasury

EBEN

Sword of authority usually carried before the Oba

EBO

("E" pronounced as in Able, and "o" as in bold) A guild of diviners.

EBO

("E" as in elder, "o" as in door) Symbolic object to represent deity.

EDAIKEN

Title of the heir apparent to Benin throne

EDION

Elders (Odion = singular Elder).

EDION EDO

Ancestors of the Edo people (Edion = elders or ancestors; Edo = see below)

EDO

Original name of ethnic group of people in southern part of Nigeria comprising Benins, Esan, Ora, Etsako, Owan, Akoko-edo. Also old name for Benin-city

EDO ORISIAGBON

Edo (or Benin) is the cradle of the world (Edo=Benin; Orisi=Cradle; Agbon=World)

EGHAEVBO

Counsellor

EGHAEVBO N'ORE

Town counsellor (or state counsellor)

EGUAE

Palace

EGUE

Hoe

EGUEN

Beaded anklets

EKAIWE

A small group within Ibiwe N'ekhua usually deriving title by virtue that they are descendants of princesses.

EKEN

Work free day (first day of Edo week)

EKETE

Throne

EKHAEMO

Chief (Esan dialect)

EKHAEMWEN

Chiefs (Okhaemwen = singular Chief)

EKIOBA

Oba Market

EKO

Camp

EKPEN

Leopard

EKPOKIN

Leader Box

EMIR

Ruler in the northern part of Nigeria

ENIKARO

Originators

ENOGIE

Duke (plural = ENIGIE)

ERHA

Father

ERINMWIDU

Spirit of Oba's ancestors

ERUERIE

Of the palace Harem

ESAN

An ethnic group of the edo people

EVBUEBO

Europe

EWAISE

Guild of physicians

EWE (POPO)

Ethnic group of people in present day Ghana

EWERE

Luck. Also the name of a leaf associated with bringing good luck.

EZUZU

Fan

IBIWE

The youngest of the three palace societies.

IBIWE N'EKHUA

Group of title holders

IBO

Ethnic group of people in eastern part of Nigeria

IDUNMWUN

STREET

IGBAN

A sacred royal command binding someone to carry out an order usually applicable to women who on such command become wives to the Oba.

IGBESANMWAN

Guild of wood carvers or carpenters

IGIOHEN

Chief priest

IGO

Name of a village near Benin city which has its market day on the second working day of Edo week.

IGUE

Village ("I" pronounced as "E" and "e" pronounced as "a")

IGUN

Smith

IGUN-EMATON

Iron Smith (Iron caster)

IGUN-ERONMWON

Brass Smith (or Brass/Bronze caster)

IHINRON

Seven

IHOGBE

A guild in charge of recording Oba's ancestors.

IKHU

Matchet

ILOI

Oba's wife or queen

IVIE

Beads ("I" pronounced as "e" and "e" as "a".

IWEBO

The most senior palace society

IWEGUEA

Palace society next to Iwebo in hierachy.

IYEKE

Back or behind

IYIN

Sasswood.

IY'OBA

Oba's mother (Queen mother)

NEKHUA

The big

OBA

King or ruler as used after the end of the Sky Kings (Ogiso).

OBI

Poison (pronounced "O-oby" or "o-obi")

OBI, OVIE, OLU, PERE

Originally used for princes or Dukes sent out by Oba to head various dukedoms or kingdoms.

ODIBO

A relaible and conscientious servant, assistant, delegate, or messenger.

ODIGBA

Collar

ODIONWERE

Village head

OGBE

Palace quarter of town

OGBU

Break (Esan dialect)

OGISO

Title of early Benin Kings, who were regarded as Sky Kings.

OHEN

Priest

OHIUNKPO

A priest who propitiates the spirits of the departed.

OKAEVBO

Town Leader

OKAKUO

War Captain

OKAO

A minor title

OKHA

Name of a village near Benin city which has its market day on the second working day of Edo week.

OKHUAIHE

A deity in Benin Kingdom

OKHUOBA

Female Adult

OKPIOBA

Male Adult

OKUO (EKENAKA)

Third day of Edo week

OLOKUN

God of the sea

OLOTU

Leader

OMO N'OBA N'EDO

Worthy child who is Oba of Benin

OMUADA

Sword bearer

ONOJIE

Duke in Ishan (plural = Enijie)

ORE

Town

ORIE

Second day of Edo week

ORO

Secret cult or organization

OSA N'UZALA

God or deity of Uzala

OSANOBUWA (OSANOBUA)

God the creator

OSUN

A herbal magical spirit

OTA

Evening

OTO

Ground or land (terra firma)

OVIA

Name of a deity

OWIE

Morning

OWONMWON

Name of a bird called TOUCAN

OYEVBOGIE NORISO

(O ye vbe Ogie No re iso)

Like the king in the sky

OZOLUA N'IBAROMI

Ozolua the conqueror

Se

Up to

UGBADIAN

Fly whisk

UGIE

Festival

UGIE ERHOBA

Festival in memory of the Oba's father.

UGIE-IRON

Mock battle commemorating the revolt of the Uzama.

UHUNMWEGHO

Person used as a decoy (camouflage) for the heir apparent to the Benin throne during the Azama festival

UKHURHE

Elders' staff used to represent the spirits of ancestors of at shrines

UKO

Emissary

UKU AKPOLOKPOLO

Mighty potentate (appellation for Oba of Benin)

USELU

The dukedom of the heir apparent to the Benin Throne.

UZAMA

Group of Chiefs who officiate at coronation of Oba of Benin (King makers)

The oldest set of hereditary chieftaincy title holders in Benin Kingdom.

UZAMA N'IBIE

Younger Uzama who normally officiate as deputy if the Uzama is not available (introduced by Oba Esigie - 1504 - 1550 AD).

YAN

To Own

YORUBA

Ethnic group of people in western part of Nigeria.

ZE MWIN NO R'UGHUGHON

ZE = Choose

MWIN = Something

NO = Which

RE = In

UGHUGHON = Snail Shell