Igbo language

Niger–Congo language of the Igbo people, mainly spoken in Nigeria

Igbo is a language spoken in Nigeria. It is spoken by more than 18 million people. Igbo is a tonal language. The language is written in the Roman script.

Asụsụ Igbo
Native toNigeria
Regionsoutheastern Nigeria
Native speakers
24 million (2007)[1]
Standard forms
Standard Igbo[2]
DialectsEnuanị, Ngwa, Ohuhu, Ọnịchạ, Bonny-Opobo, Ọlụ, Owerre (Isuama), et al.
Latin (Önwu alphabet)
Igbo Braille
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated bySociety for Promoting Igbo Language and Culture
Language codes
ISO 639-1ig
ISO 639-2ibo
ISO 639-3ibo
Linguistic map of Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Igbo is spoken in southern Nigeria.
Igbo Traditional atire


  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. Heusing, Gerald (1999). Aspects of the morphology-syntax interface in four Nigerian languages. LIT erlag Münster. p. 3. ISBN 3-8258-3917-6.
  3. "World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Equatorial Guinea : Overview". UNHCR. 20 May 2008. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2012.