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COMMENCING LANGUAGE EXTINCTION WITH HUMAN NAMES

In twelve years’ time, the world will be ushered into the year 2030. That is the year already predicted by social science experts to mark the final extinction of about three hundred languages and dialects around the world. And majority of these languages are presently spoken by minority ethnic nationalities. The Ika language is one of those rated as belonging to minority groups in Nigeria. The language therefore faces the risk of being among those to be phased out shortly. This is because it is presently faced by threat of being “consumed” by other languages, especially the Igbo.

 

As it stands, no language will go into extinction without the negative influence of its spoken populace. These are people who have fully embraced the adoption of languages spoken by strangers in their communities or those of the communities where they are strangers.

 

One of the most “effective” ways of sending a language into extinction is by neglecting the naming of children in the language of the people. The Ika language is in the fore-front of those at the risk of extinction through the naming of her people.

 

It will be recalled that the revered monarch of Agbor Kingdom, Dein Ikenchuku 1 once called on the people of his kingdom to embrace the naming of their children in our local language. This advice notwithstanding, many Ika persons still give names that portray their children as members of ethnic groups different from Ika. There is no better time than now to heed this timely call by the Dein of Agbor kingdom on this matter, as this will help to preserve the language and culture of Ika people.

 

The guiltiest of this wrong language perception in Ika land are those who are ignorant of the difference between their language and those of other ethnic nationalities, especially in terms of the names normally borne by the people.

 

There is gain-saying the fact that every Ika name is very significant and meaningful as it is often times associated with time and events, especially events surrounding the birth of the child.

 

For those who may not know the Ika names to give to their children,

Below are some suggested ones:

OKURINGBE OKUSIWEKUE IKPESOGUN
IWEKAOGUN OKURINTI ALIMELE
IWEKA NKEONYEASUA NJOAKPOR
IHIEKAONYE OKENYEHIKE OKUOKENYE
OKUMASUOIBE USUO AJUEBON
ORIOHU UGBEKILE OHUMASUONI
MGBEONYEJUGBO EWERE IGHOGHOR
ARIMOKU EHIEDU EHIWUOGUN
KALIKU EROGU OKUEBO
ELUMA EBOMA EBONAGU
OKENYEKA DUMBIRI OBIAZIKWOR
IWEBUKE OSEMEKE EBONYEM
OKOWA BAYEM ELURIHUN
ERUEMULOR OROELU AJULOR
KEONYEHI EHIMA UKPEREGBU
OSHIEGBU ASIWE NIMHUA
IWERIEBON AGHAULOR OKOH
OROLUA IBEGBULEM IYARI
ONYEJUMONU UWEBOH UWERU
UWAGWU ALIZOR EFOLIBE
OSIEBUNI NJOEGBU AKOKADIKEN
DIKENENWOSI IJENWA UWEAGHA
EHIOBU EBOH EBONKA
OGBE NZUWUOGUN OGHORIULOR
NKEMEHULE ONYEACHOLEM ONUELU
NKIRI MEKIRI AMUFA
EKPENISI UWAMARI OKWUIJEN
ISIWEKPENI OBIANKE OFUNIM
ONYEOGHANI ALIKA GIWUEZE
ONYEOKUYENI ELURONMA OSANEBI
UWEZUKUE EJIME ATAGU
NWASIWEMUA ONYEISI OSIENWOGHOR
CHUKUSIERI OKPULOR KUHODU
MOSHERI OKPOKOR KIHODU
OSOKAOGUN ODAHIN ONYEOMAKA
OTUMUNYE KIMEKU OGBANZU
OSUYA ASIBELUA ECHENIM
OFIEBOR OGHORINWA ONYELUCHE
OWABOR OKPOHOUKU AGHANTI
AGBOMA IKENCHUKU OTIEGEDE
OWAMA CHUKUEMEKE ISIEKWELE
ISITOR EZENWOALI NMELEKWE
ISICHEI ORISEWUEZE OZUOR
EFEREKU AGHAEZE NWAEBO
ALIEMEKE NKEKI EFOMA
OGUGUA ODAHINEKU NWAWUKU
DIKENARIZI UTALOR CHUKUYEM
EHIKEORI OGBORI OSOLOBUERIMAZU (RIMAZU)
ORIEKOSE OGBOI MARIOR
OGWUEGHO EHIWARIOR OTABOR
AJABOR MBURICHEN OKUBE
NWAWUEZE UWAEFIRI UGBO
OKPUZOR OFIRI OJEUGBO
ONUMESELE ANAOGBENYENWA NIMHUA
OMEHEN IJENEGHO EFEIZOMOR
ONWUEYEGBA BEYEOGHOR CHUKURI
OKOMPU KEBONKU ANUKU
APULE ETUNIM ASOMUYA
AHUHULE ONWUARU UYANWA
AZOGBULE OLULUEBUNIM UJENWA
IWEGBU EKOME OGOCHUKU
NWACHOKOR NWAWUOFE OGALA
EFAGWU EMEFIELE ONYEKWERI
ONYEMAKONOR AGIDI EHIKWE
KEONYEHA UWAEFIRI EWIWILEM
OGHORIULOR OTOBO OGWARI
EMEDU OCHOMBIA EMENINWA
ELEDU ELUJOKOR OMILO
OKUIDEGBE ELUAGWUNI EGWABOR
ERIGBUEM EJEMEOGO EMERI
ORIRI ARUMUKA NMERI
OYIYE NTIEJUM IHIENGIONYE
NWAWUOFE IYAMA NWAPALI
NWAYO UGBALA IWERINWA
HADOME NWAWUKU IKENRIEHI
EHIABOR ATUBE ONYERIWE
ARIMOTU OJOGBO NMERI
NJOETENI NWABOR NGERE
EGWUANPMKU NWATOR GBONEME
ULOEGBULE OKUNBOR UWE
AKPILOLO EMUEBIE OKUWE
OKOBIA EBONNE OBIEDERI
UKAH BIENOSE ADAONU
OHUMAEHUNI EMU ETUONU
AZONNE UTEBOR EKPU
OTUMUNYE OFUME EKUPU
IJERINFE ONYEGBANKITI OKPAMBUO
IJEOMA ATOI ESEKA
IKPEHAI OJOBU EKEZU
NWAGIMEJEN KIMAGWAOWA TUDONEBI
GHARIOKU EBUNDON EGHOAZAOKU
EKAWUNWENE OMAIGHA EBENUWA
EZUEMIKEN AKAWE OKUONYE
EGULEMU OKONYE BAKUYE
EFEDIN EBAIGBE BACHOR
EKPERE KASIARI ONYEIBE
OMEODON AFAMIKO ANOKUME
ATULEGUN OLENKA EGBAI
MEKUYE ONUMESELE ELEKEOKURI
TITI KIWUZO ONYERIMMA
RIONOR NWAUZUNI ONYERO
EHIDUMBI ONYERO KELUBIA
ONYEUKPE MEMEH ONYEAJAM
OZEGBE IDEGBEKU ORIEME
OHUE IZEANIMKUE AZOLOKU
IWEZU UWAGU OMUGO
ANUKU OSADEME AZIKEN
IDABOR IRABOR NDUNKA
OKPOKOR ISIBOR ELUEMELE
EFOEYINI NKEMEHULE IWEZU
IWEBELUA ONUWA OBUSE
IKOTU AKUMABOR OKPUZOR
EBORU EBOSE ALIBA
WEZUKUE ONYEORU MEKIRIUWA
IRABOR IDABOR OKUONYECHIE
OBULI NWASOGO NONUM
SIWEKU ALIOGO OGWAEHI

 

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