Obolo language

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Obolo
Andoni
Native toNigeria
RegionRivers State, Akwa Ibom State
EthnicityObolo people
Native speakers
250,000 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ann
Glottologobol1243

Obolo, or Andoni, is a major Cross River language of Nigeria.

Obolo literature[edit]

  • The Bible in Obolo was published by the Obolo Language and Bible Translation Organization in 2012. Obolo is the 23rd Nigerian language to have the complete Bible.[2]
  • An Obolo-language website was launched in 2016.[3]
  • The first literary material on Literature in the Mother-Tongue; a novel for Junior Secondary Schools and public readership, "Mbuban Îchaka" by Isidore Ene-Awaji © Obolo Language & Bible Translation Project, was published in 2010.[4]

Writing System[edit]

Obolo alphabet [5][6][7]
a b ch d e f g gb
gw i j k kp kw l m
n nw ny o p r
s (sh) t u (v) w y (z)

The characters in bracket are dialect-specific.

Obolo is a tone language. There are five tones in the language: low, high, mid, falling and rising tone.[8] In writing, only the low tone and falling tone are indicated.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obolo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ The 23rd Nigerian Language to Receive the Whole Bible https://web.archive.org/web/20190826001428/http://obolo.ngbible.com/about
  3. ^ http://www.obololanguage.org
  4. ^ History of OLBTO https://obololanguage.org/ann/%C3%B2folek-olbto/mfufuk-ofolek-ikwaan%CC%84-usem-obolo-olbto-1984-2014
  5. ^ Obololanguage.org 2015.
  6. ^ "Reading and Writing Obolo: Obolo Alphabet" in "A Workshop Manual for Teaching Obolo." Pg. 1. © Obolo Language and Bible Translation Organisation (OLBTO), 2011.
  7. ^ "Reading and Writing Obolo." Pg. 4. Andoni Language Committee and Rivers Readers Project, 1978.
  8. ^ "Reading and Writing Obolo: Tone Marking" in "A Workshop Manual for Teaching Obolo." Pg. 1. © Obolo Language and Bible Translation Organisation (OLBTO), 2011.
  9. ^ "Reading and Writing Obolo: About Marking of Tones in Bible" in "A Workshop Manual for Teaching Obolo." Pg. 9. © Obolo Language and Bible Translation Organisation (OLBTO), 2011.