Idoma love poem
Ojuju kur ipo gigo
Wo cha ocha olohi kum fear dudu ar
Oya a ya feya ka ge bi
Anu wa mome kum a "Awo ihotu kum a".
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A small translation of the love poem into idoma (Akpoto, Oturkpo Igumale, Igwaale, Ijigbam, Okpogu), the Nigerian-Congolese language of the Kwa group, of the Idomas people in Nigeria. This idiom is part of the group of languages Idomoides Akweya, it is spoken by 650,000 people in Benue's area.
The Idomas inhabit Idomaland, and their traditional colors are black and red. In the 19th century. They were driven back by the Fulani on the banks of the confluence of the Niger and the Benue. They lived in compact villages, where they regrouped in extended families, in which patrilineages were dominant. There were several societies of men who governed their rites, especially that of the ancestors.