Abua is a member of the member of the Central Delta group of Altantic Congo languages. It is spoken by about 25,000 people mainly in the Abua-Odual Local Government Area in the centre of Rivers State in southern Nigeria, and also in the Degema and Ahoada LGAs in River State. Abua is spoken by people of all ages, however younger people are more likely to speak English or other Nigerian languages.

Abua is also known as Abuan. Dialects include Ogbo, Emughan, Otabha and Okpeden. It is closely related to Ijaw and Defaka.

The first written material in Abua was published in 1971. There are several different spelling systems using the Latin script. There is an Abua translation of the Bible, an Abua dictionary and a few other publications.

Abua alphabet and pronunciation

Abua alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (Ọmoogh-we phọ opoghom ayira - Ạsuor 23: 1-6)

  1. Ọmoogh-we phọ kụ ruuko ghan ịmi ịdipho opoghom iyool-ịga. Ịyaar ịmi kíkuom.
  2. Odi rụmuneen ghan ịmi loor ạtuyoghoyogho ạroogho; ọdi rurorori ghan ịmi kạghimom ọgbal ạmuum dị rákil.
  3. Ọdi rụngo ghan ịmi imoom ịnyaam ọdi ruḍiemiom ghan ịmi reten aruukuan loor esi aḍien phọ ọdi.
  4. Ghạlamo mị urelhe ạḅeeny ḍigher ọkikiph ufiri aḍuugh, mị kákiilaan ịkaraph, ịdi eḍighi bọ nạ odi rꞌạmi; ọkolhom mọ ạna rꞌịkpara phọ ạna rịidereghi ghan ịmi.
  5. Nạ aakolobian malhe useenaan ịmi esi dị oomo ạbumulogh-ḍien ạmi kụmiin ịmi. Nạ agbul ẹmhu ạmi elho, kụ ọphaal amiim mọ ạmi mamuza azuughian.
  6. Agey ni, igey rꞌọnma ighirigiir kụ kịrolonaan ghan ịmi oomo suḍughul-otu aghuḍum mọ ạmi; ḅịle mị katugh sịphe Otu Ọmoogh-we phọ kꞌagee-pọ.

Source: https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/2632/PSA.23.%25E1%25BA%25A0%25E1%25B8%258CI

Translation (A Psalm of David - Pslam 23: 1-6)

  1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
  3. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
  4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
  5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
  6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Source: https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/1/PSA.23.KJV

Sample videos

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Information about Abua

Atlantic-Congo languages

Abua, Bandial, Bariba, Berom, Cebaara, Efik, Esimbi, Ibibio, Iceve-Maci, Jibu, Jju, Kambari, Kar, Kissi, Kom, Laalaa, Limba, Mbum, Mono, Mundang, Nafanan, Noon, Obolo, Safen, Supyire, Temne, Ubang, Yemba

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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