ala duein piri = a cemetery for chiefs
a kind of black ink - based dye which is used as a make-up on a woman during a ceremonial outing.
bekin pumbu = an expression for 12 children.
b'ra gbasia = used to
describe a situation where two fighters have a draw or a tie in strenght. As a result, they become friends.
bobo = this is to hit a baby
repeatedly and gently with one or both hands in order that it sleeps.
baliye = this is a name
for any food item that is eaten with another food. For instance, while eating cassava flakes(mbraka sin),
the baliye could be coconut (imbi), groundnut
(apapa) , fish (inji), etc;
while eating corn (mbiaka), the baliye
could be pear (ibe), coconut, etc.
ekine sekiapu = the highest cultural society and law enforcement body in Kalabari in the past; it is still dominant today,
however, in the cultural front.
ewene = this is a string of round
metallic percusive material, silvery in colour used as an ornament on, especially, a baby.
fenibene = among other things,
this is a day - usually on saturdays - when a wooden percusion called nkure
is played to summon the people of a particular clan to clean up their surroundings. In the past,on this day, spirit
beings used to display various dances and masquerades. Those who are courageous enough, go to watch them in hiding in order
to copy their dance steps. Also on this day, nobody goes for fishing and other sea faring activities.
fi eleke =
to feign death.
imunu ; inkari =
these are the names given to the smooth and rough species of perewinkle.
igbiri = hard semi- oval shaped
materials tied in strands and percussive in nature, which is tied around the ankle of a masquirade dancer. As the persons
walks, it makes a cymbalic noise.
kongo anyi = this
is a humourous way of describing a person who sleeps easily , sitting on a chair, during an activity e.g Alabo
be moku moku O kongo anyi te = Has the Cheif fallen asleep just now?
kon, pere, arusa =
In the Kalabari language, there are special expressions for the comparative and superlative forms of affluence or wealth.
The first stage of wealth or riches is kon; the second is pere;
the highest form is arusa.
mbana suku = used to describe
a family with a very high birth rate, with so many children. e.g Omina furo me mbana suku o!
= Your family is teeming with children ( or people)!
mpipi = pet or humourous name
for theif; used also for a rat due to its nature of stealing.
nunuma= a kind of hand and leg bangle used to adorn a woman during a ceremonial
okowa = a long stick of 3 - 4
meters with a nail or v-shaped stump at the end, used to draw water from a well.
piipii (pp) = used to describe
a situation where two fighters have a draw or a tie in strenght. As a result, they become friends. It can also be used to
describe two persons who are bossom friends.
peipei = pet name for fish, meat
or any of the sea foods, especially when it is being offered to a baby e.g Taata, peipei oki
= Little baby, take some fish ( or meat, etc.)
Se kobiri = This is the Kalabari National Assembly.
tubo dawa okianri
= used to describe the turning of a baby in the womb when an expectant woman is due to deliver.