Ibibio is a language spoken by the Ibibio people of Nigeria. It is a member of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Ibibio has two main dialects, Ibibio proper and Efik. Efik is also spoken in Cameroon.
Ibibio is a tonal language, with two contrasting tones, high and low. Tone is used to distinguish words that would otherwise be identical. For example, the Ibibio word for "tree" is written as mbà, with a high tone, while the word for "bird" is written as mba, with a low tone.
Ibibio has a rich oral tradition, and is known for its proverbs. One Ibibio proverb says, "Ibibio nà nà nke nke," which means, "Ibibio is a land of proverbs."
Ibibio is written using the Latin alphabet, with some additional characters for tones.