Igbo Translation and Interpreting

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most spoken native language in Africa


of the global population speak it naively


most spoken native language in the world

Igbo Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Igbo translation service, as well as Igbo interpreters. As one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa, Igbo is an important language for communicating with a large number of people.

Million Speakers Worldwide

Million Native Speakers

Million Second Language Speakers

Countries Where it is a Minority Language

About the Igbo Language 

Igbo is the native language of the Igbo people and part of the Niger-Congo language family. Igbo first evolved in the ninth century AD near the Niger and Benue rivers and spread across the southeastern region of Nigeria, where it is still spoken today. Igbo is recognised as an official language in Nigeria, as well as an official minority language in the Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Igbo has influenced various Caribbean languages including Jamaican Patois and is spoken in a creolised form in Cuba.

Historically, Igbo was written using Nsibidi ideograms, though this was not a full writing system. In 1850 the Lepsius Standard Alphabet was used as the first Igbo orthography and later replaced by the African Orthography in 1929. In the 1960s this was replaced by the Ọnwụ orthography, but a variety of issues have made a standardised Igbo orthography difficult, including the representation of tone and depicting sounds specific to certain dialects. Modified versions of Ọnwụ have been produced to address some of these issues though not widely adopted, while other movements wish to restore a modernised nsibidi writing system. 


Igbo Dialects

Igbo has more than 20 dialects including Waawa, Ngwa, Olu, Ika, Edda, Enuani, Ohuhu, Ekpeye, Oyigbo, Owerre, Etche, Ikwerre and Anioma. Occasionally closely related Igboid languages including Ika and Ogba are also considered dialects of Igbo, however this is debatable.

The large quantity of Igbo dialects has made it difficult to create a standardised form of Igbo for speaking and writing. Central Igbo was suggested as the literary form of Igbo in 1939 and is based on the Owerri and Umuahia dialects, but this was not universally accepted. Since the 1970’s attempts have been since to adopt loan words from other dialects of Igbo into Central Igbo, to create a more inclusive form of standardised Igbo. 

Sector Specific Services

At Translate UK we can provide Igbo translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date on specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Igbo Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Igbo for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Igbo Legal Document Translation

We can provide Igbo translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Igbo Technical Document Translation

We can provide Igbo translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Igbo Interpreting Service

In addition to our Igbo translation service we can also provide Igbo speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Igbo Interpreters

Our face to face Igbo interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Igbo and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need. We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Igbo Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our Igbo speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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