24/06/2020

The Isu people are subgroup of the Igbo people in Biafra (ISUAMA)

Isu people

The Isu people are a subgroup of the Igbo people from Biafra / Nigeria. In the pre-colonial era, the Igbo people were protected from external invasion by the dense forests of the region, which also had the effect of encouraging diversity. Thus as warriors the neighboring Owerri people looked down on the Isu people, who were traders.

Isuama is the name given to the central part of Igboland, which was a major source of slaves during the period of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.The name has been carried across the Atlantic, where it is found in the name of Cuban society Carabali Isuama.This name pays homage to the group's ancestry in the Isuama area of Igboland to the north of the Kalabari Ijaw people.At one time the Isuama language was spoken in Cuba, but eventually it and other Cross River languages was displaced by the standard Abakua language called Brikamo.An 1875 missionary report described Isuama as the leading dialect of the Igbo people.
By Benjamin Chinedu Nnadi

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