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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Igbo & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Igbo, a language spoken by the Igbo people. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from southeastern Nigeria or if you’re travelling there. 

Igbo is the native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group predominantly located in southeastern Nigeria. There are about 27 million native Igbo speakers, mainly located in Nigeria but with small populations in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Igbo

There are many different ways that you can ask ‘how are you?’ in Igbo. Below I have listed the most common ways.


How are you?/What’s up?Kedu?
How are you?Kee kwanu?
How are you? (when speaking to a group)Kedu nu?

Most situations including formal:

How are you?Kedu ka i melu?
How are you doing?Kedu ka i mere?
How are you?Keeki ee-me?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Igbo

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youDaalu
Thank you (alternative)Imeela
I’m fineAde mu mma
I’m not fineA dighi mu mma
I’m sickAru adighi mu

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you?Ma gi?
How about you?Kee maka unu?

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Igbo and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

If you want to learn to read in Igbo, then start by learning the Igbo alphabet.