Igbo Americans

Igbo Americans

About Igbo Americans

Igbo Americans, or Americans of Igbo ancestry, ethnic Igbo people who are also citizens of the United States, most of them former Nigerian citizens that have arrived in the US as economic migrants and because of issues relating to the Nigerian-Biafran War. In the United States Igbo slaves were erroneously referred to by a couple of names corrupted from Igbo such as Ibo and Eboe. Some Igbo slaves were also referred to as 'bites', denoting their Bight of Biafra origin, their new slave names were often given to them denoting their origin in Africa such as Bonna for a slave that arrived through the port of Bonny. Their presence in the United States was met with mixed feelings by American plantation owners.