OKORO'S THREE MEANINGS
IN URHOBO LANGUAGE
Smith T. M. Omonuwa, M.D.
The word spelt "O K O R O" has a t least three different meanings in Urhobo, depending on the intonation and inflexions. None of them derives from Bini. These are: -
With an accent on the middle O, Okoro= man or male;
with accents on all "O's" (as it is also pronounced in Igbo) Okoro= hunter;
with accent on only the last O, Okoro = a squat as in "Okere dj'okoro" and "Okoro b'okere-e."
The last, frequently used Okoro in Urhobo, is actually a compound word or phrase Oko re oro (friend of gold), meaning a dear, or valued or golden friend. None is related to a king or prince. As in Igbo, none is a royal name.
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