Correcting the Misrepresentation of Eleme Counting

Correcting the Misrepresentation of Eleme Counting

It is important that I, Chief Osaro Ollorwi, Chairman of Eleme Language Center, formerly Eleme Language Study Group founded in 1970 to promote the learning and teaching of Eleme Language, correct the misrepresentation of Eleme Counting postulated by Fred Oyor as published on his facebook page.

First, Oyor tried to discredit and perhaps ridicule those who took the pains, spent their time and resources to translate the New Testament Bible (M’I’A OSŨNA bãrã NNYIMԐ ESÕ) into Eleme Language. He wrote, “Let us consider, as an example the work of the Eleme Bible translators, and went further to quote Mark 6:44 a’o-rē-ͻbεrε-obo-rē-a’o-achu and tabulated thus to prove the translators wrong.

10 + 2 x40 + 10 x 20

= 12x 40 +200

=480+ 200 = 680

He emphasized, “While the English Bible says Jesus fed 5000, Eleme Bible says Jesus fed 680”. Where did Oyor get these figures from for crying out loud?

Except typographical errors are claimed by Oyor, which is pardonable otherwise, it is an unfortunate display of ignorance. What Mark 6:44 said is this: “Onu obui oku rē ke ederĩ enu bεε a’o-rē-ͻbεrε-obo-rē-a’o-achu oku okundo”.

The tabulation is based on well-defined Eleme counting formula:

For example:

  1. Ten (10)                               = a’o
  2. Twenty (20)                        = achu
  3. Forty (40)                            = mbuma
  4. Hundred (100)                   = εbεrε
  5. Four Hundred (400)        = obo
  6. When you add “a’o-rē-ͻbεrε-obo” (12 x 400) 4800 to “a’o-achu” (10 x 20) 200 = 5000

This agrees with the English Bible which says Jesus fed 5000 people.


It is wrong to assume “that the translators were difficult at mathematics (sic) or that they were right at the level of 100 and 50 because that is about the maximum the old Eleme counting system can accommodate” (sic). There is no counting system that the Eleme Language cannot accommodate, including fractions, halves, tens, zeros, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, trillions and quadrillions.


If in doubt or enquiring about Eleme Numerical or Counting for science, mathematics, technology, commerce, engineering, etc. please contact ELEME LANGUAGE CENTER Room #3 Women Development Center, Opposite General Hospital, Ogale; email:; or call: 08036694027 for details. Let us stop speculating because Eleme Language has developed beyond the levels of arm-chair research.


Learn Eleme Language – Eleme Anthem



Ɔnɔɔnɔ Rε Ɔtaa

(Lesson Three)


εsɔ Eleme

(Eleme Anthem)



  1. Nnɔ bee εta Eleme, nnyimε εta re bai

Àfià mmuru bi mmasāā oso

Oku nsεnwinε bārā oku ekpo soosoo

Nài mεrε dala Eleme èbo



εdamɔ Eleme chui nε mpioo suāi ntito

Churāi ajuri mpioo suāi ntito Ɔbari

Nyimε εta Eleme rε Ɔbari àkasε

Ɔbari àkɔri nloru Eleme

Ɔbari, ka nεε nyimε εta Eleme

Àfià mmuru bi mmasāā Eleme


  1. Ɔkaka atɔsε oku ntε bārā nka bai

Ree chui juā èbo nkikε Eleme

Ɔbari soosoo, kasε εdamɔ nnyε bai

Nἓba ɔnyāɔnyā bārā ɔmɔna ru adε


  1. Ɔbari, soosoo dā olea Eleme

Nἓεi, ofalaru re e’e oku nté εbἓ

Sεe bai rε nἓε nsi oso εdamɔ ɔgbere

Nnɔni mɔmɔ bee olea bai.  

Learn Eleme Language



Ɔnɔɔnɔ Rε Ɔbεrε

(Lesson Two)


Εdɔ Amɔɔ Ogūrū Afabεt Ekã Eleme

(Sound of the Eleme Language Alphabets)

Oso  ekã Eleme, nnε nnε afabεt achu o’iî ntitε nnε nnε εdɔ amɔɔ. Nnε nnε εdɔ amɔɔ achurā o’ii ntitε nnε nnε afabεt. Ekarabee εdɔ amɔɔ rε dɔ oso ekã Eleme agbo nnε njenje ɔbεrε afabεt rε bãsε.

(In Eleme language, the same alphabet represents the same sound. The same sound represents the same alphabet it pertains).  


Rε bee kɔɔ, ekarabee εdɔ amɔɔ rε dɔ oso ekã Eleme agbo afabεt ajε achu rε a’o rε ɔ’rɔ afabεt ekã Elemeε.

(That is to say, any sound in Eleme language has alphabet among the thirty-six alphabets of the Eleme Language)


Rε bee rãã kɔ:

(That is to also say):

Nnε afabεt bee nkunã akε nnε εdɔ amɔɔ.

(One alphabet represents one sound).

Nnε εdɔ amɔɔ bee nkunã akε nnε afabεt.

(One sound represents one alphabet)


Bee ejijariε, sεε o’chu afabεt kp wεru a, εdɔ amɔɔ nnyε ka berã nnε nnε ekarabee oso ebiε rε nãã gwãnaru, tεmε oso:

(To expatiate it, if you add the alphabet kp to a, it will sound the same in any word they come together, such as in):

  1. Kpa (play, as in drum/music). E.g., kpa mkpaà (play music/drum)
  2. Kpaà (make)
  3. Kpabe (hoe)
  4. Kpaài(You – plural – make it)
  5. Kpakpagogo (butterfly)
  6. Kpalai (settle yourselves) 
  7. Kpara (unearth)
  8. Kpari (sweep)


Ekere mbela nyε beri: (Some of its samples are)

  1. Akpa (bag)                   
  2. Akpaka (shoe)
  3. Akpata (compound)
  4. Mkpà (scissors )
  5. כֿkpao (cradle)