There’s a common misconception that Kedu means Hello.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Kedu does not mean Hello.
In fact, Hello doesn’t really exist in Igbo because Hello is an English word, and an English concept.
So, what then is Kedu?
Kedu is a questioning particle.
This means that Kedu doesn’t really mean anything on its own, but rather, is short for any number of questions that can be formed with Kedu.
Kedu as What / Who / Which / When / How
Kedu + ife (thing) = What?
e.g. Kedu ife bu ife a? – What is this / that? (Lit. What thing is this thing?)
Kedu + onye (person) = Who?
e.g. Kedu onye bu onye a? – Who is this / that? (Lit. Which person is this person?)
Kedu + ndi (people) = Who?
e.g. Kedu ndi bu ndi a? – Who are these / those? (Lit. Which people are these people?)
Kedu + mbosi (when as in day) = When?
e.g. Kedu mbosi Chinedu na eme anwuli? – When is Chinedu having a party? (Lit. What day is Chinedu having the party?)
Kedu + oge (when as in time) = When?
e.g. Kedu oge bu Chinedu ga abia? – When will Chinedu come? (Lit. What time will Chinedu come?)
Kedu + etu (manner) = How?
e.g. Kedu etu Chinedu bia? – How did Chinedu come? (Lit. By what manner did Chinedu come/ arrive?)
Kedu + ka (as / like) = How?
e.g. Kedu ka Chinedu si bia? – How did Chinedu come / arrive?
Note: When people meet and say Kedu? It’s short for the following question:
Kedu ka Chinedu di? – How is Chinedu?
Using Kedu on its own
Kedu afa gi? – What is your name?
Kedu Chinedu? – Where is Chinedu?
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