A Trivia Challenge from Cassava Republic

As you may know, our newest publication, Birds of Our Land by Virginia Dike is out on sale now. It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s bird-watching guide that’s packed with lush, poetic descriptions of some of the most common West African birds. The best part is that it also has the names of each bird in the three major Nigerian languages (Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa).

Flipping through the book, I realised that there were a lot of birds I had always seen around but I had no idea about their names. It got me wondering, just how many common birds can any of us really name – especially in our native languages?

Well, Cassava Republic has a test for you: Give us the names of the following five common birds – as well as their names in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

Email your answers to info@cassavarepublic.biz. The first person who gets all the names right will win a free copy of Birds of Our Land – as well as a lovely Cassava Republic Tote bag and wrist band.

This contest will be open from today April 5th until Tuesday April 10th. (Please note that contest has been extended to Monday, April 30th)

Good luck!


  • I truly enjoyed Niyi’s story! I think she can make any place on Earth her home. With her sunny disotsioipn, humor and lack of any prejudice she is an ultimate globetrotter and cosmopolitan. I wish Niyi well for the future and hope to see more video posts on your blog Nicolette.

    Posted by Mohd on August 07, 2013
  • It’s a tough one, definitely! We may have to extend the deadline to give people enough time to come up with the answers.

    Posted by chinelo on April 10, 2012
  • in three nigerian major languages? that’s interesting! i can only name one of the five birds!

    Posted by femmelounge on April 06, 2012

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