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Tustin, CA ( - The two year old language created and written for African Americans, is on its second edition through Dramatic Pause Publishing and is scheduled to be released May 27, 2005. This language, ¨¤odaoa - Anibo, also referred to as Anibo, was conceived by its creator, Kobina Wright, to honor abducted Africans brought to the New World starting in 1619. The second edition has over 4000 translated words and includes a workbook and reader with a new forward by James Madison University's Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Nikitah Okembe - RA Imani.

Anibo was created in 2003 by Wright, a California native and California State University, Fullerton graduate, as a work of art for the posterity of African slaves (in America) whose ancestral languages and family origins have long since been lost. Wright's purpose for this creation was to empower African American culture with a form of artistic and social hydration, recognizing that in order to survive and thrive in this country, there was a great measure of culture slaves were forced to relinquish, leaving their future generations to create a new culture built on and around slavery.

Wright also acknowledges that African Americans (Afams) have also contributed greatly to the color of American English and has therefore incorporated elements of grammatical structure found in Black English Vernacular into Anibo, as well as trace influences of other languages such as Swahili, Spanish, French and American Standard English. Wright is hoping that her contribution to Afam culture with Anibo further inspires the Afam community to adopt the language in other genres such as art, film, theater and music. In fact, Wright has already started incorporating the language into her own paintings which can be viewed at:

The dictionary is sold directly through the publisher, Dramatic Pause Publishing, for $40 each. For more information about ¨¤odaoa-Anibo or acquiring the ¨¤odaoa-Anibo Dictionary, you can contact Kobina Wright at or call (714) 560-0550.

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