Kerry Washington Is Embracing Her Husband's Nigerian Heritage By Learning The Igbo Language

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We see you, Kerry!

Scandal star Kerry Washington seems to be taking her husband's Nigerian heritage in full stride by learning Igbo, the dialect of the Igbo people living in southeastern Nigeria.

Earlier this week, Washington had tweeted a birthday message in Igbo at Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba, writing two sentences in the Nigerian dialect that translate roughly to, "Remembering your birthday. Praise be to God."

Not too shabby!

Uzo — whose parents are both Nigerian — responded with an Igbo message of her own, clearly impressed by Kerry's grasp of the language: 

("My sister, you speak Igbo? That’s very good. Thanks for the birthday wish.")

Kerry also got some love from fans for her effort:

Washington, 41, is married to Nigerian-American former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, as ESSENCE pointed out — and clearly, their relationship has inspired her to learn more about his culture.

"When you marry into the Igbo culture, you get a new name," she had told InStyle three years ago. "My name is Ogechi. I wear it on a necklace my mother-in-law gave me." 

Now that's love.

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