Posts Tagged “Culture”

FIRST AFRICAN FASHION AND ART FESTIVAL HOLDS IN LAGOS

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FIRST AFRICAN FASHION AND ART FESTIVAL HOLDS IN LAGOS

By Mary Ekah The First African Fashion and Art Festival (AFAF), described by organisers as, “the greatest African cultural show on earth in the 21st Century, will be held in Lagos soon. AFAF ’16, described, as “an extraordinary demonstration of the richness, diversity, and vitality of black art- both contemporary and traditional- throughout the world”…

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HOW THIS NIGERIAN BUILT A BUSINESS BY PROMOTING AFRICAN CULTURES

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HOW THIS NIGERIAN BUILT A BUSINESS BY PROMOTING AFRICAN CULTURES

Some years ago Nigerian entrepreneur Adebayo Adegbembo noticed that his niece had little interest in learning local languages. “I realised that lack of interest was driven solely by the fact that she didn’t have access to interesting and fun material such as cartoons and games,” says Adegbembo. He set about solving the problem, and in…

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6 IMPORTANT DRUMS OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

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6 IMPORTANT DRUMS OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

1. Gangan/ Dundun (Talking Drum): Gangan is also known as ‘Talking drums’ . It holds a special place in the tradition of the Yoruba people, and its use in Yoruba folklore cannot be overemphasized. Its origin can be traced to the Old Oyo Empire in South-West, Nigeria. It was introduced as a means of communication during inauguration of the Alaafin of Oyo. Talking Drums are used to imitate different tone and chant patterns of the Yoruba language. Its hourglass shape makes it possible for it to be held under the arm. It is made of adjustable cords. This cords can determine the pitch of the drum. If the cords and strings are pulled hard, the sound or tone from the drum would increase and if the chords are softly squeezed, the sound will be low. They are frequently used in modern churches, festivals, wedding ceremonies and carnivals.

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MARRIAGE IN IGALA LAND| By Adejoh Akoh

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MARRIAGE IN IGALA LAND| By Adejoh Akoh

The Igala people are said to have originated from the Arab Country of Yemen, now situated in Niger-Benue Confluence Region of the Middle Belt Area. Infact the Igala Language has alot of similarities with the Yoruba and the Kanuri Language. The Igalas are said to have a kind of chronological relationship with the kingdom of…

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SOMETHING WE ALL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IGBIRA PEOPLE

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SOMETHING WE ALL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IGBIRA PEOPLE

Type of Art The Igbira are skilled weavers. History Igbira history is tied to that of their neighbors, the Jukun and the Igala. Oral history claims that these people originally came from the east and entered Nigeria betwen the Mandarra highlands and Lake Chad sometime during the last thousand years. It is believed that Igala…

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Tattoo on your body? Sorry police is not for you

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Tattoo on your body? Sorry police is not for you

The following highlights pretty much how Nigerians see tattoos. Tattoos, dreadlocked hair, among other things are considered a sign of irresponsibility in Nigeria and that is not about to change anytime soon. Here The Cable:   Ebere Amaraizu, public relations officer of the police in Enugu state, says people with tattoos on their bodies have no…

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Some Cultural Taboos In Yoruba Land

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Some Cultural Taboos In Yoruba Land

Every people everywhere have their cultural ways of life and what is considered normal and acceptable for community folks in those areas. The need to sanitize the society and prevent cultural abuses has led to the establishment of cultural taboos and abominations – what people in given areas must never do to keep the society…

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IDANRE HILLS: The place where Witches are known by their Foot

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IDANRE HILLS: The place where Witches are known by their Foot

OLD IDANRE TOWN/ HILLS, ONDO STATE: said to be 800 years old and reached by 667 steps with spectacular views overlooking the new town of Idanre. The Owa’s Palace has a fine courtyard with carved figures and doors. The historic Idanre hills represent one of the wonders of nature and a marvellous tourist attraction. Located in…

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The Igbo Traditional Wrestling

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The Igbo Traditional Wrestling

The Igbo traditional wrestling is a very popular sport in the Igbo community. It is a practice and acknowledgement of skill and strength as well as promotion of indigenous language , culture , norms, values, and traditions by young, physically capable Igbo men. In Igbo Land a man is believed to prove his physical strength when…

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SOCIAL CONTROL IN THE FAMOUS ABIRIBA KINGDOM

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SOCIAL CONTROL IN THE FAMOUS ABIRIBA KINGDOM

Following the return of the Uke Uche-oba, they will assume a new name Uke Ekpe and from this moment on, they shoulder the responsibility of social control and executing punishment through the most senior age grade, the Uke-ji-abala, the age grade responsible for law and order under the directive of Eze Enachioken

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