Posts Tagged “Igbo”

TIME TO END THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND NDIGBO || FEMI ARIBISALA

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TIME TO END THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND NDIGBO || FEMI ARIBISALA

Both the Yorubas and the Igbo stereotype one another. To the Igbo, the Yorubas are the “ngbati ngbati” “ofemmanu” who eat too much oil. They are masters of duplicity and deception; saying one thing while meaning another. To the Yorubas, the Igbo are clannish and money-minded. They are Shylock traders who specialize in selling counterfeit goods.

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NIGERIAN WOMEN AND THEIR GELE STYLES | NIGERIAN LADIES RE-INVENTING THE GELE

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NIGERIAN WOMEN AND THEIR GELE STYLES | NIGERIAN LADIES RE-INVENTING THE GELE

What Is Gele? In the Western Region of Nigeria, women can often be seen in their traditional attire of “Buba“, an airy type blouse with long sleeve, and “Iro” the wrapper that’s tied on top of the buba. To complete this whole attire, a woman will wear a head wrap (usually in matching fabric). This…

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A BRIEF: BURIAL RITES OF THE IGBO CULTURE

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A BRIEF: BURIAL RITES OF THE IGBO CULTURE

by Abigail Nehring Among the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria, death is traditionally a highly ritualized event filled with deep mourning. The traditional burial rites involve not one, but two funerals whose main intention is to safely escort the deceased from the realm of the living to the spirit world. Only after a successful second…

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OGIDI: THE YORUBA TOWN, THE IGBO TOWN

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OGIDI: THE YORUBA TOWN, THE IGBO TOWN

The Yoruba Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria. With a population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition…

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LETTER TO MY BIAFRAN FRIEND

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LETTER TO MY BIAFRAN FRIEND

Meanwhile, you need to have a genuine excuse when next somebody invites you to a secret meeting where you will be induced to plan any form of violence. You do not have darkness in you. What you have in you, dear friend, is light; the light of God! What is in you is peace; the peace of God! It is not violence! Free your mind! Shun all forms of violence! Take your mind off all forms of mind-twisting substance! You confessed this is always in abundance whenever you meet!

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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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Top 5 traditional dances from eastern Nigeria

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Top 5 traditional dances from eastern Nigeria

Whether it’s celebratory, energizing, cathartic, funny, or just plain embarrassing, dance is one of the best art forms for expression. People gyrate in order to celebrate, commemorate or even to prepare for some ritual. Historic and traditional dance goes back hundreds and even thousands of years. Nigeria has the treasure of a variety of folk and…

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KOLA NUT, ITS PLACE IN THE SOUTH-EAST

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KOLA NUT, ITS PLACE IN THE SOUTH-EAST

‘Öjï luo ünö okwuo ebe osi bia.’
‘When the Kola nut reaches home, it will tell where it came from.’
This proverb says that the visitor needs to show the kola nut to his people at home as a proof of having visited this village

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Nigerians Are ‘Better Together’

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Nigerians Are ‘Better Together’

The reality is that no part of Nigeria has a monopoly on victimhood. The impulse to protest suffering and to seek to determine one’s destiny is not wrongheaded; the problem lies in seeking change in a manner that incites ethnic hatred and violence. It would be better for Biafran separatists to drop their calls for independence and push instead for constitutional change that would strengthen the federal system Nigeria purports to practice. Our current Constitution, like the others that followed independence from Britain in 1960, is the product of military leaders whose agenda has rarely coincided with the public good.

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