Nigerian Igbo Culture, Religion, Origin and History

The Igbo are the second largest group of people living in southern Nigeria. They are one of the three major tribes in Nigeria. They consist of many subgroups and are known to be socially and culturally diverse. Although Igbos are mostly Christians today, they have a deep and original culture.

Igbo culture includes the various customs, practices and traditions of the people. It comprises ancient practices as well as modern concepts added into the Igbo culture either through evolution or outside influences. These customs and traditions include the Igbo people’s visual art, religious beliefs, birth, maraige and death rituals, use of language, music and dance forms, as well as their attire, cuisine(food) and language dialects.

The culture of the Igbos modify the thoughts, speech, actions and artifacts of the Igbos so much that the Igbos are easily distinguished from other ethnic groups. How a culture survives depends on the peoples capacity to learn and transmit it to succeeding generations. The Igbo culture expresses itself in the customs, beliefs, war, burial, social norms, religion, racial, social and material traits of the Igbos

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Widows: some harmful practices they experience in Igbo land

In Igbo land, some practices widows experience in line with ...
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Igbo culture: What every Igbo youth should know about Age Grade system

The age grade system has long been in existence in ...
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Significance of ‘Red Cap’ in Igbo culture

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5 Popular Misconceptions About Igbos, No 4 Will Shock You

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Tourism Potentials of the Famous Ikeji Festival of Igbo People

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Ede-Aroh Festival in Abagana

Ede-Aroh festival is an annual festival held at the Afor ...
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7 Important Things to Know About Eze Nri

Nri is the ancestral home of all Igbos. It is an ...
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Understanding Masquerades in Igboland

In the past, we – Igbos – regard masquerades (Mmanwu) ...
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The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades, and Why?

The monarch of ancient Nri Kingdom, popularly referred to as ...
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How Igbos Perform Traditional Marriage Rites

For us Igbos, traditional marriage rite is usually very festive ...
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Women and Property Inheritance in Igboland

Female children in Igboland have suffered so much neglect and ...
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The importance of Traditional Marriage in Igboland

The Igbo traditional marriage is a popular event in Igbo ...
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