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Widows: some harmful practices they experience in Igbo land

Widows: some harmful practices they experience in Igbo land

In Igbo land, some practices widows experience in line with Igbo culture have been claimed to violate their human rights of women. For instance; wives of kings in some communities must mourn their husbands for seven years before they are buried and another one year after their interment. Similarly, widows who are not queens were…

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Igbo culture: What every Igbo youth should know about Age Grade system

Igbo culture: What every Igbo youth should know about Age Grade system

The age grade system has long been in existence in Igboland, and has been recognized and used by Igbo traditional leaders to champion causes for the social, cultural, political, infrastructural and economic development of communities. The main objective of this article is to get the Igbo youths, to become accustomed to Igbo culture and tradition…

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Significance of ‘Red Cap’ in Igbo culture

Significance of ‘Red Cap’ in Igbo culture

The ‘red cap’ worn by chiefs in Igboland symbolizes authority, tradition, and culture; and it also represents the entire institution of leadership, authority, and power in Igbo culture. Putting on the red cap is not an all-comers affair in Igboland as there are always a select number of individuals who are entitled to wear this…

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5 Popular Misconceptions About Igbos, No 4 Will Shock You

5 Popular Misconceptions About Igbos, No 4 Will Shock You

The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. In Nigeria, Igbo people have carved a niche for themselves as entrepreneurs. This is why many believe the Igbos have a strong threshold on the economy of the country. In recent times, there have been developed many misconceptions about the Igbo people that…

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Tourism Potentials of the Famous Ikeji Festival of Igbo People

Tourism Potentials of the Famous Ikeji Festival of Igbo People

The famous Ikeji festival is a long held Igbo tradition passed down through the ancestry of the Arondizuogu clan emanating from Arochukwu in Abia state. It is a festival of the entire Aroh people spread along the Southern part of Igboland. The Ikeji festival is an annual home coming ceremony and gathering of all Aroh…

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Ede-Aroh Festival in Abagana

Ede-Aroh Festival in Abagana

Ede-Aroh festival is an annual festival held at the Afor market square every last Afor market day of the year in which cocoyam is celebrated. To every Abagana person, if sowing and harvesting of yam is the reserve of men, then sowing and harvesting of coco-yam is exclusive to women; balancing the activities of sowing…

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7 Important Things to Know About Eze Nri

7 Important Things to Know About Eze Nri

Nri is the ancestral home of all Igbos. It is an ancient Igbo city-state in Anambra State. The Kingdom of Nri was a center of learning, religion, and commerce in pre-colonial times. Historians have compared the significance of Nri, at its peak, to the religious cities of Rome or Mecca. It was the seat of a powerful and imperial state that influenced much of the…

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Understanding Masquerades in Igboland

Understanding Masquerades in Igboland

In the past, we – Igbos – regard masquerades (Mmanwu) as the means for maintaining peace and order within our communities, and they played the role of law enforcement agents. While entertaining through dances and exhibiting extra-human feats, most masquerades (Mmanwu) would walk up to certain individuals and loudly expose any bad habits, crimes or…

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The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades, and Why?

The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades, and Why?

The monarch of ancient Nri Kingdom, popularly referred to as Eze Nri, is the only king in Igboland forbidden from seeing masquerades. According to Igbo customs and traditions, as long as Eze Nri lives, he shall not behold any masquerade either within his kingdom or outside his kingdom while on duty or passing. This is…

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How Igbos Perform Traditional Marriage Rites

How Igbos Perform Traditional Marriage Rites

For us Igbos, traditional marriage rite is usually very festive and colourful. Parents of the couple, their extended families, villagers and towns people play active roles in Igbo traditional wedding ceremony. In the olden days, traditional marriages used to be arranged by the parents of the future bride and groom, after careful investigations into the…

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