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Women and Property Inheritance in Igboland

Women and Property Inheritance in Igboland

Female children in Igboland have suffered so much neglect and exclusion from being involved in their family inheritance due to our cultural beliefs and tradition which invariably position the women as temporary children. In Igboland, they are subconsciously seen and treated as less important to the family, yet when serious needs arise in the family…

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The importance of Traditional Marriage in Igboland

The importance of Traditional Marriage in Igboland

The Igbo traditional marriage is a popular event in Igbo land. Young ladies and men who are getting married use it to bring their friends and well wishers to their homes, to showcase the families where they are coming from unlike before especially in the early 1980s, when it was not as popular as it…

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The Origin Of Igba Nkwa, Traditional Igbo Festival and Celebration

The Origin Of Igba Nkwa, Traditional Igbo Festival and Celebration

Igba Nkwa, the traditional festival in celebration of the Nsude’s legendary exploits in warfare centuries ago. The ceremony is typically performed in remembrance of Uto Nsude, one of the greatest war generals in Igbo history. Igba Nkwa is observed once every two years in Nusde community of Enugu state This celebration and remembrance of Uto’s glorious…

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4 Main Igbo Traditional Musical Instruments at a Glance

4 Main Igbo Traditional Musical Instruments at a Glance

Igbo traditional musical instruments are used primarily by masquerade, dance, and musical groups in special human activities like; rituals, spiritual and cultural events as well as births of new born and funerals. The Igbo musical instruments we’ll highlight in this post are used to make the following impact in the day-to-day lives of our people…

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Mkpokiti – Igbo traditional dance becomes greatest cultural dance in the world

Mkpokiti – Igbo traditional dance becomes greatest cultural dance in the world

The magical Mkpokiti Dance of our people has bagged the United Nations Gold Medal of Culture and Exhibitions. Mkpokiti dance was founded in 1959 by late Chief Festus Okoli Nwankwo of Ugwunano village of Umunze in Orumba local government of Anambra state. Chief Festus created the dance and patented it with Registration No: FGN/TI/614314. In…

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Learning Igbo alphabets from a historical perspective

Learning Igbo alphabets from a historical perspective

Long before the incursion of Europeans into Igboland, we had our own system of Igbo alphabets called NSIBIDI which we used for a wide range of graphic communications. However, NSIBIDI was not taught to all or mastered by all. Learning NSIBIDI was an exclusive right given to only privileged members of secret societies or groups…

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Understanding the Igbo family life and structure

Understanding the Igbo family life and structure

Family is a very important institution in the lives of Igbo people. All relationships, according to Igbo culture, emanates from the family. Every child birthed in any family begins to learn about human relationships from within the family. Our collective view of the family unit, as people of Igbo extraction, is quite different from the…

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Origin of the four market days in Igboland

Origin of the four market days in Igboland

There are four market days in the Igbo land. These market days are Eke, Orie, Afor and Nkwo. Market days in Igbo land are very significant so much so that the four market days I mentioned above are uniformly observed within every community in Igbo land. It was during the reign of Eze Nrijiofor I…

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The Igbo traditional religion and  worship

The Igbo traditional religion and worship

We, the Igbos, are known all over the world as a people who are ardent in matters of our traditional religion and worship. I clearly remember how, a few years back, the catholic congregation in my hometown – Abagana – sparked serious trouble with the local people by pulling down a local religious shrine in…

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Sacred places and things in Igbo traditional religion

Sacred places and things in Igbo traditional religion

In Igbo traditional religion, there are certain places and things that are considered highly sacred. These “sacred” places or things could either be a piece of land, a certain kind of animal, specific water bodies, masquerades etc. The specific places or things we, Igbos, consider sacred in our traditional religion are relative to particular communities.…

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