The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland

Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization

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Author: Victor Dike

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595459218

Category: History

Page: 108

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Why is the Osu caste system, a form of discrimination, still deep-seated in Igboland? Are the civil and human rights of the Osu not being violated? How does the system affect global perception on Igbo culture and her civilization? The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland: Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization, which is sequel to The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy, describes the pain, grief and agony of those groaning under the Osu caste system in Igboland. The system ascribes an inferior Osu status to the group and limits their social interaction, marriage contracts and relationship of love with the Diala. Consequently, their daily lives are tormented by the associated Osu stigma, which hinders their social mobility and progress. Any person reading this book should reflect critically on the issue and join hands to dismantle the system for justice, fairness and social progress.

Igbo Culture

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Author: Reuben Eneze

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496967488

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 346

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The author presented his book Igbo Culture in a most convincing way by quoting expert opinions on most of the issues he discussed in the book. Through his carefully researched work and detailed analysis of facts, he showed in the book that Igbo youths working hard like their ancestors can reform Igboland into a new and better civilization by sifting the good aspects of Igbo culture into today's way of life. He started his book by making a brief reference to the possible migration route of Igbo ancestors from their earliest settlements in the forest region of Central Africa to their present-day settlement in Southeastern Nigeria of West Africa. He also made a brief reference to the development of the Igbo civilization through the period covering the Stone Age and Iron Age civilizations (pages 114). He painted a clear picture of the cultural background of the community where he was born and brought up and lived in for more than sixty years before he traveled to the United States of America. He traced the more than twenty-six generations-deep lineages, beliefs, concepts, customs, and history of Ihe Shikeaguma in Ntuegbe clan of Enugu State in Southeastern Nigeria as a sample core Igbo culture community. He also delved into the historical links and social formation of this community, with emphasis on genealogy, religion, settlement, language, government, law enforcement, defense, seasons, festivals, and residential structures (pages 1583). He took his readers to Igbo thought on God, self, family, human life, birth, death, spirit, human mind, and reincarnation (pages 85113). He clearly documented the cultural products of Igbo thought, which can be seen in the formulation of Igbo institutions with special reference to marriage, the extended family system, the social status structure and title system, festivals, informal education, traditional law, community service, religion, divination, and health-care services (pages 114202). He explained that the symbolism of various articles and some spoken words in Igbo culture are products of Igbo thought. He referred to ofo stick, kola nut, alligator pepper, spears, tribal face marks, body paint, white chalk, and the young palm frond as symbols or instruments of Igbo philosophical expressions and concepts (pages 203214). He showed how Igbo culture and philosophy have been affected by the cultures of Igbo neighbors in Nigeria and by other foreign cultures with special references to the following: (a) Ugwuele civilization (a Stone Age culture)1,000,000 BC500,000 BC (b) Nri civilization (a ritualized kingship system)AD 800AD 1700 (c) Aro civilization (slave trade and colonial era)AD 1700AD 1850 (d) Border civilization (slave trade and colonial era)AD 800AD1900 (e) External civilization (slave trade and colonial era)AD 1700AD 2000 (pages 215238) The author concluded his work by making an evaluation of Igbo culture. He carefully examined the oriented values of the Igbo and highlighted those areas of Igbo culture that should be refurbished and reinfused into Igbo life by the Igbo themselves in order to transform Igboland into a big theater of modern civilization (pages 239246).

Nigerian heritage

the Igbo culture

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Author: E. K. Faluyi,L. C. Dioka

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Igbo (African people)

Page: 147

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Inculturation as Dialogue

Igbo Culture and the Message of Christ

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Author: Chibueze C. Udeani

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042022299

Category: History

Page: 227

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Although Africa is today often seen, because of its large number of Christians, as the future hope of the Church, a closer examination of African Christianity, however, shows that the Christian faith has not taken deep root in Africa. Many Africans today declare themselves to be Christians but still remain followers of their traditional African religions, especially in matters concerning the inner dimensions of their lives. It is evident that, in strictly personal matters relating to such issues as passage rites and crises, most Africans turn to their African traditional religions.As an incarnational faith, part of the history of Christianity has been its encounter with other cultures and its becoming deeply rooted in some of these cultures. The central question remains: Why has the Christian faith not taken deep root in Africa? This volume is concerned with answering this question.

Readings for Amerigerian Igbo

Culture, History, Language, and Legacy

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Author: Professor Samuel C. Obi

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452097941

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Readings for Amerigerian Igbo was written to be a legacy, road map and information source for American-born Nigerian children (Amerigerians) who, unlike their Nigerian-born and raised parents, did not get the chance to be born and raised in Nigerian culture. This generation has significant language and cultural deficiencies with regard to their Nigerian root. This book was written to help this later generation, and other like future generations, to understand better the nature of their root, and what to do to help facilitate their connection to that root. A rootless human being often feels like someone who dropped out of the sky with no known origin. Such a life has a tendency to bounce around with little or no anchor. Often, people with that type of background have a tendency to lose hope of striving, as they encounter difficult life problems in their new and emerging world. During the 1970s and early 1980s, there was a mass exodus of Nigerian students to American colleges and universities. Since then, most American-educated Nigerian graduates are forced to find jobs and settle in the United States. Being relatively new in the United States, the Nigerian community is emerging and discovering that there are problems associated with settling in the United State after all. One of those problems deals with educating and acclimatizing their American-born children with the ethos of life in the Nigeria that these parents left behind as students. Highlights of the book include: history and background of Nigerians who studied in the United States; how Amerigerians’ situation evolved; what has been done to help solve the problem; the realities of things and inevitable challenges for Amerigerians; dealing with Amerigerians’ situation, i.e. what Amerigerians can do; roses in our culture; and some helpful lessons to speaking the Igbo language.

Glimpses of Igbo culture and civilization

proceedings from a Pan-Igbo National Seminar and Workshop organised by Renaissance Cultural Heritage Centre ... Uwani, Enugu, Nigeria

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Author: Okolie Animba

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Overcoming Women's Subordination in the Igbo African Culture and in the Catholic Church

Envisioning an Inclusive Theology with Reference to Women

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Author: Rose N. Uchem

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581121339

Category: Religion

Page: 259

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"When African scholars lament over the near destruction of African cultures, they do not reflect the reality of African women's historical traditions of empowerment and inclusion in pre-colonial/pre-Christian African societies, which were also lost in the same process of Western Christian cultural imperialism. Similarly, most male Church theologians writing or speaking about inculturation do not address the deeper cultural issues, which impact heavily on African women. ..... [from back cover]

Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions, 1857-1957

Conversion in Theory and Practice

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Author: Augustine Senan Ogunyeremuba Okwu

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761848843

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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This book explores the strategies and methods of the Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries in Igboland and Igbo response during the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Using oral traditions, primary sources, and the author's life experience as a Christian convert and missionary, the text examines the missions' programs, missteps, and impact.

Philosophy of Proverbs in Igbo Culture

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Author: Francis Nwonwu

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496984196

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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The book is a philosophical and didactic discourse on thirty-six Igbo proverbs that center on the chicken. The chicken is used as a point of departure to illustrate the travails, vicissitudes, and triumphs people experience in life. The selected proverbs cut across many issues and teach morals that convey desirable ethical and moral standards in society.

Igbo Culture and Gospel

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Author: Michael Ukpong

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643905297

Category: Christianity and culture

Page: 399

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Pope John Paul II speaks in "Ecclesia in Africa" (1995) of the necessity for the church to inculturate itself into the cultures of the African peoples. This book shows what makes inculturation in Africa a necessity. Against the background of a socio-empircal study it becomes understandable, why in the history of mission, from a European-religious perspective much remains misunderstood and causes distress until today. The author focuses on the 'way of Inculturation" showing how a "rooting of the Gospel in Africa" could be possible and sustainable. (Series: Biblical Perspectives for Annunciation and Teaching / Biblische Perspektiven fur Verkundigung and Unterricht, Vol. 7) [Subject: Theology, African Studies]

The Study of Igbo Culture

Essays in Honour of F.C. Ogbalu

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Author: F. Chidozie Ọgbalụ

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Igbo (African people)

Page: 126

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Nri

the cradle of Igbo culture and civilization

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Author: Otigbuanyinya O. C. Onyesoh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 108

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Things Fall Apart

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Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435905255

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

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This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall. This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.

The Significant Role of Initiation in the Traditional Igbo Culture and Religion

An Inculturation Basis for Pastoral Catechesis of Christian Initiation

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Author: George Nnaemeka Oranekwu

Publisher: Iko

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 267

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"In the face of the difficult task of inculturating the Christian faith in Igboland, christianizing the Igbo and igbonizing Christianity, this book offers a study of Igbo traditional initiation forms in comparison with the Christian sacraments of initiation. Because of its characteristic features and the significant role in Igbo tradition and culture, it proposes traditional Igbo initiation forms as inculturation bases of pastoral catechesis of Christian initiation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Roman

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Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104007365

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Der Afrika-Roman, der die moderne afrikanische Literatur begründete und die Weltliteratur prägte – endlich in neuer Übersetzung! Chinua Achebe erzählt von Verrat und Rache, von Leidenschaften, die keine Ruhe finden, und von Sehnsüchten, die keine Zukunft haben. Okonkwo, stark und jähzornig, stösst sich an den strengen Stammesregeln und zerbricht an dem Regime der britischen Kolonialherren. In seinem Meisterwerk beschreibt Achebe den Konflikt einer archaischen Kultur in einer Sprache, die rituell-sprichwörtlich, dokumentarisch und elementar poetisch ist: Mit diesem Roman erhielt der Kontinent eine Stimme.

Moral Integrity & Igbo Cultural Value

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Author: Joseph Ogbonnaya

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465396578

Category: Social Science

Page: 148

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Most people of Igbo extraction are worried at the alarming rate of social ills bedevilling the Igbo nation. These social evils which debauch authentic Igbo socio-cultural communal ethos include violent crimes like kidnapping of fellow Igbo brothers and sisters for ransom, hired assassinations, armed robbery, political thuggery, etc. These socio-cultural eddies not only pose security risks to people but also paralyse socio-political, religious and economic activities in Igbo land. These crimes are dialectically opposed to the authentic cultural values of Ndigbo who traditionally are known for their rich cultural values and high morality with regard to the sanctity of life and the primacy of the common good arising from Igbo republican spirit. One is left wondering why and what has changed to bring about these various cycles of moral decay which have battered our social system and our noble cultural values. This book written from the backdrop of the increasing crime rate in Igboland examines the agents of social transformation that has impacted Ndigbo beginning from inter-tribal trading, colonialism, including the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War up to the forces of globalization. It argues that the agents of social changes has not destroyed Ndigbo’s cultural values but has affected Ndigbo’s attitude toward life. It proposes Ndigbo’s moral integrity based on the conept of ezindu (good life) as the foundation of Ndigbo’s common meaning or cultural value. This book therefore, creates an awareness of the impact of modernity on Igboland and proposes a response based on Ndigbo’s cultural value, one that promotes moral integrity as a panacea to forces of secularization. It identifies the social evils which afflict Igboland and traces the problem to the breakdown of authentic cultural values of the people. It will establish a theoretical framework for analysis by locating the causes of this breakdown with a cultural dis-valuation arising from distortion in the dialectic of Igbo communities as a result of lack of integration with the forces of secularization. These unleashed greed and various forms of self-interest to the detriment of the common good. The way forward, I will argue, lies in attending to the integrity of cultural values that inform the everyday life of the people. This will be the task of those creative minority who by paying attention to the superstructural cultural values responsible for arts, science, philosophy and the human sciences will re-create cultural values responsive to the malaise of modernity in the various forms it is influencing the Igbo nation. This, in itself, will demand moral integrity rooted in authentic cultural value and greater responsibility on the part of the superstructure of culture. Christianity as the dominant religion in Igboland must be prepared to impact the life and value of Ndigbo positively and integrate Ndigbo’s cultural values in her ministry of evangelization.