Igbo Culture


Author: Reuben Eneze

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496967488

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 346

View: 4426

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


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

Publisher: N.A


Category: Igbo (African people)

Page: 147

View: 5062

The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland

Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization


Author: Victor Dike

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595459218

Category: History

Page: 108

View: 7818

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.

Justice in Igbo Culture


Author: Nkeonye Otakpor

Publisher: Malthouse Press

ISBN: 9789788422037

Category: Law

Page: 148

View: 1838

There has existed the naive assumption that until the unsolicited advent of colonialism, the so-called "noble and savage" tribes had no legal system worthy of attention. The Igbo people were not exempted from this assumption. Justice itself cannot be realized outside a system of law and its institutions. It is a system in which law is a vital aspect of man's culture and social existence; embodying the collective will of the community and binding the members of that community in a unity of purpose. In all of these, the exercise of reason is essential and indispensable. In the face of the colonial and neo-colonial assumption of the non-existence of law, the evidence on the ground suggests something totally different. If anything, that evidence shows that: (a) the assumption was an essential part of the ideology of colonialism; (b) it was an important psychological armour which, in conjunction with the Bible and gunpowder, helped to bring about the physical, political, economic, and mental domination of non-Europeans. In this book, an attempt is made to elucidate the logical features of some fundamental concepts and phrases related to justice, dispute settlement, and the organization of life and work in Igbo communities in Aniocha north local government area of Delta State. According to them, justice is a concept that permeates the whole social fabric. I admit that no Igbo community is unique in this respect because there is no human society or community where justice does not occupy a central position in terms of constituting the ultimate measure for the conduct of affairs at individual and community levels.

Readings for Amerigerian Igbo

Culture, History, Language, and Legacy


Author: Professor Samuel C. Obi

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452097941

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 3446

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.

Inculturation as Dialogue

Igbo Culture and the Message of Christ


Author: Chibueze C. Udeani

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042022299

Category: History

Page: 227

View: 7858

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.

Nnöö-welcome to Enugu

An Insight Guide to Igboland's Culture and Language


Author: N.A

Publisher: Congrats Publisher, Enugu, Nigeria

ISBN: 9783594907

Category: Education

Page: 98

View: 3856

This book provides simple and easy-to-read insights into Igbo language, Igbo culture and Enugu. Not only does the guide describe the wide variety of the traditions in this part of Nigeria, attention is also paid to normal day-to-day facets of life in the town and villages. It contains a complete guide on Igbo language, highlighted in sample conversations, includes an Igbo English dictionary and explains the basic Igbo grammar structure. The book has become the essential guide for development workers, volunteers, teachers, national youth service corpers, ex-pats, tourists and just anyone who wants to learn and enjoy Igboland customs, traditions and language.

Things Fall Apart


Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141393963

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 9901

Okonkwo is the greatest warrior alive, famous throughout West Africa. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy. Chinua Achebe's stark novel reshaped both African and world literature. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions, 1857-1957

Conversion in Theory and Practice


Author: Augustine Senan Ogunyeremuba Okwu

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761848843

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 7259

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.

Igbo Culture and Gospel


Author: Michael Ukpong

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643905297

Category: Christianity and culture

Page: 399

View: 1634

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 cradle of Igbo culture and civilization


Author: Otigbuanyinya O. C. Onyesoh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 108

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Philosophy of Proverbs in Igbo Culture


Author: Francis Nwonwu

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496984196

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

View: 868

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.

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

Envisioning an Inclusive Theology with Reference to Women


Author: Rose N. Uchem

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581121339

Category: Religion

Page: 259

View: 6244

"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]

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

An Inculturation Basis for Pastoral Catechesis of Christian Initiation


Author: George Nnaemeka Oranekwu

Publisher: Iko


Category: Religion

Page: 267

View: 4646

"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

Glimpses of Igbo culture and civilization

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


Author: Okolie Animba

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 294

View: 2363

The Study of Igbo Culture

Essays in Honour of F.C. Ogbalu


Author: F. Chidozie Ọgbalụ

Publisher: N.A


Category: Igbo (African people)

Page: 126

View: 3669