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The Igbos

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The Ibo or Igbo people are found in southeastern Nigeria and have many interesting customs and traditions. With a population of around 40 million throughout Nigeria, they are one of the biggest and most influential tribes. Igbos are well-known for their entrepreneurial endeavours, both within Nigeria and around the world. Here’s everything you need to know. 

The Igbo people are descended from Eri, a divine figure who, according to Igbo folklore, was sent from heaven to begin civilization. Another account presents Eri as one of the sons of Gad (as mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Bible) who travelled down to establish the present-day Igboland.
In Nigeria, Igbos inhabit an area referred to as Igboland, which is divided into two sections along the lower River Niger. They live in most or all parts of five states: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, as well as minor parts of Delta, Rivers and Benue states. Small Igbo communities are also found in parts of Cameroon and Equitorial Guinea.


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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…


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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…

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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 background of both families. These days, however, young men and women are now free to choose whoever they want to get married to, with parental approval.
Despite the seeming change in the method of choosing a spouse, our culture has been sustained, where traditional marriage is concerned. The process involves different stages.

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