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The article is about an ancient cultural festival in Abia, Nigeria that is still being practiced to date.
The Bantu dispersal across sub-Saharan Africa had a profound impact on the continent's culture, language, history, and education. The migration of the Bantu people influenced the formation of diverse societies, the spread of Bantu languages, the development of political entities, and the transmission of knowledge, leaving a lasting legacy on African heritage and contributions to the world.
The article explores the art and significance of Adinkra symbols in Ghanaian culture, highlighting their evolution as a form of writing and comparing them to the Nsibidi symbols used in Igbo Land, Nigeria.
This essay talks on the new yam festival which happens every year in Nigeria.
This article explores the captivating world of the Oro masquerade, an ancient African tradition originating from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, delving into its origins, materials, tribes, cultural significance, controversies, and its role as a unifying force in African culture while unraveling its enigmatic nature and enduring allure.
This is a study and investigation into the nature of diplomacy and international relations in the Pre-Colonial West Africa and how these earliest forms of diplomatic interactions with the outside played a huge part in state building and the balance of power among West African states from 1600-1800.
Hubert Ogunde, a visionary filmmaker born in Ososa Ijebu, Nigeria, revolutionized Nigerian cinema with his groundbreaking films and theatrical performances. Through his commitment to authentic storytelling, cultural preservation, and social change, Ogunde's legacy continues to inspire artists and audiences, leaving an enduring impact on Nigerian cinema and the wider world of film.
Ayedun, a historical Nigerian town in Ekiti state, preserves rich cultural culinary traditions, particularly centered around yams. The annual Ogun festival celebrates yams with dancing, masquerades, and pounding yam to honor the deity Ogun. Emu is another significant yam-related celebration where villagers enjoy the newly harvested yams together. Besides yams, Aadun, a delightful corn-based dish, adds diversity to Ayedun's culinary offerings. The town's commitment to preserving traditions, including rituals and architecture, showcases its cultural heritage, and cultural tourism is embraced to share these unique practices with visitors.
This passage highlights the emergence of Black feminism in Africa, particularly associated with Pan-Africanism. Women in Nigeria played pivotal roles in protests against colonial interference, giving rise to a formidable type of feminism. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a prominent figure in Nigerian feminism, founded the Abeokuta Ladies' Club and led major protests against women's taxation and the monarchy. Her activism extended to national and international levels, earning her honors and recognition for her relentless pursuit of women's rights and social justice.
Ohafia, located in Abia state, Nigeria, is an Ibo-speaking community with 26 villages, led by Elu as the capital. Renowned for its great warriors, Ohafia's age-grade system plays a crucial role in socializing members and engaging them in community projects. The traditional age-grade retirement ceremony, Ota-omu, fosters unity, economic growth, and respect among its members.
The article praises Queen Iden of the ancient Benin Kingdom for her love and service to her husband, Oba Ewuakpe, during a turbulent time when he faced rejection and humiliation. Queen Iden's sacrifice, by offering her life to restore the people's loyalty to the monarchy, is considered heroic and marked a turning point in the kingdom's stability. The article highlights the significant role of women, like Queen Iden, in the evolution and development of pre-colonial Benin's socio-political culture, emphasizing their powerful virtues and influence.
The Eyo festival, also known as the Adamu Orisa Play, is a revered traditional Nigerian masquerade with deep cultural significance in the Yoruba community. Originating in the early 19th century in Lagos State, it evolved from the ancient practice of honoring deceased kings or chiefs. Unlike its secretive predecessor, the Oro festival, the Eyo festival is performed openly and attracts spectators from all walks of life. Symbolizing unity, it purifies the city, honors ancestors, and plays a vital role in the coronation of a new Oba (King). This festival's impact extends beyond Nigeria, promoting tourism, boosting the economy, and preserving Yoruba culture and heritage worldwide.
Waist beads have deep cultural significance in Africa, representing femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spirituality. They have been used for rites of passage, contraception, and protection against evil spirits.
The musical life of Àyìnlá Ọmọwúrà is chronicled in this article which examines his music, life and impact. An Apala musician from Abeokuta, Ayinla's music discussed various societal ills.
Music has long been a tool for resistance and protest in Africa. Throughout history, African musicians have used their art to express political dissent, challenge oppressive regimes, and promote social change.
African history has been shaped by numerous women who have made significant contributions in various fields. Despite facing numerous challenges and barriers, these women have emerged as leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers, breaking stereotypes and paving the way for future generations of women.
The Yoruba people are an ethnic group that originated in West Africa, specifically in present-day Nigeria and Benin. However, their influence and traditions have spread far beyond their place of origin, including to South America. The Yoruba culture, and its associated religions, has played a significant role in shaping the societies and cultures of many South American countries, particularly Brazil, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The evolution of currency in West Africa spans centuries and encompasses a wide range of cultures and civilizations. From bartering to cowrie shells, beads, metal objects, European currencies and now digital currencies like Bitcoin. The use of foreign currencies, particularly the US dollar, remains widespread in West Africa, and digital currencies offer a number of advantages over traditional forms of currency, including lower transaction costs and increased security.
Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is a Nigerian juju singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who goes by the stage name King Sunny Adé. He is known as one of the first African Pop artists to become popular around the world, and he has been called one of the most influential musicians of all time.
Hairdressing and hairstyles are strong features for identification and social status among the Yoruba.
African art became an instrument of aesthetics, an embellishment of worth and cultural glorification, as well as an exploration of anthropological details and the globalisation of African cosmology.
The Mau Mau Uprising is another African history relating to the national activist movement for freedom in Kenya. It was a bloody war of liberation that lasted from 1952 to 1963 and is said to be the foundation of Kenyan independence.
The Maasai are an ethnic group who inhabit Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. A semi-nomadic group, they are one of the most popular locals in the world, not least because they dwell close to the African game parks but because of their peculiar dress, customs and food.
Kumbwada is an ancient kingdom with a population of about 33,000 people which is located in Niger, a state in the Northern part of Nigeria
The marriage traditions of the Hausa ethnic group in Nigeria
Meanwhile, traditional practices are considered detrimental after being subjected to and evaluated under objective lenses of biological, social, psychological and natural sciences and deemed not to meet the psycho-social needs of man nor are necessary for his development and physical well-being, and therefore negate scientific theory and best practices. Such traditions are known as Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP).
The myths surrounding people with albinism are too numerous to mention and these have been deeply ingrained in the minds of those who believe it.
Although African myths may be mysterious and sometimes illogical, judging them from a typical western standpoint is not right. This is because some scientific information could be gotten from the explanatory stories, origin stories and didactic stories which constitute thesemyths. African myths embody the multifaceted African thought systems which are transmitted in ritual practice, with manifestations in the form of African spirituality.
Pioneered by women from the Owerri and Calabar provinces of south-eastern Nigeria, the “Women’s War” in Igbo history or the “Aba Women’s Riots of 1929” in British colonial historywas an immense rejoinder to the oppressive and repressive administration of the British colonial administrators in south-eastern Nigeria. This riot became one of the meanest challenge against British rule in the colony and an epochal case of feminist thought and tendencies as well as anti-colonial revolt.
The advent of the European world left Africa with little or no choice. It was indeed a brutal condition of either immediate adaptation or cultural annihilation. Therefore, the question that remained pertinent in the minds of early writers was the issue of African autonomy and cultural splendor.
Queen Amina is a heroine known in and outside Africa. More than a myth, Queen Amina’s legend is a replica of history and it lays claims to historical places, faces and figures. Her story has at its core a moral and inspiring dimension and also imbues a sense of self-worth among the people. As such, retelling her story and preserving the legend does not only educate the African reader and give him confidence in his cultural heritage, but also enlightens the foreign reader about Africa, putting an end to years of cultural misrepresentation.
Oral poetry in Africa has been an artistic compendium of the beliefs and culture of the African people. There are many forms of oral poetry in the African society such as the invocative poetry, didactic poetry, praise poetry, special occasion poetry, lyrics, funeral poetry, ritual poetry, satirical poetry and epic poetry.
African societies had a thriving structure, culture, tradition, belief system as well as curative methods and measures which formed the thread that held and kept autochthons since time.
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