Reliving a Dying Tradition: The Rebirth of Igbu Ichi

Reliving a Dying Tradition: The Rebirth of Igbu Ichi

The sound of ringing bells blends with the thrumming of drums. One man is beating two slit wooden drums and another jingling the rattles (oyo) in unison. Ufie music welcomes the Nwadioka, traditional tattooist to the compound of the Nwa-ichi, the man to be tattooed. Known beyond Neni, Ufie—the music produced by the instruments—is an important music with traditional significance. It is played at prominent ceremonial events like festivals, chieftaincy, as well as during Igbu-Ichi. As the compere takes the…

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Endangered but Alive: British Council and Eyisi Ebuluo Foundation Celebrate Igbu Ichi

Endangered but Alive: British Council and Eyisi Ebuluo Foundation Celebrate Igbu Ichi

Across Africa, there are different cultural creations rooted in local traditions. Every year, these cultural creations become endangered for different reasons. The decline started with colonialism and continues to be perpetuated even today. While much attention is paid to endangered languages, little attention is paid to these cultural creations also called intangible cultural heritage. The cultural heritage of a people is encoded as values, songs, proverbs, philosophy in such cultural traditions. When such creations go into extinction, a part of…

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5 DAYS TO GO!

5 DAYS TO GO!

It’s the auspicious gathering of the Nigerian Engineering Family! It is said that when great minds gather, great things happen. Oh yes, that’s what it is! In fulfillment of one of its mandates to promote and update practitioners of the engineering profession through Continuing Professional Development, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) inaugurated and held the first ever Engineering Assembly in 1993, with this year’s Assembly as the 27th in the series. This august event is the…

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WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE

BY MICHAEL FALADE The addictive substance in tobacco is NICOTINE. It is the energy supplement for smoke addicts. It releases extra chemicals in the brain, thereby increasing the brain’s cognitive power, making it function above its normal level. Any attempt to withdraw from continuously feeding the brain with nicotine leads to withdrawal symptoms. Some of the effects nicotine has on the brain are: boosting mood, reducing irritability and depression, and increasing the brain’s ability to memorize. The brain gets accustomed…

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Celebrating my Queen

Celebrating my Queen

That time of the year when I specially count my blessings is here again. On the 15th of July years back, a precious jewel was born. She’s an all-encompassing blessing to my world and the nation. It’s my lovely wife’s birthday anniversary today. You are every lovely word I could possibly think of. An epitome of beauty and brain. What would I have done without you? Today, I tell the world how faithful, committed, sacrificial and supportive you’ve been to…

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YOUR BODY VS. SMOKING

YOUR BODY VS. SMOKING

BY MICHAEL FALADE Compared to other creatures, the human body is very fragile. It can hardly survive ‘harshness’ when compared to creatures in the thick forest. Hence, the safety of the body must be of concern to everyone when subjecting it to unhealthy habits and addictions like SMOKING. It’s important to know what smoking does to the body before you decide whether or not to engage in the act. There are no safe substances in any tobacco, from nitrogen oxides,…

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UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION

By Michael Falade Addiction is the state of absolute dependency on a particular substance or thing. It is the condition of being obsessed with or enslaved by a habit. It is a compulsion, an engrossment, an overwhelming engagement in a practice despite the harmful consequences. Once a conscious decision, substance dependence often leaves its victim with no say or option after a while, due to its side effect on the brain. With time, it becomes a compulsive action and eventually…

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MVP Interior Doctors Loaded…….. (Press Release – 9/6/2018)

MVP Interior Doctors Loaded…….. (Press Release – 9/6/2018)

MVP Interior Doctors is a registered Interior design and organizing Service Company with its head office in Abuja.  The company was established by creative and artistically minded individuals with great love for beauty, passion for interior design and years of experience in the interior design industry. We work with highly dedicated professionals who are experts in their various fields of design and with trusted suppliers of all things interior. This has enabled the company to forge ahead smoothly in its…

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The Creative Make-Up Artist of the Millennium

The Creative Make-Up Artist of the Millennium

This beautiful and creative lady I present to you is a Human Resource Management graduate and the second child of a close-knit family which hails from Kogi State, Nigeria. Ruth Otori has a burning passion for beauty and fashion and focuses on beauty for the meantime, that is, basically make-up artistry, hair/wig making and braiding, as well as gele tying. Surprisingly, she has not received any professional training except for the few YouTube videos she has watched. She’s mostly self-taught….

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THE NIGERIAN FACTOR

THE NIGERIAN FACTOR

This common axiom “The Nigerian Factor” is usually on individuals’ lips, especially residents in Nigeria. It’s high time we derived, if not already, and realized the real meaning. Personally, I have witnessed so many situations where this statement has been given different contextual meanings, but they almost point to ‘one’ thing. In most Nigerian organizations, ‘the Nigerian Factor’ overrules every other laid down principle, unknowingly. With this not being the real intent and vision of the founding fathers, even the…

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