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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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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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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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Electricity: A Commodity Needed for National Development

Electricity: A Commodity Needed for National Development

It is to the joy of a consumer to gain satisfaction in the purchase of a commodity. Electricity is a commodity in high demand in our modern society. Almost every gadget is being designed to be power driven. The energy conversion in question is from electrical energy generated to either mechanical or heat energy needed for operation. Electricity makes life easier for mankind. The reason why most industries go into extinction is due to the overburden cost of power in…

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THE GIRL CHILD

THE GIRL CHILD

The girl-child is a beautiful, creative, intelligent, talented human being. Many great people in the world today are girls that grew up into exceptional women. But some people disregard girls and think they are just weak people; that they are just there to be married, have children and stay in the kitchen their whole life. How boring! That is not how a girl-child’s life should be viewed! She should be going to important places; she should become an important person….

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THE NEED FOR PROACTIVE SECURITY SYSTEM IN NIGERIA

THE NEED FOR PROACTIVE SECURITY SYSTEM IN NIGERIA

How can a lion be running away from a dog? It is a humorous scene to watch. There is something common between these two animals and that is proactiveness. Lions are known to be wild while dogs are domestic. When a lion roars, it scares both other wild animals and domestic animals. Such analysis will be for another day. Security is seen as the state of being protected or being safe from harm. In this wise, it borders on lives,…

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TIME IS AN ENVIRONMENT

TIME IS AN ENVIRONMENT

How long can a baby stay in the womb? Wombs DIFFER, my friend, before you shout the obvious. For an elephant, it’s 21 months, a human takes 9 months, lion’s is 4months, leopard’s is 3months and the list is endless. We may not talk about their strength and uniqueness today, that will be a story for another day. In all of these, a seed was sown and time gives them an environment for an outcome. The clock amongst other gadgets…

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GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY

GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY

One may probably ask what we collected from the Society that we are to give back. This and many more ring also in my head and go through my mind as you rightly thought. Giving back to the Society is a good reflection on a Society with enormous resources, power and landmass for her populace. It is about reaching out to the masses in terms of empowerment, scholarships, infrastructure, technologies and the likes. It centres on individuals or corporate organizations that…

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