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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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BRITISH COUNCIL’S “GO WOMAN GO” (GWG) BUILDING WRAP PROJECT LAUNCH

BRITISH COUNCIL’S “GO WOMAN GO” (GWG) BUILDING WRAP PROJECT LAUNCH

And that was how I got an invitation letter from the British Council to be part of the Press Preview event and Building Wrap Launch, as a media personality. Basically, the “Go Woman Go” Project, being one of the ongoing more than 30 projects programmed by the British Council as part of the UK/Nigeria 2015/2016 arts work season, is a visual arts outdoor installation project in the form of a building wrapped with a specially designed and fabricated textile material….

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“AFRICAN TIME”?

“AFRICAN TIME”?

Everyone has a daily schedule, which mainly revolves around activities such as: going to school, work, place of worship, attending meetings & fora, going for shopping or to the market, delivering services to clients, making calls, doing the laundry, honoring of different types of invitation, exercising and keeping fit, cooking, bible reading, praying, eating, sleeping; without following any particular pattern. You know best how you do it, it’s personal. Granted, sometimes, other unplanned circumstances and situations are capable of thwarting…

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PROUD OF YOUR LANGUAGE?

PROUD OF YOUR LANGUAGE?

Different tribes there are, using different languages, different dialects. Each is known for its own. It singles out descendants of a particular tribe all over the world no matter where. It is their true identifying mark. It is part of their culture, their inherited speech, what they are known by. Once an individual is born in a land, he grows to see himself fluently speaking a particular dialect spoken by the people of that area or vicinity. He gets so…

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