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Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 11:30pm On Jul 31, 2012
The architecture of the Igbo people is almost as diverse as other parts of their culture. This thread will showcase different types of traditional buildings built mainly before colonisation and will include their origin and history if available. If you are going to contribute please include the origin of the building.

Most Igbo houses were private houses built alongside other buildings in a family compound enclosed by a large wall. The main entrance was usually a gate. The main materials used in building Igbo houses include mud, timber and raffia/palm stems which are used for the wall support of the walls and roofs, and the roof. There were different kinds of shapes and and sizes of buildings and compounds, which most buildings were housed in, and of course public buildings as well.

Most of the pictures are from here: http://ukpuru.tumblr.com/
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 11:39pm On Jul 31, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 11:44pm On Jul 31, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 11:57pm On Jul 31, 2012
Moved to another forum. See where below.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by Crayola1: 11:59pm On Jul 31, 2012


Mbari house. The location was posted as unknown.




Chief Ogbua, Onitcha

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by odumchi: 12:02am On Aug 01, 2012
Nice thread, Ezeagu.

Ekpe Lodges

In pre-colonial times, Ekpe lodges were one of the most important buildings that existed in Eastern Igbo communities. They were situated at the heart of villages and were symbols of autonomy. Once a village had an Ekpe ledge, it was considered autonomous since the presence of the lodge suggested that it was capable of governing itself.

The lodges were centers of government, learning, and diplomacy. Within them, court cases, communal affairs, law legislation, and diplomacy were discussed. It was forbidden for non-Ekpe members to enter them (especially women and children). Even during European colonization, Ekpe lodges were used as temporary government houses until permanent structures were built. Nowadays, they are still significant because Ekpe members still gather within them.

The lodges were built with mud bricks and their exterior walls were decorated with Nsibiri ideograms. Their roofs were made of raffia palms and grass roots.

I will post a picture of an Ekpe lodge soon.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 2:45am On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 2:54am On Aug 01, 2012
Keep going.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 2:57am On Aug 01, 2012
Nil here, go down.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:02am On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:07am On Aug 01, 2012
See the link below for this post

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:14am On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:17am On Aug 01, 2012
See at omambala[dot]com

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:47am On Aug 01, 2012
What? Look down.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 12:41pm On Aug 01, 2012
Gone to to omambala[dot]com
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 12:45pm On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 12:46pm On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 2:50pm On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 2:51pm On Aug 01, 2012
Gone, sorry not sorry.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:03pm On Aug 01, 2012
Going, going, gone.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:09pm On Aug 01, 2012
See above

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ChinenyeN(m): 3:21pm On Aug 01, 2012
Here's what makes me upset. It takes a high degree of specialized language in order to communicate these architectural ideas; language that involves terminology for the concepts of geometry, measurement and logistics. The lack of active written records also means that people had no choice but to really know what it was they were doing and also know how to communicate that knowledge to others that they were working with, because otherwise, they would not be able to produce these works. I wonder now how many people still have this knowledge and to the same specialized degree. The lexicon would be invaluable to language development.

Anyway, let me not break the flow here. I just felt like getting that out of my mind.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:28pm On Aug 01, 2012
Yeah, I wonder what the different communities called 'floors', 'stairs', 'stair case', 'geometry', 'cube', 'balcony' and hundreds of other features seen in these buildings.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:32pm On Aug 01, 2012
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 3:33pm On Aug 01, 2012
See my sig.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 4:16pm On Aug 01, 2012
At that forum you'll see it.
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 4:27pm On Aug 01, 2012
See above.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 5:37pm On Aug 01, 2012
See others.

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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 5:39pm On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 5:41pm On Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 5:42pm On Aug 01, 2012
Re: Igbo Architecture | Ụlọ omé n'Ìgbò by ezeagu(m): 5:44pm On Aug 01, 2012
As all the posts have said...

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