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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Ijawwomaninoyo: 8:47pm On Jan 12
Jgoldie:
I am not familiar with the Igbo culture but of what significance is the nose mask??

Very colorful event I must say

Someone pls explain?

Dust I think, everywhere there is red sand. The flogging is odd and ridiculous according to Capslocked and the OP mentioned they were showing the celebrant pepper so I don't know why he reacted with insults.

Do Igbos not insult Rochas, Ikpeazu etc, why conclude he is a Yoruba man?

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by HallaDaTruth: 9:06pm On Jan 12
This is just like BARMITZVAR in Israel
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Iyawe247: 9:07pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




This is a very, very detailed piece.
Tradition is all we have and it gives me orgasms to see the next generation carry on with it.

My dear Ihitte-Uboma

Brings back long memories of when I visited Ihitte-Uboma for the burial of a friend's husband.
She couldn't freely receive me there so we managed to drive to neighboring Obowo, she was still inhibited so we had to drive all the way down to Umuopara in Umuahia where she gave me debbé as appreciation for the sacrifice of coming.

We almost crashed at '7-and-half' on our way back if not for God who cautioned her late husband and told him that he had no reason to be jealous since death had done them part.

Nice town aside from those SARS that always stay around Ishinweke waylaying AKTC and Abia Line buses.

...and what is *debbé* if l may ask ?
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by bluefilm: 9:09pm On Jan 12
Nnaa eh, Donstan18, nwoke m i gwa gi ezi okwu, dis una iwa akwa looks just like a low budget cultism initiation. grin grin grin
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by baby124: 9:12pm On Jan 12
sassysure:


U want them to be severally flogged? cheesy

I think the tradition might be for those who have reached the age to marry.
There is a yardstick and benchmark for this I guess.

I was going by this quote by OP:

It is a ceremony that entails the passage of a young boy transforming into a full- fledged man


What exactly has made them men? through wearing cloth and small small flogging? They haven’t shown the community their prowess by farming one acre of bountiful harvests, defeating fellow men in traditional wrestling and building a hut with their bare hands. angry. We are tired of these 21st century audio men who only have sharp mouth and, can make internet videos better than slay queens. embarassed. Or come on NL beating their chest about blue and red pill when not even pangolo is in their pocket undecided.

Oh ok, on the age to marry. I wonder what age that is in traditional Igbo culture cause these ones look like 30yrs. grin
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Cousin9999: 9:15pm On Jan 12
My guy, why are you using the n-word to refer to the men and women participating in this beautiful, traditional ceremony?
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 9:16pm On Jan 12
bluefilm:
Nnaa eh, Donstan18, nwoke m i gwa gi ezi okwu, dis una iwa akwa looks just like a low budget cultism initiation. grin grin grin

Lol. Oweghi ihe omere nh. So long as anyi adighi egbu mmadu, we are good to go. grin grin

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by unbitchable(m): 9:31pm On Jan 12
safarigirl:


You are speaking from a perspective of someone who lives in urban areas. Culture is not dying in the rural areas, people still have shrines in their father's compounds, where they go for ablution, many still poor libation to their ancestors at gatherings.

To say culture is dying is a far reach. Culture is still very much alive.
for the emphasis, people still have shrines in their father's compounds. ibos are originally traditionalists before their large conversation to Christianity. As a number of practices among ibos are deep rooted in tradition and culture, isn't it ridiculous as ibos mock yorubas for being traditionalists?, some ibos go as far as saying yorubas are either Christians, Muslims or traditionalists, thus, unstable whereas, they, being ibos are 99% Christians and are therefore better off. seeing ibos play the masquerades, perform ablutions, sacrifice to the gods, erect family shrines, etc, does this practice conform to Christianity?.. why do they glorify themselves as being predominantly Christians & relegate other people's traditional practices even though they do same in their various communities?. Can you be sure that the folks wearing the masquerades regalia or the large crowd in spectacle aren't ibo Christians?
why do ibos mock others practicing their tradition while they proudly do theirs?

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by unbitchable(m): 9:40pm On Jan 12
baby124:

I was going by this quote by OP:




What exactly has made them men? through wearing cloth and small small flogging? They haven’t shown the community their prowess by farming one acre of bountiful harvests, defeating fellow men in traditional wrestling and building a hut with their bare hands. angry. We are tired of these 21st century audio men who only have sharp mouth and, can make internet videos better than slay queens. embarassed. Or come on NL beating their chest about blue and red pill when not even pangolo is in their pocket undecided.

Oh ok, on the age to marry. I wonder what age that is in traditional Igbo culture cause these ones look like 30yrs. grin
just negodu. these same people insults the northerners who flog themselves for marital rites. the hypocrisy stinks.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Okpa042(m): 9:42pm On Jan 12
franchasng:
But they don't carry gun. Most people give them money on freewill unlike the Special Armed Robbery Squad, SARS!! angry

They have canes, canes are weapons and can be used to assault someone.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Emmanuelhector(m): 9:44pm On Jan 12
rafabenitez:
your apt knowledge about places and towns marvel me,u know these environments so well
Nigga is a driver at peace mass transits

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Chibuway(m): 9:56pm On Jan 12
donstan18:
Firstly, What is Iwa Akwa?


The Iwa akwa, also known as 'cloth wearing', means an initiation into manhood. It is a ceremony that entails the passage of a young boy transforming into a full- fledged man; and it is highly valued, respected and usually practiced by the people of Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma, Obowo and Ahiazu Mbaise Local government areas, all in Imo state. The participants are usually mates of a certain age grade. The wearing of cloths has a symbolic representation. It is a symbol of coverage. It is assumed that they (initiates) were naked before but they are now covered.


I wouldn't want to stress you with too much details as a Nairalander by name Igbodefender had once opened an educative thread on "Iwa Akwa". https://www.nairaland.com/5001028/iwa-akwa-festival-igbo-initiation

Before I forget. The person "Wearing the cloth" is a senior friend, cousin, colleague and buddy. He's just almost everything to me. So base on those settings, I couldn't help but had to forfeit my programs just to be there for him.

This very ceremony happened in Ihitte Uboma LGA, IMO State.

Please help with audience.
That was a good one there.
what a detailed information with pictures. op, you tried.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by NaijadrivaCars: 10:01pm On Jan 12
donstan18:
12: More Photos

Oga where be this?

BTW, Nwanyi ona away akwa?

rumasy drumasy donstan18 ;
My neighbours from ETITI and Mbano told me about this.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 10:04pm On Jan 12
NaijadrivaCars:


Oga where be this?

BTW, Nwanyi ona away akwa?

rumasy drumasy donstan18 grin
Sure, women are allowed to participate FULLY.

It's not just a man thing, but as a woman, it's optional because there are 98% possibilities that you are at your husband's place.

Ihitte Uboma LGA, very close to Mbano.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by NaijadrivaCars: 10:06pm On Jan 12
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked




This is a very, very detailed piece.
Tradition is all we have and it gives me orgasms to see the next generation carry on with it.

My dear Ihitte-Uboma

Brings back long memories of when I visited Ihitte-Uboma for the burial of a friend's husband.
She couldn't freely receive me there so we managed to drive to neighboring Obowo, she was still inhibited so we had to drive all the way down to Umuopara in Umuahia where she gave me debbé as appreciation for the sacrifice of coming.

We almost crashed at '7-and-half' on our way back if not for God who cautioned her late husband and told him that he had no reason to be jealous since death had done them part.

Nice town aside from those SARS that always stay around Ishinweke waylaying AKTC and Abia Line buses.

This man sabi this route sha cheesy Ubomiri, Isinweke etc.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by NaijadrivaCars: 10:07pm On Jan 12
donstan18:

Sure, women are allowed to participate FULLY.

It's not just a man thing, but as a woman, it's optional because there are 98% possibilities that you are at your husband's place.

Ihitte Uboma LGA, very close to Mbano.

I know that Ihitte-Uboma,Mbano and co have this culture.

Do you know any CHUKWU family there?
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 10:09pm On Jan 12
NaijadrivaCars:


Do you know any CHUKWU family there?
Lol. I find this deeply amusing.


How am I suppose to know your particular CHUKWU's family from a Local government area?

I know many CHUKWU's family all over Nigeria.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by FuckAllTheMODs: 10:11pm On Jan 12
Emmanuelhector:
Nigga is a driver at peace mass transits


Lol, nairaland people ehn grin

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by iSlayer: 10:22pm On Jan 12
Which time women begin do age grade? undecided
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by emmaodet: 10:24pm On Jan 12
safarigirl:


You are speaking from a perspective of someone who lives in urban areas. Culture is not dying in the rural areas, people still have shrines in their father's compounds, where they go for ablution, many still poor libation to their ancestors at gatherings.

To say culture is dying is a far reach. Culture is still very much alive.

Well, you are right but also know that there is high rural to urban migration which means people coming from rural area will be assimilated into urban settings and the trend keep growing.
In the next 50-100 years, culture may likely fade away naturally.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by emmaodet: 10:26pm On Jan 12
joyandfaith:


if a culture is not refined, another culture will swallow it. advanced or improved culure is termed civilisation. every civilized society used to practice some barbaric cultural practices but with improvement in ways of doing things certain cultural practices were abandoned, followed by cultural assimilation. if colonial masters had met a superior culture, they could had adopted some of our cultural practices. but they met barbarians.

And that is all the point have made that Culture is dying and we should know that instead of deceiving ourselves.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by sassysure: 10:32pm On Jan 12
baby124:

I was going by this quote by OP:




What exactly has made them men? through wearing cloth and small small flogging? They haven’t shown the community their prowess by farming one acre of bountiful harvests, defeating fellow men in traditional wrestling and building a hut with their bare hands. angry. We are tired of these 21st century audio men who only have sharp mouth and, can make internet videos better than slay queens. embarassed. Or come on NL beating their chest about blue and red pill when not even pangolo is in their pocket undecided.

Oh ok, on the age to marry. I wonder what age that is in traditional Igbo culture cause these ones look like 30yrs. grin

Don't mind those ones that don't know the names of their towns cheesy

Look at this one I posted. They don't look that old. I don't know much about this cultural practice as its not done in my state and also it seems like its modernising. I know for sure that they spend money a lot when doing this. So one jas to make the money first. Maybe thats why they stay that long. Unless your parents or family will do that for u.

Some cultures still do traditional wrestling even outside Nigeria.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by iSlayer: 10:33pm On Jan 12
pocohantas:


And backward...

99.91731% fall into that subset. grin

The worst being those who spent the larger part of their formative years in the SE or have never lived outside the SE for reasonable time. Let alone abroad.




And the < 1 of us who are not backward have now seen you're a foolish girl. Tweh! Ifele megbukwagi. Agafu!

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by sassysure: 10:38pm On Jan 12
donstan18:

Sure, women are allowed to participate FULLY.

It's not just a man thing, but as a woman, it's optional because there are 98% possibilities that you are at your husband's place.

Ihitte Uboma LGA, very close to Mbano.
Really?
So women do this too.

Is there a particular age one is supposed to do this?

Also, do people who engage in this later belong to age grades?
Sorry, I'm asking lots of questions.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by Limitless72(m): 10:38pm On Jan 12
what's the age one must get to before engaging in such rite?
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by iSlayer: 10:38pm On Jan 12
bluefilm:
Nnaa eh, Donstan18, nwoke m i gwa gi ezi okwu, dis una iwa akwa looks just like a low budget cultism initiation. grin grin grin




grin grin grin
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by BiiDii: 10:39pm On Jan 12
donstan18:
I wish I can continue posting, but I'll just stop here.

For all lovers of Cultures and Tradition. May you live long for understanding the importance of Culture.


Bigfrancis21 Mynd44 Lalasticlala
Good reporting but we of Ahiazu Mbaise we don't do it, my village we share boundary with obowo.
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 10:44pm On Jan 12
sassysure:

Really?
So women do this too.

Is there a particular age one is supposed to do this?

Also, do people who engage in this later belong to age grades?
Sorry, I'm asking lots of questions.
Yes. Women do participate.

There's no specific age. We have about 3+ Local governments in IMO state that participate in this, and each of the LGA v'got different age range that qualifies you.

How do you know you've come of age? They have what they call "Umu Ebiri", that's age grade, once you've gotten an age grade, you are to wait till it gets to your set.

Its normally done every 2 or 3 years, depending on the LGA.

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Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by rafabenitez: 10:45pm On Jan 12
Emmanuelhector:
Nigga is a driver at peace mass transits
evidence to prove this
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by donstan18(f): 10:47pm On Jan 12
BiiDii:
Good reporting but we of Ahiazu Mbaise we don't do it, my village we share boundary with obowo.
Not all parts of Ahiazu, but some parts, if not a particular part.

Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by 1Sharon(f): 10:48pm On Jan 12
@donstan18 in what way did Davido marry Chioma traditionally?
Re: A Nairalander Witnesses Iwa Akwa (Wearing Of Cloth) Ceremony In Igboland by unbitchable(m): 10:50pm On Jan 12
pocohantas:


And backward...

99.91731% fall into that subset. grin

The worst being those who spent the larger part of their formative years in the SE or have never lived outside the SE for reasonable time. Let alone abroad.
this would be useful in politics sec.

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