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Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Alcofrybas(m): 3:48pm On Jan 16, 2011
Hello to everybody. I Joined this forum because, as a non-Nigerian, I recently became interested in the different cultural traditions of Nigeria (past and present)

The Benin masks and ornaments carved in ivory are famous world wide. They're museum items, and in some books about art they're the only items showed under the section "African Art".

I'm also learning how to play (or rather struggle with)  percussion, and believe me, Nigeria has produced the majority of African Percussion known and manufactured outside Africa. Here is a list of the most popular African Items made by major western manufacturers:

Non-Nigerian Percussion and the ethnic groups that invented them

1) Bougarabou (Jola).
2) Djembe (Mandinka).
3) Djun Djun (Mande tribes).
4) Ngoma (Swahili).
5) Rattles (Various African Countries).

Nigerian Percussion:

1) Agogo (also known as Gankogui in Ghana).
2) Ashiko.
3) Bata.
3) Shekere (also known as Atxase in Ghana).
4) Talking Drum.
5) Udu.

I am sorry for any typos and grammatical errors (or horrors), but it should be quite clear by now that I'm not fluent at all in any African Language

I know that there is much more to know about the diverse Nigerian traditions than its works of art and its percussion. That's why I joined this forum. This thread is also dedicated to those abroad who never had the chance to know their roots. Everybody is welcome to suggest books, websites, or post links and videos.

Needless to say, I would not like any polemics in this forum. Let's keep it contructive, shall we?.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Kind regards.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 6:18pm On Jan 16, 2011
The almagamation of Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria in 1914 by Sir Fredrick Lord Lugard brought about the entity called Nigeria. The country was further divided into 3 with the splitting of the South into 2 namely east and west.
There are so many ethnic groups in Nigeria namely:
Igbo.
Hausa-Fulani.
Itsekiri.
Kanuri.
Nupe.
Ibibio.
Egun.
ETC.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 6:33pm On Jan 16, 2011
One of the dominant ethnic groups/cultures in Nigeria is the Igbo numbering about 40 million worldwide. Ndigbo, the Igbo or Igbo people are found in the East and West of River Niger.
Rafia and palm trees that are found everywhere in Igboland has made Ndigbo to produce the best palm drinks in Nigeria.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 6:38pm On Jan 16, 2011
A very remarkable feature of Igbo culture is kola nutology. Thogh Ndigbo do not chew kola nut most nor grow it most but celebrates it most. Every ceremony in Igboland starts with the presentation of kola nut and the blessing of it.

Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 7:23pm On Jan 16, 2011
great people are geat sculptors and carvers. Some Igbo art work are found in British museums for example the one in this photograph.

Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 7:31pm On Jan 16, 2011
One of the delicacies of Ndigbo is Ugba (oil bean).

Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 7:38pm On Jan 16, 2011
Iri ji or Iwa ji festival (new yam festival) is an annual festival celebrated by Ndigbo in Nigeria and in Diaspora from August till December. This festival marks the end of an agricultural period and the beginning of a new farming year. The yam is the chief crop in Igboland.

Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Alcofrybas(m): 8:31pm On Jan 16, 2011
Thank you very much for your contribution, Andre Uweh.

I would very much like to receive information about reliable sources (books, websites, links, videos), related to history, art, music, traditional ceremonies, food, attires and folklore in general.

Kind regards.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 11:46pm On Jan 16, 2011
Chinua Achebe's novel ''Things Fall Apart'' is to Igbo culture what the Bible is to Christianity.
Elechi Amadi's book ''Ihuoma and Flora Nwapa's book ''Efuru also dealt on Igbo culture.
Forklore; Prof Emenanjo's work.
History: Isichei.E. ''History of Igbo people'', The works of prof A.Afigbo. Prof Onwujiegwu, Prof I. Uzoigwe, Prof Ijomah, etc.
Igbo language: F.C Ogbalu, Ofomata, Nwoga, Pita Nwana etc.
Art: Demas Nwoko.
Igbo music: Laz Ekwueme.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Alcofrybas(m): 1:55am On Jan 17, 2011
Thank you very much for your time, and for the information, Andre Uweh.

I am aware that there are over 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Needless to say, everyone who wants to participate in this thread is welcome.

I am South American, and the influence that Africans left in the diverse Latin American folklores is immense.

For example, many ancient Yoruba rites are still practiced in "Santería", a religion with millions of followers in Brazil, the Antilles and the northern coasts of South America.

Thank you all for your attention, and good morning. It's 8:30 p.m. on this side of the planet.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 6:14pm On Jan 17, 2011
^^ I do not believe there are 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria. Some of the groups that are some regard as ethnic groups are just groups under a larger ethnic group. For example Ukwuani and Ikwerre are just Igbo groups. To cut the story short, we do not have up to 250 ETHNIC GROUPS.
I started with the Igbo because Igbo is an epitome of Nigerian culture.
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Nobody: 7:50pm On Jan 17, 2011
@poster

I havent forgotten your request, just been a lil busy lately. Will post some details here sometimes.

In the mean time, check out this marvelous thread showcasing the beautiful Hausa and Fulani culture. Enjoy!

https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-582062.0.html
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Nobody: 7:56pm On Jan 17, 2011
Alcofrybas:

Thank you very much for your time, and for the information, Andre Uweh.

I am aware that there are over 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Needless to say, everyone who wants to participate in this thread is welcome.

I am South American, and the influence that Africans left in the diverse Latin American folklores is immense.

For example, many ancient Yoruba rites are still practiced in "Santería", a religion with millions of followers in Brazil, the Antilles and the northern coasts of South America.

Thank you all for your attention, and good morning. It's 8:30 p.m. on this side of the planet.

Yoruba culture are practice and respected in most part of the world. Check out this threads. smiley

https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-544320.0.html

https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-478074.0.html


If you look through the second website above, most of the pictures illustrates the rich and vibrant culture of the Yoruba and Edo(Bini) people. Edo might be a minority, but they've presented some cultural influences to the Yoruba people. I'd suggest you entertain yourself with the Edo culture too. I, myself, am captivated by their beautiful culture kiss
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by AndreUweh(m): 10:25pm On Jan 17, 2011
@ the poster:  This is Royalty in Igboland. The photograph attached here is one of the monarchs of Igboland-The Obi of Onitsha. What the monarch is wearing has so many meanings attached to it in Igboland. Study the meanings of what the monarch is wearing.

Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Tsiya(m): 12:20am On Jan 18, 2011
Andre Uweh:

The almagamation of Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria in 1914 by Sir Fredrick Lord Lugard brought about the entity called Nigeria. The country was further divided into 3 with the splitting of the South into 2 namely east and west.
There are so many ethnic groups in Nigeria namely:
Igbo.
Hausa-Fulani.
Itsekiri.
Kanuri.
Nupe.
Ibibio.
Egun.
ETC.

The Hausa and Fulani are separate ethnic groups married together by their common religion Islam.

Moreover in the Northern part of Nigeria, majority of minority ethnic groups and languages are being eaten into the more larger Hausa language. For instance, in Bauchi State, Gera and Miya languages, the indeginous Bauchi languages are nearly extints. More and more Fulani people don't speak and can't understand the Fula language.

The Hausa extremely love their language and speak it all the time. Perharps it is the only Nigerian language that is constantly growing especially within Nigeria and in neighbouring African countries. Moreover the Hausa Language is easy to read and learn.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOi0bG7vBLM



http://www.teachyourselfhausa.com

There is Hausa language broadcast on BBC, DW, Radio France, Voice of America, Radio China. If you want to hear how the language sounds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/hausa/
http://www.voanews.com/hausa/news/
http://www.hausa.rfi.fr/
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,627,00.html
http://hausa.cri.cn/

on youtube, you will get a lot of hausa music sometimes mixed with the fulani language

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnLPd6LTinU&feature=related

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv7WIkSk_E&feature=related

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48RuhL4pcNM&feature=related
Re: Nigerians, Please Share Your Cultural Traditions (past / present) With Newcomers by Alcofrybas(m): 12:53am On Jan 18, 2011
@Ileke-IdI (women and children first!)
@Andre Uweh
@Tsiya

Thank you very much for all the information and for your time.
It is very comprehensive. I do have a lot to study, indeed.

Any other post by you or by other Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa (in no particular order) nairalanders (in Nigeria or abroad) would be very welcome.

To the viewers in general: Please remember that I also dedicated this thread to those who, due to the vicissitudes of life, never had the chance to know their roots. You could also ask questions, or use the data and the links posted in here.

Finally, I would be grateful to receive information from the Itsekiri, the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Ibibio, the Egun, the Fulani (again, in no particular order), and any other group not mentioned in this list.

Kind regards.

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