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Proverb For the Day (Ilu n'ke ubochi taa)

Egbe bere, Ugo bere, nke si ibeya ebena, nku kwa ya (nku ya gbajie)

Literal Translation:   both the Hawk and the Eagle should perch, anyone that refuses the other should break its wind.

Proverbial Meaning: we should be tolerant of one another; for two people from different backgrounds to live together, they must have tolerance; without tolerance, people with different perspectives in live will live at war with each other or one another.

Horse Funeral Performed In Afikpo

This photograph captures a scene from the ‘horse funeral’ performed by an Afikpo man named Oteleri. The eldest son of his late father, Oteleri had become gravely ill after his father’s death.

By the aid of a ‘dibia’ (diviner) it was discovered that his illness was a sign of the displeasure of his late father’s spirit over his failure to complete the necessary funeral rites. This ‘horse funeral’, which was often performed years after a loved-one’s death, was soon after completed to placate his father’s restless spirit. 

Proverb For the Day (Ilu n'ke ubochi taa)

Nwata kwụọ aka ya, osoro ndi ọgaranye rie nri

Literal Translation: when a child watches his hands, he eats or dines with the wealthy or great people 

Proverbial Meaning: when one works hard, one sees success; if when pays the price of success (becomes successful), one finds comany amongst successful people

Inwelụ nkọwa nke gi...dee ya ebe a

The Concepts Of "Ofo" And "Ogụ" In Igbo Tradition

Igbo cosmology, the concepts of 'Ofo' (also known in other dialects as 'Ovo' and 'Owho') and 'Ogu' represent cosmic forces that govern the administration of law and justice in human society. Ofo na Ogu (Ofo and Ogu) are neither deities nor spirits, but are universal constants, much like gravity, which attend to the needs of the righteous.

The Ekwe Drum: An Extraordinary Drum In Igbo Land

Overview

The EKWE (Slit-drum) is a tree trunk, hollowed throughout its length from two rectangular cavities at its ends and a horizontal slit that connects the cavities. The size of the slit-drum depends on its use and significance. Its significance includes use as musical instrument at coronation, cultural events and rituals. The different sounds of the drum summon the citizens at the monarch's palaces, or town squares. The strong rhythm of the slit-drum, gave special signals for inundation, meetings, announcements of fire, theft and other emergencies.

The Age-Grade System, Their Responsibilities In The Igbo Society

The effectiveness of the age-grade system amongst the Igbo, (known in some dialects as ‘uke’ or ‘ogbo’) as an efficient means of enforcing community-wide law and order, promoting public safety and sanitation, and deterring idleness whilst encouraging a sense of communal moral responsibility, duty, and achievement, is indeed a marvel to behold.

Proverb For the Day (Ilu n'ke ubochi taa)

Ogologo okwu adighi na ụka mgbede

Literal Translation: There is no long sermon for evening service

Proverbial Meaning: Long talk is not necessary; one should talk less and act more; There is no much time to talk long, action is more necessary 

Note: The evening service in the church is usually shorter due to time constraints owing to nightfall and so, long sermon is not usually given.

Proverb For the Day (Ilu n'ke ubochi taa)

Onye kwere, Chi ya ekwere

Literal Translation: When one believes, one's gos believes

Proverbial Meaning: A person has the ability to make his destiny come to fulfilment; one's god works for the good of one

Note: the 'god" talked about in the proverb is the "personal god" of the traditional Igbo person, not the God the creator of the universe or the supreme God (Chineke),

In case You Missed The Article, Here's The Iko (Sex) Tradition In Igbo Land

The Iko tradition, otherwise known as the institutionalization of sexual intercourse, remains a cultural relic amongst the Ngwa subgroup of the Igbo people. Although nearly irrelevant in modern times, in pre-colonial Ngwa society the four varieties of this practice were prevalent and represented the accommodating nature of Igbo culture, as they allowed married and unmarried men and women to forge temporary sexual contracts for social and economic aims. 

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