Modern Igbo traditional attire is generally made up, for men, of the Isiagu top which resembles the African Dashiki. Isiagu (or Ishi agu) is usually patterned with lions heads embroidered over the clothing, It can also be plain, (usually black).
Modern Igbo female attire consists of an elegant blouse with pretty puffed sleeves and embroidery on clothing (many blouses are made of wax and guipure materials), wrapper and scarf on the head (gele). Igbo brides prefer traditional wrappers and blouses and, of course, wear coral bead accessories.
Igbos are well known for their variety of soups, made from locally grown vegetables, fruits and seeds. The most popular Igbo soups are oha, nsala, akwu, okazi and ofe owerri. The Igbo people have a traditional religious belief that there is one creator, called ‘Chineke’ or ‘Chukwu’.
Notes. In Igbo tradition there are no specific greetings for afternoon and evening – ndeewo or daalụ are the traditional Igbo greetings during the day. Mgbedeọma / ụtụtụọma / ehihieọma are a modern trend by some people who made literal translations of the English greetings good morning / good afternoon / good evening).
Igboland (Standard Igbo: Àlà Ị̀gbò, also known as Southeastern Nigeria, is the homeland of the Igbo people. It is a cultural and common linguistic region in southern Nigeria. Geographically, it is divided by the lower Niger River into two sections: an eastern (the larger of the two) and a western one.
Cowry shells of many varieties and species were the first universal currency. They have been used across Africa to facilitate trade and measure wealth. There are many more types of currencies the Igbo tribe uses including Ackies, Manilla, copper rods, and brass rods.
Igbo girls, a sect of Nigerian girls from the south-eastern parts of the country, are one of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the world. However, they have other unique quirks which impact their marriages considerably.
Their phrase “ Igbo kwenu ” most literally means, “We the Ibo people stand together in agreement and collective will.” It is also a shortened form of a longer phrase, “ Igbo kwere na ihe ha kwuru” which means roughly, “The Igbo believe in what they have agreed upon to think, say, and do.”
Key traditional staple foods in the Igbo culture area included: yams (Dioscorea spp.), cocoyam (Colocasia/Xanthosoma spp.), cassava (Manihot spp.), maize (Zea mays), some of which were status symbols. Other food groups such as legumes, nuts, seeds, wild fruits and vegetables were abundant.
The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups. Among them is a minority of practicing Jews who believe they are descended from the “lost tribes” of Israel.
The Ikwerre (natively known as Iwhuruọha) is widely regarded as one of the Igbo groups in Rivers State. They are considered as a part of the larger Igbo ethnic group.
Eri, the god -like founder of Nri, is believed to have settled the region around 948 with other related Igbo cultures following after in the 13th century. The first Eze Nri (King of Nri) Ìfikuánim followed directly after him. According to Igbo oral tradition, his reign started in 1043.
Greeting Elders For example, certain tribes require a female to kneel on the floor or curtsy to greet an elder, while males are expected to prostrate, squat, or bow completely to the ground.
Igbo, also called Ibo, people living chiefly in southeastern Nigeria who speak Igbo, a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Before European colonization, the Igbo were not united as a single people but lived in autonomous local communities.