The origins of the Igbo people Researchers have identified pottery from the Igbo tribe that dates back to roughly 2500 BCE as the source of the discovery. In terms of genetics, the Igbos are the people who are most closely related to Niger-Congo-speaking peoples.
Awka-Orlu plateau may have been inhabited by the earliest Igbo in the region between four and five thousand years ago, prior to the development of sedentary farming methods. As the size of this early group grew, so did the size of the Igbo kingdom.
Prior to European colonialism, the Igbo did not exist as a unified people, but rather as a collection of autonomous local groups. When ethnic identity had significantly entrenched by the mid-twentieth century, the Igbo-dominated Eastern part of Nigeria attempted to unilaterally separate from Nigeria in 1967, claiming independence as the independent republic of Biafra.
Among the Igbo People of Nigeria, Mmanwu and Mission are discussed in an inculturative dialogue. The ISBN for this book is 978-3-643-91063-9. Isichei, Elizabeth, and Isichei (1976). The Igbo People: A Chronology of Their History
As the colonial era progressed, the variety within each of Nigeria’s major ethnic groups gradually diminished, and contrasts between the Igbo and other big ethnic groups, such as the Hausa and the Yoruba, grew increasingly clear. The foundation of British colonial power in Igbo society, as shown in Chinua Achebe’s work Things Fall Apart, had a profound impact on Igbo society.
In the Additional Yorker, she demonstrates that slavery was a fundamental part of Igbo society even before the emergence of the Atlantic Slave Trade, despite the fact that the latter provided new incentives for slave-catching. In her piece for the New Yorker, Nwaubani emphasizes important contrasts between slavery as practiced in the United States and slavery as practiced among the Igbo.
A sub-Saharan African group estimated to number up to 40 million, the Igbos are traditionally associated with the land that is today known as Nigeria’s South Eastern region. This is due to the fact that when they first arrived in the region, around 1500-2000 years ago, it was completely uninhabited. The phrase ‘South East’ refers to a political region in the United Kingdom.