These musical tools are used primarily by masquerade, dance, and musical groups in special human activities like; rituals, spiritual and cultural events as well as births of newborn and funerals. Today, they are also used to accompany church choirs.
There have been cases among the Igbos of titled men of great standing. In most cases, however, such a conversion deserves to be described as a miracle of grace because it meant dismissing extra wives, thus breaking up normal home life and surrendering much of one’s social standing, and denying oneself of many of the...
The Ofala Festival also called Ofala Nnewi, is an annual ceremony practised by the indigenes of Nnewi and Onitsha in Anambra State, South-Western Nigeria. The term ofala (English: the authority of the land) is derived from two Igbo words – ofo (English: authority) and ala (English: land). The festival which is described as the most...
The traditional attire for the men is an overflowing jumper or a long-sleeved shirt worn over the gooji wrapper, which is tied around the waist, curving down to the ankles.
There are three types of marriages in Nnewi: the traditional marriage held in the house of the woman; the official wedding, held in a registry office and which allows only one wife; and the religious marriage. The official marriage ceremony is called “Igbankwu”, which is the Igbo word for the traditional marriage ceremony.
The New Yam Festival of the Igbo people (Orureshi in the idoma area, Iwa ji, Iri ji or Ike ji, depending on dialect) is an annual cultural festival by the Igbo people held at the end of the rainy season in early August.
Nnewi, as a historical city have many cultural events and places adorned with festivities and cultural monuments; these includes, Edo Na Ezemewi shrine, Udoogwugwu shrine (Ichi), Kamanu shrine (Ichi), and many other shrines dotted across all sections of Nnewi city.
Ofala is a celebration of the culture of Igbo people mostly of Anambra Extractions. The cultural festival, Apart from becoming a tool for unity and progress, is fast becoming a tourist attraction in various Igbo communities. Kasie Abone, who attended five such festivals during the last Christmas and new year holidays, reports