Exciting Online Resources for Learning about Igbo Culture
If you’re eager to learn more about Igbo culture, many online resources are available to you! Whether you’re interested in the language, history, art, music, or cuisine of the Igbo people, there are plenty of exciting avenues to explore. Here are just a few resources that we recommend: Ukpuru – This is a Tumblr blog…
What is Uli/Uri Art?
Uri (uli) motifs drawn by Igbo women from Arochukwu with the juice of the uri tree on paper (usually drawn on the body). 1932. Pitt Rivers Museum. Uli or Uri, a traditional lgbo art form, is a dyeing technique used to adorn the body, murals, and motifs with intricate patterns. This unique art form has…
West Indian Terms of Igbo origin
Some common words still used in Caribbean English[es] that come directly from the Igbo language or are influenced by it. Unu/Wunna ‘You [plural]’, the same in Igbo, únù, wunna may be used, in Nigerian pidgin English una is used. Soso ‘Only’, ‘single’, in Igbo orthography it’s sọsọ [saw-saw] meaning the same. [Not to be confused with English so-so, meaning average or mediocre]…
The Origins of Isi Agụ: Lion or Leopard?
Lion or Leopard? If “agụ” is leopard, and “ọdụm” is lion, then why is it not Isi ọdụm? In Igbo culture, the phrase isi agụ is translates to “head of a leopard”, an animal revered in Igbo folklore. However, the isi agụ fabric itself features the motif of a lion’s head (ọdụm), which may seem…
Black Americans that Supported Biafra During the War
Taking a look at the Black Americans that supported Biafra during the Nigeria-Biafra war.