Dec 2017 – Okwu ID hosted the 1st Young Igbo Forum (London UK) the question elaborated in this video: Has the rise of Christianity amongst the Igbos come at the expense of Igbo (Nigerian) culture?
06/02/2018 – Kendrick Lamar releases the video to his latest single “All the stars” and it’s riddled with Igbo symbols.
Most Igbo people will instantly be able to recognise the very familiar Igbo red cap (fez). The “red cap” in Igboland is currently a symbol of authority, culture and tradition. Historically, some writers suggest it was introduced by the British during the colonial era, the red cap was given to chief wardens who were put in power during British colonial rule, this was a way to enforce rules since many Igbo clans didn’t have kings.
The golden graphical symbols displayed in the background as Kendrick walks through the room are heavily reminiscent of the Igbo/Ekpe Ukara cloth.
The Ekpe (leopard) society was a secret society present in southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon among the Igbo, Efik, Oron and neighbours. The group also wrote using a pictographic writing script called the Nsibidi.
This is often featured on many Ukara cloth patterns.
The Ekpe society would use ritual propitiation of forest spirits to ensure the well-being of the community and enforce laws.
The CookOFF series features 2 contestants, each contestant chooses a dish they’re expert in cooking, after preparing the meal the judges give the contestants a mark out of 10 and a winner is announced.
See the full episode here: VIDEO
The 1st episode features Chimkasi’s yam porridge recipe which was given a solid rating of 9/10.