Meaning of African (Igbo) Symbols in Kendrick Lamar’s – All The Stars

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.

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Red caps appear at 0:25

 

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Igbo red cap variants

 

The golden graphical symbols displayed in the background as Kendrick walks through the room are heavily reminiscent of the Igbo/Ekpe Ukara cloth.

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Appears @3:01 in the All the Stars music video starring Kendrick Lamar and Sza.

 

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Ekpe Ukara Cloth

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Ekpe men wearing 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.

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Symbols from the Nsibidi script

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.

 

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COOKOFF: How to make (Awaya Ji) Kasi’ Yam Porridge

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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.

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LIFE HACK: 6 Ways to Study at University for ‘free’

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As of January 2018, tuition fees currently stand at £9,250. This means that after 3 years of study, the average graduate could leave university with a minimum debt of £27750.

With all this potential looming debt, it’s not surprising that some pre-university students are anxious about pursuing a degree.

So, how can you study at university for free? In reality, nothing is free, but below is a list of 6 ways to drastically cut costs.

1)    Scholarships:

The most well-known method is to apply through a scholarship scheme. When applying, it’s important to know what the scholarship will cover. Some scholarships only offer a specific amount of money, others are all-inclusive.

Check out the list of  links below  to apply or find out more:

LEARN IGBO – What to eat – Basic dialogue #6

Gini ka anyi ga eri?

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Deciding what to eat in Igbo

Basic dialogue between Chidera and her mother Amara.

Chidera:
 

Nne, gini ka anyị ga-eri n’abalị taa? Mum, what will we eat tonight?
Amara (Mother):
 

 Nwa m, anyị ga-eri  akara. My child, we will eat akara.
Chidera:
 

Mana, achoghi m akara. But, I don’t want akara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ginikwanụ ka ị chọrọ iri? What (then)do you want to eat?
Chidera:
 

Achọrọ m iri utara. I want to eat utara.
Amara (Mother):
 

Ngwanu, a ga m esi utara. Ok then, I will cook utara

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FACT FILES: Arochukwu + the Aro Confederacy (Igbo History)

Okwu ID provide a crash course in Igbo history starting with a look at Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

So, What exactly is Arochukwu and what was the Aro confederacy?
Arochukwu and the Aro Confederacy

Arochukwu is a town situated in modern-day Abia State, an Igbo state located in south-eastern Nigeria. The town is positioned close to the waters of the bight of Biafra and the country Cameroon.
Arochukwu is an important historic town in Igboland, it is the home of the Aro people, an Igbo subgroup that dominated south-eastern Nigeria throughout the 18th and 19th century.

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