What are the traditional Igbo hats?
Name: Okpu agu “leopard hat” (a sign of bravery/warriors)
Style: Woven with white, black and red stripes (an abstract depiction of leopard spots)
Origin: Abia/Cross river region, from the Ekpe (leopard society)
Variation: Okpu mboko (black and white, worn by highest grade of the Ekpe society)
Name: Okpu ozo “Ozo cap” (Red cap)
Style: Red, study material, suede texture
Origin: Anambra region – sacred/earned, traditionally worn by titled men e.g. ‘Nzes’, ‘Ichies’, ‘Ozos’, ‘Ogbuefis (chiefs and kings)
Variation: Ugo (Eagle) feather on higher ranks
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OMUGWO: Traditional Igbo After-birth Care
There is always delight and anticipation in the air when and Igbo family are expecting a new child.
The family unit is at center to Igbo culture. And whilst pregnancy can be an exciting, scary and nerve-wracking experience all rolled into one. It is a process that Igbos hold in very high regard.
Despite this, pregnancy can be a challenging time where your body and lifestyle will go through many unexpected changes.
These changes can leave new mothers feeling overwhelmed without a robust support network made up of family and friends.
Igbo culture’s answer to these post-natal challenges is a practice called “Omugwo”.
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An Example of Igbo Dances
The process of evaporative cooling has been used across Africa for centuries. Below, we’ve done our best to produce an infographic explaining just how this process works.
What is an Udu? Udu is an Igbo word which means vessel. An Udu is a clay pot which is often often used as a water carrier. (It can also be used as a drum).
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