In this post, you will find brief tidbits of information about Ndi Igbo (Igbo people). Stay tuned because in the following weeks there will be more posts to further elaborate on some of the points you will find here. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any suggestions, if you need clarification, or any other thing you would like us to know.
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- Igbos are among the largest ethnic group in Nigeria.
- Yam is a very important staple crop.
- Various Igbo subgroups were organized by clan, lineage, village affiliation, & dialect.
- In traditional society, communities are and were typically governed and administered by a council of elders.
- Umunna — a form of patrilineage; can be seen as the most important pillar of Igbo society.
- The traditional Igbo calendar week has 4 market days, 7 weeks in a month, and 13 months in a year.
- Nsibidi – indigenous ideographic set of symbols that are no longer widely used; usage died out after becoming popular among secret societies, which used it as a form of communication.
- Igbo is a tonal language.
- Igbo religion and traditions are known as Odinani (also known as Odinala, Omenala, Omenani). In Odinani, there is a belief that the cosmos are divided into four complex parts: Okike (creation), Alusi (supernatural forces/ deities), Mmuo (spirit), and Uwa (the world).
- As a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, there are high populations of the Igbo diaspora in Jamaica, Cuba, Saint-Domingue, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and the U.S.