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Fun Facts about the Igbo Culture

Nigeria is a treasure trove of cultures and languages and we love to learn about them at Ajapaworld. Here are some fun facts we gathered about the Igbo culture.

  1. Igboland is the home of the Igbo people and it covers most of the south-eastern Nigeria. This area is divided by the Niger River into two unequal sections – the eastern region and the midwestern region.
  2. Modern Igbo traditional attire is generally made up, for men, of the Isiagu top which resembles the African Dashiki. Isiagu (or Ishi agu) is usually patterned with lions heads embroidered over the clothing, It can also be plain, (usually black). It is worn with trousers and can be worn with either a traditional title holders hat (a fez named okpu agu or agwu), or with the traditional Igbo stripped men’s hat (which resembles the Bobble hat). For women, an embodied puffed sleeveblouse (influenced by European attire) along with two wrappers (usually modern Hollandis material) and a head scarf are worn.
  3. Igbo people are industrious, friendly and educated people and they played an important role in Nigeria political development.
  4. The Igbo people have a melodic music style into which they incorporate various percussion instruments; the Udu, which is essentially designed from a clay jug.
  5. The Igbos had, and still have a “savings and loans” system called “Isusu” which means “small small”. This invention was/is also being practiced in the Caribbean Island where it is known as “Susu”.

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