igbo traditions


[Left] Obiora Udechukwu working on House of Four Trees in Igbo uli art tradition at the Configura 2 workshop Erfurt, Germany, 1995. Photographer unknown. The artist is incising faces and other images into clay balls which mark a lower wall.

[Right] Obiora Udechukwu In the Beginning, 1991. Acrylic on board, 91.4cm x 60.8cm (36’ x 24’). Collection of the artist. This abstract work marks an early stage in Udechukwu’s turn to acrylics and a departure from his focus on Nigerian life and social conditions.

— Simon Ottenberg, Sources and Themes in the Art of Obiora Udechukwu


Eze Chima, c. 1500s

Eze Chima was an Igbo citizen of Benin City in the 16th century who in one western Igbo tradition had a falling out with Oba (emperor) Esigie of Benin (1504-1550) leading to an eastward movement of a group headed by Eze Chima. Comprised of mainly Igbo migrants and some Edo people, the group moved unarmed towards western Igbo communities setting up and influencing a number of towns there. Elements of the group also passed the Niger River and established the city of Onicha (Onitsha), formally Onicha Mmili. Benin’s hostility may be linked to Queen Mother Idia, the highly influential mother of Oba Esigie, who may have seized lands leased to non-Bini, the indigenous ruling peoples of Benin City, due to general hostilities against foreigners linked to Benin’s wars with its neighbours, most notably the Idah state of the Igala at the time. The migrants from Benin were dispersed and taken in by the varying Igbo communities. Eze Chima died in old age in the town of Obio, unable to reach Onicha before his death. His descendants including those from towns he established are known as Umu Eze Chima (the children of Eze Chima).

Venting. Topic: BullSh*t Igbo Traditions

So my DAd was talking to my brother about buying expensive Christmas gifts for my cousins in Nigeria from my Mom’s side. A little back story, my Mom comes from a very rich family while my father comes from a poor village family, who are still suffering in the village till this day. Growing up we’ve always been much closer to my mom’s side of the family and no matter what tactics my dad tried we just couldn’t build a connection the way we did with my mom’s side of the family. Honestly I can tell my Dad doesn’t like it. Now in igbo tradition they try to downplay the woman’s side of the family and say that the father’s side is your true family which is absolutely wrong there is no kind of justification for that at all. They are both 50/50! I told my brother not to spend such money on my cousin’s because lets face it their Dad is way richer than most people in America, instead use that money to help out some of your cousin back in the village who are struggling to make ends meet. Such things like that would mean more to them than adding more extravagant gadgets to someone who already has enough. Now here comes my dad with some bullsh*t logic that almost made me explode he told my brother that that’s my mom’s side of the family he should focus more on his side because that’s his real family. I’m like what the heck!? Are you serious! That enraged the heck out of me I never yell at my Dad but I couldn’t help but step in that call him out on his bullsh*t! He tried to talk about that’s tradition but nah said that’s not my way of thinking and it never will and i wouldn’t dare raising my kinds with a sense of subjectivity when it comes to extended family. Both sides are equal point blank period. Now my Dad is mad, I’m mad, and we probably not going to talk to each other for a while #idcf. At least he knows where I stand. He’ll get over it. *deep breath*