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Igbo Marriage Tradition: #Throwback Black History Month Post…

Hello All! Let’s learn about the Igbo Marriage tradition on this fine Valentines Day. I took these pictures at my cousins traditional wedding in Nigeria in 2011. We do not need western traditions! I think it is interesting that non western cultures always have 2 ceremonies to validate their marriage, when our ancestors were perfectly fine with one, sophisticated ceremony. Quick fact: the white wedding dress became popular because of Queen Victoria, not because of tradition, it was a fashion statement. Every culture, especially we as Africans believed brighter colors in weddings showed one’s status in society, as you can see in the below pictures. The purity of the whiteness came from presenting a white sheet to the bride’s father to show her virginity, that never had anything to do with the dress. Even though that wasn’t Black history, that was important history, check out today’s Black History blog post below, originally written on May 17, 2016!

CULTURE TUESDAYS

 

Marriage
in Igboland is not just an affair between the future husband and wife but also
involves the parents, the extended family and villages. First the groom asks
his potential partner to marry him. Assuming that this is affirmative, the
groom will visit the bride’s residence accompanied by his father. The groom’s
father will introduce himself and his son and explain the purpose of his visit.The bride’s father welcomes the guests, invites his daughter to come and asks
her if she knows the groom. Her confirmation shows that she agrees with the
proposal. Then the bride’s price settlement (Ika-Akalika) starts with the groom
accompanied by his father and elders visiting the bride’s compound on another
evening.

They
bring wine and kola nuts with them, which are presented to the bride’s father.
After they have been served with a meal, the bride’s price is being negotiated
between the fathers. In most cases there is only a symbolic price to be paid
for the bride but in addition other prerequisites (kola nuts, goats, chicken,
wine, etc.) are listed as well. Usually it takes more than one evening before
the final bride’s price is settled, offering guests from both sides a glamorous
feast.

Another evening is spent for the
 payment of the bride’s price at the bride’s compound when the groom’s family
 hands over the money and other agreed prerequisites. The money and goods are
 counted, while relatives and friends are served drinks and food in the
 bride’s compound. After all is settled, the traditional wedding day is
 planned. The wedding day is again at the bride’s compound, where the guests
 welcome the couple and invite them in front of the families. First the bride
 goes around selling boiled eggs to the guests, showing to both families that
 she has the capability to open a shop and make money. Then, the bride’s
 father fills a wooden cup (Iko) with palm wine and passes it on to the girl
 while the groom finds a place between the guests. It is the custom for her to
 look for her husband while being distracted by the invitees. Only after she
 has found the groom, she offered the cup to him and he sipped the wine, the
 couple is married traditionally. During this ceremony, there is also the
 nuptial dance where the couple dances, while guests wish the newlyweds
 prosperity by throwing money around them or putting bills on their forehead.

Nowadays, church wedding follows
traditional marriage. During this ceremony, the bride’s train, made up of the
bride followed by her single female friends, enters the church dancing on the
music, while the guests bless the bride’s train by throwing money over the
bride and her entourage. The groom receives the bride at the altar for the
final church blessing by the priest. Sometimes, the traditional marriage is
combined with the reception that is then preceded by the church ceremony.

Be sure to click the link above to watch a video of a traditional Igbo wedding!

-Description taken from http://www.igboguide.org/HT-chapter11.htm

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Igbo Enslaved Africans in Jamaica: Culture Tuesdays

CULTURE TUESDAYS

How the “Red Igbos” Bight of Biafra in Nigeria, West Africa Came to Jamaica

By howafrica.com

“Originating primarily from the Bight of Biafra in West Africa, Igbo people were taken in relatively high numbers to Jamaica as slaves, arriving after 1750. Besides Virginia, Jamaica was the second most common disembarkation point for slave ships arriving from Biafra.

They were spread on plantations around Montego Bay and Savanna-la-Mar. Igbo slaves resorted to resistance rather than revolt. Many of them committed suicide because they believed after death, they would return to their homeland.

Igbo slaves were also distinguished physically by their “red” skin tones. Today, in Jamaica, “red eboe” is used to describe people with light skin tones and African features. Igbo women were paired with Coromantee (Akan) men to subdue the men because of the belief that the women were bound to their first-born sons’ birthplace.

Jonkonnu, a parade held in Jamaica, is attributed to the Njoku Ji “yam-spirit cult”, Okonko and Ekpe of the Igbo. The Igbo also influenced language with actions such as “sucking-teeth” coming from the Igbo “ima osu” and “cutting-eye” from Igbo “iro anya”.
Words were added to Jamaican Patois when slaves were restricted from speaking their own languages. These Igbo words still exist in Jamaican vernacular, including words such as “unu” meaning “you (plural)”,”di” to be (in state of)”, which became “de”.”

Original article can be found, here:
http://tinyurl.com/h8x6r7m

Enjoy Loves! ❤️

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Website Feature: Express Igbo 501C3

BLOG/ARTICLE/WEBSITE FEATURE

This website feature is so appropriate for today. As I was with some beautiful igbo people celebrating a beautiful Igbo Masters grad, and being lovingly “scolded” by my elders for not knowing the language, lol. Express Igbo based here in DC works to keep the Igbo language alive by teaching the younger generation how to speak the language! Check out their website and their blog!

http://www.expressigbo.org/#

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Express Igbo | A 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to Igbo Language

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Diasporans Making A Difference: Chigozie Obioma

DIASPORANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

You all remember the book “Things Fall Apart” by Igbo man, Chinua Achebe? Well, meet the young Igbo man who they are calling the heir to Chinua Achebe! Author Chigozie Obioma, author of “Fishermen” is critically acclaimed all over the world! As the author of many other works, he wishes to build a portrait of Nigeria using words in novel, short story, and poetry form!

To find out more about his work and how you can support him by purchasing one of his books, click here:
http://www.chigozieobioma.com/author.html