Igbo people Essays

  • Analysis Of Igbo Culture In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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    “Things Fall Apart”, a novel written by Chinua Achebe about Africa through the character Okonkwo, a man who Achebe uses to illustrate the complexity Igbo culture, contrary to what the Europeans portrayed Africa as. One main focus of the book is to counter the single story, which is the idea that an area is represented by one story, similar to a stereotype. However, differing from a stereotype a single story often completely misrepresents something, and in this case Africa. Europeans had been the

  • Things Fall Apart Ideology

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    fears by coming on a platform of peace, but their final goal is to essentially change the beliefs of the community. Due to the arrival of white missionaries in Nigeria, there was an impact on traditional Igbo society in terms of culture, religion and politics. Before the arrival of missionaries in Igbo society, the social and family rituals, the marriage customs, crop sharing, religious beliefs and practices were practicing very strongly and they even buried twins in the evil forest consider

  • Symbolism In Purple Hibiscus

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    In Purple Hibiscus, Kambili suffers from her father’s abuse and his lack of appreciation for his origins like his father and Igbo culture/religion. Papa abhors anything related to the Igbo culture because he believes the Igbo are heathens. He tries to be a “pure” Catholic, but this causes him to stray from where he wants to go because he obsesses over the idea of being an extremely devout Catholic, and his children suffer the worst from his fixations. Aunty Ifeoma, however, is also Catholic, but

  • The Perfect Life In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    start to make change to the Igbo tribe, Okonkwo can not handle the changes. Okonkwo is very traditional, he rarely breaks the rules and traditions he has followed his whole life; Therefore when british society become the “social norm” Okonkwo acts out as a form of rebellion to try and gain back the tribe’s old ways. The complexity of the Igbo tribe could actually be seen as the complexity of Okonkwo’s life. Okonkwo’s structure of life is fragile, just as the culture of the Igbo tribe is. This makes Okonkwo

  • The Tragic Hero In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    man. Chinua Achebe, the writer reveals fear of social compromise, worst crime, masculinity, harshness, Colonisation and its impact. Okonkwo being the proud man in the Igbo society dedicate in preserving his heritage, culture ancestors and clans. He being traditional and inflexible man of fear from falling opposes to change his Igbo village to modernise into new world. From his very young age he builds up instincts about white and black differentiate. For Okonwkwo wrong stands for blacks and right

  • Colonialism In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    leads to his downfall. Because the missionaries do not respect the Igbo religion, tension in villagers like Okonkwo increases. Once the white missionaries arrive in the village of Igbo they immediately start criticizing the natives religion. One missionary even told the people that “they worshipped false gods, gods of wood and stone.” completely invalidating their beliefs and intelligence (145). When a whole civilization of people bases their entire life around a religion and then another group comes

  • Colonial Administration In Nigeria

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    The British occupation and subsequent colonial rule in Nigeria brought together peoples from heterogeneous backgrounds together to become the entity called Nigeria as noted by Kolawole (2005). According to Coleman (1971) the British colonial rule in Nigeria constituted two gigantic structures 1. “The British superstructure”: This comprised of British persons almost, who made policies and supervised the persons that occupied the Native Administrations. At this level were “(...) the governor, lieutenant

  • Okonkwo Character Analysis Essay

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    The insult inscription, agbala, in Igbo, " was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had no title " (Things Falls Apart,Ch 2). As a result of that early resentment of his father, Unoka 's failure and ( a perceived but perhaps not real ) weakness, and the resultant social pressure,Okonkwo deliberately sets himself an "internalized set of goals " which he should like to achieve to earn fame and name amongst his people . "And so Okonkwo was " ruled by one passion

  • Negative Effects Of Colonism And Christianism

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    and accept that of the Europeans (this was a sort of package deal). On Ndigbo axis, Nwosu affirms that “the missionaries adopted a negative attitude that was tantamount to condemnation of disproval of traditional Igbo society.” The adverse effect of this teaching is that it made people develop inferiority complexes concerning their cultural identity. This is because they now believe that in order to be a Christian, one must jettison his/her culture since they are thought to be “barbaric” and “heathen”

  • Pride In Things Fall Apart

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    to Okonkwo's suicide. Okonkwo was too proud to surrender to the white people. He was too proud to let his tribe give up their warlike history. He was to proud and self-assured to accept his son's choices. Okonkwo is a sad character whose pride has constantly led him down the crooked path. Achebe shows that being proud isn't a constructive thing for the future. That development can only occur when pride is put aside, and people think logically instead of

  • A Comparison Of Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    different from Heart of Darkness. In Conrad’s story, we follow a white man and his journey through Africa. This book is also divided into three parts. One thing that is very interesting in this story is the narrator. The story is told through one of four people who sit and listen to Marlow, who is narrating the whole story. Sometimes this can be really confusing. Deeper into the story we follow Marlow’s journey to find Kurtz. Marlow is chosen to be the captain of a steamboat since the earlier captain had

  • Colonialism In African Literature

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    An often-ignored tool of colonialism was the depiction of Africa by Western literature. Previously, Eurocentric literature portrayed Africa as a barren place, one laden with bestiality and other inhumane traits. It sought to dehumanise the African people. Thus, the dawn of African Literature was in response to the denigrations, history and myths constructed about Africa in conjunction with the colonial enterprise by European authors. This essay is an evaluation of whether African literature has been

  • Igbo Culture In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    One of the more unusual cultural aspects that is discussed in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart is the existence of an ogbanje. According to a study of Igbo culture conducted by researcher Bertram I. N. Osuagwu, an ogbanje is “an evil spirt causing people to die suddenly” (Osuagwu 36). Some believe that the ogbanje are deities that enter the world and become human beings, but because of a promise that they made to the spirit world, they die early in their lives (Osuagwu 36). In Things Fall

  • Traditional Marriage Essay

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    HAUSA TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE SYSTEM IN NIGERIA INTRODUCTION: The Hausas people take over the northern portion of Nigeria and the most full of people inhabitants in the Nigeria. They most people in Nigeria are Muslims and they are speaking in Hausa. Traditional marriage in most Hausa land is very very less expensive compare to Yoruba and Igbos traditional cultures. The procedures in Hausa traditional marriage are also not stressful compared to the other areas in Nigeria. The Hausa traditional marriage

  • Forest Fruits In Nigeria Essay

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    of social and cultural uses in Nigeria where the seeds are commonly chewed and used for social and cultural ceremonies. It is used traditionally in naming ceremony by the Yoruba people as a form of prayer that the little child will not die young. It is believed to cause long life generally. The fruit is chewed by the people because they believe it clears the throat and it also prevents mouth odour, another reason of chewing the fruit is that it helps in the treatment of bronchitis, post-partum, hemorrhage

  • Main Characters In Purple Hibiscus

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    Purple Hibiscus Purple Hibiscus is a novel written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In 2003, Purple Hibiscus was published to soon be short listed the Orange Prize and later be awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Fifteen-year-old Kambili Achike lives in Enugu, a city of Nigeria with her older brother Chukwuku (Jaja), mother Beatrice (Mama) and father Eugene (Papa). The novel begins on Palm Sunday: "Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja

  • Development Of Literature In African Literature

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    The Emergence of written literature across Africa came with the colonial intervention. The literary genres vigorously copied from the existing genres of Europe, Portuguese, French and English became the official languages across the continent. African writings in English had dominated and defined much of the space of what is today regarded as African literature. Among the prominent African writers the contribution of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Wole Soyinka, Christopher Okigbo, Senghor are noteworthy

  • Colonialism And Colonialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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    about Africa, many of his works allow the readers to see colonialism from the perspective of the African people and to denounce the hypocrisy and racism in Heart of Darkness regarding the book’s statues as a literary

  • Anioma And The Balance Of Power In Nigeria Case Study

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    the two brothers, Richard and John Lander. At that time, Aniomaland was simply called “Western Bank of River Niger”. The European explorers and missionaries were very impressed by the geographical location of Aniomaland and the hospitality of the people such that soon the explorers built a number of catering houses and outposts. The missionaries embarked on the construction of educational institutions, churches and medical centres in Asaba, Ibusa, Aboh, Agbor and Ogwashi-Uku. The Berlin Conference

  • Colonialism And Conflicts In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    “If a Child Washes his Hands, he Could Sit with Kings” Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart was written in 1958. In his novel, we learn how the main character Onkonkwo tackles the issues of colonialism and the challenges that arose through his lifetime. A proverb that best describes the goal Onkonkwo strived for his entire life is, “If a Child washes his Hands, he could sit with Kings.” (pg7). I understand this quote to reflect how the Umuofian community is. How they believe that you can remove the