Vintage views of the lower Niger Delta.

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Igbo man with Ichi marks shot by G. T. Basden, early 20th century.

Young Igbo man with uli body paint on his face and body, shot by J Stocker, early 20th century.

Anonymous the photo you just posted of a 'young igbo man', i think is actually a woman, just wanted to share :)

No, it’s a boy. Igbo hairstyles for young men were quite elaborate before Westernisation and the boy is/was just plain pretty.

Young Igbo man shot by J Stocker, early 20th century.

Anonymous Hi, I really like your blog. Especially the statues of the various gods/goddesses. Is there anyway you could post a list of the most common Igbo deities? Thanks <3

Well the most powerful oracles over different cultural regions in Igboland are as follows, but the supreme deity is Chineke who is split into Chi the creator (male) and eke the divider (female).

Ala [ah-lah] - earth goddess, deity of justice, ‘head of the gods

Amadioha / Kamalu [AH-MAH-DI-aw-ha] - deity of thunder, justice, and light skinned men

Ikenga [EE-KEH-N-gah] - cult of the right hand and success

Agwu nshi [AG-GWOO n-shi] - divination deity, mediator between dibia (priests) and other deities (you can have an ‘Agwu nshi Ikenga’ for example)

Ekwensu [AY-KWEH-N-SU] - evil spirit, god of war, dark manifestation of everything including the deities (so you can have an ‘Ekwensu Ala’), appropriated by christians as Lucifer

Njoku Ji / Ifeji oku [n-JAW-KOO-JEE] - yam god, god of fire

Anya anwu [AHN-YAH AH-WOO] - sun deity

Agbara [AHG-bah-rah] - holy spirit

Igwe [EE-GWAY] - sky and rain deity

Owu mmiri [oh-WOO M-MEE-REE] - water spirit, mermaid / siren, fertility deity

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Igbo Agbogho Mmuo (maiden spiriti) maskers, early 1900s taken by Northcote Thomas.

[Greater Niger Series]

Kwoho dancers

Northcote Thomas, early 1900s, Edo region Nigeria

[Greater Niger Series]

Games boys

Northcote Thomas, Ijeba, early 1900s

[Greater Niger Series]

Fulani dancers : Bokkos. Feb. 46

William Fagg, 1946, Northern Nigeria

[Greater Niger Series]

Kaleri man Banghesh Feb 46

William Fagg, Northern Nigeria

Burning palm flower [man burying akalogoli charm to ward off evil spirits]

— Northcote Thomas, early 1900s

Efik Ekombi Dance

Isiji masquerader (initiate) participating in a masquerade performed by Isiji (junior age-grade members) and dancing in the centre of the compound. The initiate is wearing a tall conical, toned headdress made from fresh Thaumatococcus leaves and raffia sacking on a stick frame with delineated markings for the eyes, a palm frond costume and white?wrist-ornaments. Adult males and a child are standing and sitting in the background next to a thatched building and a wooden fence, wearing cloths and shirts. Further away, along a path to the right are other initiates.

G. I. Jones, 1930s


How Africa Would Look Like if its Borders Were Defined By Ethnicity and Language. By George Peter Murdock,1959

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Slightly inaccurate map and it doesn’t really give you the details and the context. Many of the languages covering larger areas have a smaller population than some of the languages covering smaller areas so it may look like Africa is ‘babel’, when in reality much of the languages in Northern Nigeria for example are slowly being replaced by Hausa and some of the really tiny ones are spoken by less than 50,000 people. on the other hand Igbo and Yoruba for example (which borders you can hardly see in Nigeria) are spoken by upwards of 30 million people. Also, some of these languages are mutually intelligible, and some of these borders are straight up dialects of the same language broken up for mostly political reasons or because the cartographer read some book that split them up, usually by classifying the language as a language family, sort of like classifying Australian English and Irish English as separate languages under the English language family (hence the mess with Somali).

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