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Monday, February 1, 2016

Why Brazilians Are In Love With Yoruba Culture

~The Guardian, Nigeria.

SINCE his coronation, on December 7, 2015, as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11 has become a famed subject people, within and outside the country, desire to associate with, thereby turning the royal stead and the sprawling city of Ile -Ife, Osun State into a Mecca of some sorts with the latest visitors being the Brazilian team led by the country's Consul – General to Nigeria, Maria A. Figueiredo.

This visit was like no other as it had the trappings of a historical and cultural renaissance of sort, spiced with the reconnection of the historical and religious affinity between the Yoruba race and Brazilians and rich cultural and musical performance by Otunba Wanle Akinboboye's Atunda Entertainment.

Figueiredo disclosed how delighted she was to be at the palace of the Ooni and describing her coming as home coming. "I am happy to be here. In Ile-Ife, the cradle of civilisation and the source of Black nations which Brazil is harbouring the largest concentration of blacks in the world apart from Nigeria. My coming here is not accidental. It is a home coming. Which I sincerely believe has been destined by the Lord Almighty.''

Then she went down memory lane: 'It will interest you all to note that Brazil was colonised by Portugal which forced on us its religion which is Catholicism. Apart from this, the other major religion which we practiced in Brazil is African-traditional Belief which emanated and was traced to Ile-Ife. Majority of us are Catholics, but all of us still have our traditional identity. For me, I am an Osun worshipper. And I am in Ile - Ife, the source of the world in State of Osun."

Although she used the occasion to render profuse apology to the Ooni and his people for the evil of the slave trade, she, however directed attention to the positive side of it. "I have to apologise for the fact that it was the slave trade perpetrated by our people that led to the dislocation and turned some of the Yoruba into citizens of another land. However sad this story is, but it has turned to another positive advantage to the history of the world in terms of race interaction, networking and spread of cultural heritage and values.

"Were it not for the evil of the slave trade, my presence here today may not have acquired the weight, import and relevance. The Yoruba race might have no cause to celebrate with pride the domination of a large portion of the cultural map of the world."
The envoy further disclosed that the cultural affinity between Brazil and Nigeria is rooted in Ile-Ife, the source of the Yoruba race, a race which she declared "is wonderfully blessed with the most unique and morally culture, tradition, history and mores in the world. "The Yoruba culture, the Yoruba people and the African descents which constitute about 78 per cent of the population of Brazil have made Brazil the Siamese twins of Nigeria and a country where the children of Oduduwa hold sway," she said.

She congratulated Ooni Ojaja 11 not only for ascending the throne of his forefathers with acclaimed glory , pomp and celebration but for his vision at revitalising the tradition , culture and values of the Yoruba race for economic and sustainable development of the Yoruba.

Ambassador Figueiredo assured the Ooni and the Yoruba that "I have to assure his Imperial Majesty of the unflinching support and collaboration of the Brazilian Embassy in Nigeria in any mutually beneficial project and venture. We hold this nation and particularly the Yoruba race the duty of facilitating and contributing to whatever will promote and enhance our cultures and tradition for the benefit of our citizens."
Oba Ojaja 11 in his response applauded the sense of duty and brilliant display and appreciation of the history of Yoruba and it's trans-Atlantic tribulation by the Consul -General of Brazil in Nigeria.

"You are warmly welcome to the source. I must however commend you for your rare brilliance and display of thoughtful reflection of the slave trade and the siblings and scions of Oduduwa. Your identification and views are not only apt, but instructive of the fact that the Yoruba culture is not only unique but of no peer in the world."

The Ooni then called the attention of his people to the high regard people have for the Yoruba, it influence and rating: "You can now realise that it is only in his home stead where a prophet is without any iota of honour. You all listened to the postulation and analysis of the Ambassador about our culture, We have all listened to the fact that despite being Catholics, majority of Brazilians still cherish, embrace and celebrate their tradition, culture, belief and norms which is not the case here."

He, therefore, assured his people that the time to revive, renew, rejuvenate, reactivate and re launch the Yoruba tradition, culture, custom as the paragon of peace, harmony, orderliness, cooperation and epitome of morality in the world has come and that he was leading the vanguard for this renaissance.

I am happy having as a partner in this mission, the Brazilian Government as represented here today by the Consul-General, Ambassador Maria Figueiredo who has spoken brilliantly on collaborative endeavour and cooperation with the palace," said the Ooni even as he revealed that "my vision is to employ tourism and culture in empowering the youth of Yoruba land, generate employment and facilitate wealth. We have started on this note as 20,000 widows have been employed in cleaning up the city. I am also particular about exploring sport to engage and empower my people. The World Cup is around the corner. Brazil is it and I assure you our youths will not only be there, but will gainfully participate in its positives."

The day saw a sampling of the rich cultural elements of the people with the Olorin agba, the palace cultural group, setting the tone for the avalanche of performances that were to follow with their high tempo dancing and singing session.

Then came the turn of Atunda Entertainment to set the palace aglow with their rich, exhilarating and electrifying display with the duo of Olo Omidan Bata, who is Nigeria's acclaimed first female bata potter (drummer) and Anu, the lady Ekwe, also the first Nigeria female noted Ekwe percussionist, rendering good account of the rave rating with what many described as imitable performances.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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