10 Interesting But True Facts About Igbo People & Culture
Nigeria is the giant of Africa and one of the most unique in the world having several different tribes all fused into one.Nigerians are beautiful people and the different vibrant tribes have their amazing cultures which make them stay colourful and stand out.
The Igbo people (Ndi Igbo) are an ethnic group native to the present day south-central an d southeastern Nigeria. There has been much speculation about the origins of the Igbo people, as it is unknown how exactly the group came to form. The Igbo people are one of the most adorable set of Nigerians we have and we would be highlighting some of the interesting facts about this beautiful people.
1. Hardworking and Industrious
The Igbo people are some of the most hardworking tribes in Nigeria and they are resillient people who do all their best to work hard and make a good earning for themself. The Igbo people are proud of their hustle and love to make ends meet anyway they can make it happen.
They also have this entrepreneurial spirit that helps motivate them and make them successful in their endeavors.
2. Very Religious
The Igbo people are a very religious ethnic group as they believe so much in God and the existence of a divine being whom they referred to as Chineke even before Christianity was introduced to them.
They also believe in other gods too and major ones includes igwekala, Ala, Ikenga, Anyanwu, Idemmili, anwu, Amadioha, njoku ji, and Ogbanabali. Ala: also known as ani, ana, and ale in numerous dialects) is the female (deity) of the earth, fertility, creativity and morality in Odinala. She is the most respected and importantly in the Igbo culture.
3. Igbo folks have claimed to have traced their origin to Israel
Igbos have oftentimes claimed that they may have originated from Israel and this was more evident recently when Nnamdi Kanu made the revelations while struggling for an IPOB state. Eri, the father of all Igbos as claimed, who hailed from Israel was the fifth son of Gad, the seventh son of Jacob (Reference: Numbers 26:16-18).
Over the past decades, some of member of the Igbo have been migrated to Israel and especially to Tel Aviv, to fully connect themselves with their religion and ancestries.
4. Igbos are believed to have strong love for money
The Igbos are some of the most hardworking tribes in the whole of Africa as their love for money and wealth is next to none. A number of good Igbo people make their money legally and heavily frown at illegal means of making money.
In the Igbo traditional community, people who have made money and have become successful are often respected for their wealth and affluence and are usually bestowed with Chieftancy titles.
5. Great Value and regard for extended family
The Igbo people do not play with their extended family as they usually have large and extended families who all gather together to celebrate during festivities. The average Igbo person travels back to his hometown usually at the end of the year with their immediate family and join their extended families for celebration.
In the Igbo culture, the extended family is regarded as Umunna.
6. The Igbo tribe are Travellers
Igbos are well known for migrating to other lands. It is with a spirit of hard work that Igbo people move form place to place in search of greener pastures. There is no place in the world you won’t find any Igbo person as resident there.
7. Igbo’s Have a Calendar system peculiar to them
The Igbo calendar is the traditional calendar system of the Igbo people from present-day Nigeria. The calendar has 13 months in a year, 7 weeks in a month, and 4 days of Igbo market days in a week plus an extra day at the end of the year, in the last month. The name of these months was reported by Onwuejeogwu.
This calendar has four market days namely; Eke, Afor, Nkwo and Orie.
8. Igbo People Are Very Intelligent
Igbo people are some of the smartest and brightest tribes in Africa and they continue to maintain their spot as some of the most intelligent people in the world as several successful igbo people show this.
There are Igbo people cut across nearly all occupations and this shows their versatility as a people.
9. They Invented a way of saving called Isusu.
The Igbos had, and still have a “savings and loans” system called “Isusu” which means “small small”. This invention was/is also being practiced in the Caribbean Island where it is known as “Susu”.
With their love for money, it was only perfect for them to make a system.
10. Igbos Export Their Culture To Wherever They Travel To
The Igbos as a whole like the spirit of culture and take it wherever they go as they have chiefs and leaders in every community they find themselves
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