Umu Igbo, e kele m unu o. A chorom ka mu jiri usoro a we si, ka anyi ncha gbakor aka ka Igbo n’ile di mma. Ka anyi gbakor aka dozie Ala Igbo, ma nyere onwe anyi aka, n’usoro di iche iche.
Ka anyi gbakor aka n’ife n’emebi. Ka anyi gosi uwa na Igbo a ma etisa ka esi che maka ife ojo n’ile na eme.
O nwere ihe ufodu ndi bu ndi ilo ndi Igbo na achoro ka anyi wota. Ha achoro ka Igbo jiko aka. Ha siri na Ikwere (na Rivers State) na Nkwere ( Imo State) abuhi ofu ndi. Ha siri na ndi Ndokwa (di na Delta State) na ndi Ndoki (di na Abia State) abuhi ndi Igbo.
I fugo ka ha si n’ekewa anyi, kemgbe kemgbe. Ke ka ha ya esi gwa anyi na umu nne anyi abuhi umu nne anyi. Tufiakwa! O buru ogu, na o ma ele!
Igbo, e kwuo la m, ka oke m ha, n’uchichi a. Ka anyi gba mgbor ka chi anyi fo. Dalu nu, Umu Igbo.
Any Nigerian who watched the recently held paralympics will notice that most of the medal winners were Igbo. In fact 9 out of all 12 medals Nigeria hauled in were from Igbo athlethes. This sends a clear message to Nigeria, that the marginalization of the Igbos must be tackled earnestly wherever it rears its head.
If Igbo marginalization is tackled and merit allowed to take centrestage, Nigeria will gain more recognition internationaly, more respect.Today, the world has recorded 12 medals for Nigeria. If those Igbos were marginalised out of the team, would that be the case? Certainly not.
The team that won the last African Cup of Nations for Nigeria was seen as an ‘Igbo team’ because most of its key players were Igbo. All Nigerians should endeavour to grant everyone a level playing ground irrespective ethnicity, so that more Igbo can emerge and bring glory to Nigeria.
I am of the Igbo stock from Ukala-Okpunor in Oshimili North LGA of Delta State. I am 61 years of age and have from late 1965, during my undergraduate days at Downing College, Cambridge, England, been fascinated by my people, the Igbo, and specifically by what makes them such a pulsating enigma of a people.
It was, indeed, a chance remark by the late and distinguished scholar in Social Anthropology at Cambridge, Professor Meyer Fortes, which set me on my lifelong journey of private enquiry into the ethno-spiritual makeup of the Igbo. My then larger-than-life and boon companion was my fellow undergraduate at the Cambridge University faculty for Archaeology and Anthropology, Mallam Ibrahim Tahir of BBC Bush House fame.
As was our wont, we were on this particular autumn afternoon having tea at a teashop that was just across Ibrahim’s King’s College when our Professor in Social Anthropology, Meyer Fortes, walked in and sat with us for a chat. One thing led to another and we soon found ourselves discussing ethno-types in Africa.
Professor Fortes had been one of the bright lights in Lord Bailey’s team of Africanists that did the regular tome of Africa Survey for the British Foreign and Colonial Office. And Professor Fortes told us that, according to Lord Bailey, the Igbo, out of the legion of African ethnic groups they studied, were the least encumbered with any cultural baggage. Continue reading “The Igbo Spirit -by Peter Alexander Egom”
Team Nigeria continued their impressive run on Friday at the 2016 Rio Paralympics as
Igbo paralympian Rolland Ezuruike on Friday set a new World record of 190kg to win gold in the men’s -54kg.
Just his first lift of 185kg shartered the previous Paralympic World record before he extended it with his second lift of 190kg.
Igbo, let us celebrate one of our sons who has done it again!
The Igbo people have several language similarities with the Oworo people of Kogi State. They share several words in their vocabulary. For instance they share the same word for box (akpati) and corn (oka).
INterestingly, the Oworo people say that their progenitor came from a place called Aba. Curiously, their pronunciation of the place is the same withthe Igbo pronunciation for ABa, the city in Abia STate.
The Oworo people also have similar names with the Igbos. For instance the name Mokelu, which is an Igbo name (though, there are differences in tone).
It is very clear that the Oworo people of Kogi State, have deep historical links with the Igbo. They may even have a strong Igbo origin like the people of Opobo and Bonny in Rivers State.
Does anyone know more about these mysterious people, the Oworo? Please enlighten us in the comments.