Original

Original (correct) names/spellings for Igbo City's/Towns/Villages
Abakaliki is Abakaleke; Afikpo is Ehugbo; Asaba is Ahaba; Awgu is Ogu; Awka is Oka; Bonny is Ubani; Enugu is Enugwu; Ibusa is Igbuzor; Igrita is Igwuruta; Oguta is Ugwuta; Onitsha is Onicha; Owerri is Owerre; Oyigbo is Obigbo; Port Harcourt is Diobu; Ogwashi-Uku is Ogwa Nshi Ukwu... any more will be added.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Large Mbari Building


The largest single mbari structure still standing in 1966-67, and perhaps one of the largest ever built. Note the size of the priest who is standing beside the seated deity. [Nigeria, unknown date; maybe early 20th century].

— Herbert M. Cole

Location: Urata, Alaigbo | Date: 1960s | Credit: Cole

Monday, December 10, 2012

Igbo Ohafia war dance iri agha

[Igbo] Ohafia war dance The [Igbo] Ohafia war dance iri agha. Adult male carrying a headhunters trophy (oyaya) on his head. The trophy is a rectangular shaped wooden frame decorated with feathers, leopard fur, cloths and animal fur at either end. He is wearing a striped shirt, and holding a ?metal rod in one hand. Behind him is a crowd of people and a Building with corrugated iron roof.

— Jones, G.I. 1932 - 1939
Location: Ohafia, Alaigbo | Date: 1930s | Credit: Jones

EKWE HEADDRESS FROM UGBENE

EKWE HEADDRESS FROM UGBENE, SAID BY ITS OWNERS TO HAVE BEEN CARVED BEFORE 1940 BY OGBUANYI OF LEJA (IT MAY HAVE BEEN CARVED MORE RECENTLY). IT COMPRISES SOME TWENTY-FIVE HUMAN FIGURES AND ANIMALS, SEPARATELY CARVED AND NAILED ON IN AN INTERESTING MIXTURE OF OLDER STYLES AND TYPES OF DRESS, COIFFURES, AND STATUS SYMBOLS WITH MORE MODERN ONES. PHOTO 1982.

— Herbert M. Cole
Location: Ugbene, Alaigbo | Date: 1982 | Credit: Cole

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wall paintings in Okwu village

Wall paintings in Okwu village painted by an Anang artist in the style of Ngwomo ghost houses.

— Jones

Location: Okwu, Alaigbo | Date: 1930s | Credit: Jones

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rumuji Owu play

[Igbo] Rumuji Owu play with the character of Oterivinwe sitting on a chair. The masquerader is wearing a wooden, beautiful female, white face mask with two horns attached to the top. The neck is coiled and attached to the mask is a print cloth. The masqueradere is wearing white cotton trousers and seed anklets around the ankles. In the background are spectators and vegetation.
Location: Rumuji, Alaigbo? | Date: 1930s | Credit: Jones

Interior of Igbo Mbari house

Interior of Igbo Mbari house. Sculpture in foreground representing adult male riding animal, second adult male standing in front of animal.
Location: ?Unknown?, Alaigbo | Date: ?Unknown? | Credit: Edward Chadwick

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Visit to Ogume in 1937

A Nwammuo [of the Ogume Ika-Igbo (now in Delta State, Nigeria] was a trophy used in a dance or play of the same name. It consisted of groups of little human figures arranged in tiers one above the other. The one I photographed [the photo attached] was two-tiered, with four figures in each tier, and surmounted by two birds, but Ufere was said to have carved Nwammuo with up to four tiers and sixteen figures. I gathered that the principal dancer would carry the trophy on his head and a paddle in his right hand, and that the others (who could be both men and women) would dance in a circle around him. [Nwammuo means ‘ghost-spirit child/offspring’ in Igbo]
A Visit to Ogume in 1937, by G. I. Jones.

Location: Ogume, Ika, Alaigbo | Date: 1930s | Credit: Jones
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