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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade


An Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade of a female character called Nwanyire dancing in front of a group of spectators. The masquerader is wearing a white female face mask with a superstructure of a carved head on top with a pipe in her mouth. The masquerader is draped in cloths and holding a white feather.

— G. I. Jones

Location: ?Unknown?, Alaigbo | Date: 1930s | Credit: G. I. Jones

Wall painting by Annang artist


Close up photograph of wall painting in Okwu village painted by an Anang artist in the style of Ngwomo ghost houses. The wall painting depicts a large horse on the left, a cat and a figure on the right. A geometric border is at the bottom of the painting.
— G. I. Jones

Location: Okwu, Alaigbo | Date: 1930s | Credit: G. I. Jones

Igbo / Lower Niger Architecture



Montage of some interesting traditional architecture from the Igbo speaking area of Nigeria. Most, if not all of these buildings were created before the 20th century and are influenced solely by African aesthetics, meaning that they predate the colonial influence from British culture that eventual found itself commonplace in Nigerian architecture. The reason why I specified 'Lower Niger' in the title is because much of the architecture here has influenced and has been influenced by other architectural styles especially in the Lower Niger.
From top left;

[Top left] A woman painting a pillar of an Mbari (architectural heritage of the Urata people), a vault shrine that is usually dedicated to the earth force, Ala, and left to decay unmaintained. The buildings are typically layed out on a square planned foundation and with large pillars on the corners. They are unique buildings because no one is allowed and no one dares enter the buildings inner chamber which is regarded as sacred. The buildings is constructed completely of termite mud and is adorned on all faces with statues of deities, mythical creatures and people from popular stories and proverbs. Photo: Herbert M. Cole, 1930s.

[Second from top left] A high-roofed Olokoro Ekpe house in Umuahia, the Ekpe houses around the area of influence of the Ekpe society (which was transported to Cuba in Atlantic history as Abakua), were meeting houses for (male) members of the local 'chapters' of the Ekpe network. The buildings are off-limits to people who are not initiated into Ekpe. Photo: G. I. Jones, 1930s.

[Top right] A Bende ('Abia State') Ekpe house

[Below the woman] A storey-building from Emene Owo. Underneath it are screen doors typical of the architecture of the central areas of Igbo land. Photo: Zbigniew Dmochowski, 1960s.

[Middle] A war tower built in the 18th century Ukpor (now in Anambra State, Nigeria) by a man (General?) named Dike Madueke for the protection of his family. The construction of such war towers became common place in northern Igbo compounds during the turbulent period of the Atlantic slave trade, with raids hitting Igbo land the hardest in the 18th century. Dike's tower is one of the last standing towers from that time period. Photo: Nigerian Arts and Culture Directory, 2000s. More Info.

[Middle right] This sepia photo is also of an Mbari with roof pitches on each of the four main columns. Photo: Edward Chadwick, 1930s.

[Below the Mbari in Sepia] The capitals of columns holding up a house in Onicha. Zbigniew Dmochowski, 1960s.

[Bottom left] Courtyard columns from Onicha. Zbigniew Dmochowski, 1960s.

[Bottom right] Compound entrance of Uri artist Mgbadunwa Okanumme. Liz Willis, 1986.

Location: Alaigbo | Date: Various | Credit: Various

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Niger Delta-Igbo Owu masquerade


A Niger Delta-Igbo Owu masquerade

Location: Ugwuta, | Date: 1940s | Credit: Sabine Jell-Bahlsen

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade


Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade An Okorosie or Okoroshi masquerade of a female character called Nwanyire dancing in front of a group of spectators. The masquerader is wearing a white female face mask with a superstructure of a carved head on top with a pipe in her mouth. The masquerader is draped in cloths and holding a white feather.
— G. I. Jones

Location: ?Unknown? | Date: 1930s | Credit: Jones
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