Precolonial & postcolonial Based on SpOrts

Sport has been an impact in culture throughout the years. In the story, sports are important to the Ibo community because it showed that they were tough. For example Okonkwo was a wrestler and in the story it says, "As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat." (Achebe 3) Meaning that since Okonkwo was young and was able to defeat Amalinze the Cat, people had respect for him and he was "famous" around the village.

This wrestling match took place in Nigeria.

Since Okonkwo was young, and a wrestler he appeared to be thought. For example, in the text it says "Every nerve and every muscle stood out in their arms, on their backs, and their thighs, and one almost headed them stretching to breaking point." (Achebe 3) Meaning that he had a tough look and people were amazed of the way he looked.

Soccer during the pre-colonial and post colonial.

According to Webbly, during pre-colonial, Nigeria had their own version of soccer. However, it states, "... the British did not pressure the native commoners to desert their own sports unless they were deemed inappropriate or too ritualistic and pagan."

During the post colonial, it affected Nigeria's sports in many ways. For example, during the 1930's and 1940's the soccer leagues were separated by race. The "white" had complete power over the administration. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first president of Nigeria and was a U.S. soccer player. According to Webbly, "His first encounter was when he was denied the opportunity to compete in a track and field event at the 1934 Commonwealth Games because Nigerians were not allowed to participate. The second time he experienced discrimination in sports was when, because of his background he was rejected from the Yoruba Tennis Club in Lagos because of his heritage." Since the British came to "invade" Nigeria, they gave Nigerians a hard time when it came to sports, they weren't allowed to do any sports even if they were really good at it.

"Nigeria." Sport in British West/Central Africa. Web. 23 Mar. 2017

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Diana Martinez


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