All about: Igbo - Nigeria A beautiful, natural ENVIRONMENT that offers lots of "fun in the Sun" for European tourists.

Map: Location of Igbo!

The Igbo's Economy/Political Background:

~ The Igbo's are kinds of people who live by many traditions and love to trade their handmade products with others. Since the Igbo's like to trade, they also made local crafts so various people can get their own hands on their artistic products!

~ Wage labor is also very important throughout the Igbo culture as well as the economy.

~ Also, don't forget about the Igbo Blacksmith's of Awka (the capitol of Anambra State. They are renowned for their iron smithing and are marvelous! You could even be able to watch them do daily activities when visiting their villages.

~ Men's wood carving and women's pottery as well as their patterned woven cloth are of very high quality and the locals, as well as the tourists love to buy these woven cloth's before heading back home and using them for various reasons. Don't forget, there are also Igbo carpenters! that make beautiful items/creations.

~ The subsidiary farm crops of the Igbo culture are: plantains, maize, melons, okra, pumpkins, peppers, gourds, and beans. - There are also these certain products that are called palm products (main cash crop). Including, palm oil as well as palm kernels.

~ Don't forget that the Igbo's loved to trade in the Abakaliki Division of Ogoja. Although, on the down side, there is a sexual division of labor in the traditional setting > men are very responsible for yam cultivation, and women are responsible for their "women crops." (cassava cocoyams, pumpkins, and peppers).

Igbo - Living condition and hint of normal weather.

Nigeria's (Igbo's Location) Weather/Climate:

~ The climate in Nigeria where the Igbo Village's are located is not so bad, the weather consisted of semi-tropical rain forest regions in the Southern Part of Nigeria.. They also have only two seasons, imagine that! The two seasons are wet and dry.

~ Rainy Season: April - October: heavily, humidity and heavy rain falls.

~ Dry Season is hotter/hottest: November - April: The nights become very chilly so make sure to bring sweatshirts, blankets etc!

Igbo "Wedding" Traditions etc..

Traditional Accommodations:

~ The traditional ceremony for weddings is called Igbankwa, "wine carrying". The reason behind this is a bride carries a cup of palm wine to her groom. Although, prior to the wedding/ceremony, the groom must visit the brides father for permission in order to marry.

~ They also will share the drink and get pronounced married, pretty interesting!

~ They also have their traditional dances for when they get dressed in funky outfits that represent their country!

Cultural Norms:

~ The Igbo people are also know as the "Igbo people" because certain Europeans have trouble making the "Igb" sound.

~ Their villages start from a few hundred to a few thousand people comprised of numerous extended families.

~ No ruler of king is present to control the population, rules or regulations! Although, there are institutions where there are councils of elders, a council of chiefs, women associations, as well as secret societies.

~ Igbo's are profoundly religious - they are Polytheistic people that worship many Gods instead of one God. - They believe in reincarnation and conduct ceremonies and rituals. Igbo's also believe that everything in life is controlled by high powers.. some even try to predict the future while they're at it! Crazy!

Activities/Excursions:

~ Safari

~ Waterfall Safari Ride

~ Observing ceremonies

~ Go Hiking to different spots

~ Visit their valued places..

~ Dance with them and perform traditional activities

~ Play traditional Igbo games

~ Basket weave class

~ Etc..

Igbo women trading with a working man.

Living Conditions:

~ Women usually clean, take care of babies/children, plant (womanlike crops), cook, sweep, weed, harvest, sell/trade, and must be allocated a piece of land to cultivate for feeding her household while men/fathers are outside doing manly chores.

~ Men usually cultivate crops, are responsible for women, clear and prepare land, plant crops, cut stakes and trim the yam vines, build the crops' barns, and tie the harvest.

Testimonials:

~ "The Igbo villages are sort of un-tidy and pretty poor looking... Be prepared for the 'resorts' to look like huts with straw roofs. Make sure to bring bug spray and other necessities on this trip. My family and I went on an Igbo historic safari tie and we loved it! The locals here don't speak much English but make sure to bring a map just in case, they don't have cell service." - A/N

~ "OMG!! The Igbo's are so generous and sweet! Although, they try to pressure you into buying things that they made.. Just keep a tight grip on your money! I haven't witnessed any local try to take money from anybody so far.. I have been here for a whole month with my husband and let me say.. Wish we could do something a little more fun that repeat the same excursions over and over! Although, I rate it a good rate.. Make sure you like camping! Oh, and a lot of criminal news.. Nail biter!" - A/N

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