Sports in Precolonial to Postcolonial in Ibo culture. By:Manuel Arechiga

Sports in Ibo culture were very important. Sometimes they were used to solve disputes. If you were a winner in a sport you were viewed or treated differently.

Types of Sports in Precolonial Nigeria: -Wrestling, Hunting, Running.

Postcolonial: Wrestling, football (soccer), boxing, track and field, and tennis.

-Nigeria respect was earned through wrestling. If you were a leader in the tribe you may have earned it through sports.

- Wrestled during harvest season.

- Each village had it's own wrestling grounds.

- You lost if you were lifted from the ground.

Left: Football (Soccer), Right: Boxing - Both came from Postcolonial time.

Football became the most popular sport in Nigeria. Nigeria has won many gold medals for the sport since then in today's Olympics.


- Wrestling was the most popular sport in Precolonial Ibo.

- The British bought many sports.

- Football (Soccer) took over as the most popular sport today.

- Many sports were modified, but not a lot to effect is massively.

Cited Resources:

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. London: Heinemann, 1965. Print

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"The Igbo Traditional Wrestling »" N.p., 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.


Rnpn. "Leisure Programmes." It's Time For Nigeria. N.p., 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

“Nigerian football hits the Fifa wall.” Daily Maverick, FIFA, 2010-10-07 Accessed 23 Mar. 2017.

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