You cannot talk about the Igbo history without mentioning Professor Adiele Eberechukwu Afikpo who became a Professor of History in 1972. My favorite book of his is "Ropes of Sand". I also love "The Igbo and Their Neighbours". His notable books include: Image
1. The Warrant Chiefs: Indirect Rule in Southeastern Nigeria 1891–1929 (Longman, London, 1972)

2. Ropes of Sand: Studies in Igbo History and Culture (University Press Limited, Ibadan 1981)
3. The Igbo and Their Neighbours: Inter-group Relations In Southeastern Nigeria to 1953 (University Press Limited, Ibadan, 1987)

4. Groundwork of Igbo History (Vista Books Limited, Lagos, 1992)

5. Image of the Igbo (Vista Books Limited, Lagos, 1992)

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19 Jul
Have you asked yourself how the Igbo survived the £20 after the war?

Aside apprenticeship system, communities were able to pull resources to send their best brains abroad to study and give back to the system.

Those doing businesses were able to raise money, support others.
Those in different parts of the country invited their brothers and show them the way.

Apprenticeship system was of different types.

1. You serve for specific years, get settled, then you start your business.

2. You learn business then they give you money to start yours.
Today, see where the Igbo are. The shock& surprise of such economic growth despite £20 saga attracted envy from others who claim no one make it without blood money?

Ọgwụ ego ọ dị easy?

What you saw in Ọba was a replica of aka nri kwọọ aka ekpe aka ekpe akwọọ aka nri.
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So now, Obi Cubana will give 300 people 1M each. Staking 300 million to empower youths. Imagine those 300 people helping one person each, that's additional 300 making it 600. The 600 now help one person each, that will increase to 1200. Now 1200 help one person each that is 2400
2400 help one person each, that is 4800. The circle keeps growing.

Now they will tell those they helped who assisited them. All fingers point at Obi Cubana.

Now he has an event, those 4800 millionaires enter and begin to paint everywhere with money to express their gratitude,
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Issue of Bride Price in Igbo Culture: A historical Journey into our Past& Present.

"Bride price" is an English rendition of what is now ụgwọ isi nwaanyi which initially wasn't the original term for that Igbo cultural practise. Culture is dynamic

"A naghị ere nwaanyị ere"
This is an Igbo adage stating that a woman cannot be sold.

Let's get to business of discourse.

Ask your grandparents what is called "ịtụ ngọ". In some Igbo culture it's called "ngọ" or "ịgba ngọ" or "ịkwụ ngọ nwaanyị".
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In ala Igbo for those who have ears to ear, bride price is not determined by groom or bride. The elders do it without the consent of anybody so far it's a traditional marriage in ala Igbo.

If you don't want bride price to be paid,
then there is no need going to do your Trad in Igbo land. Elders agaghị ahapụ omenala mewe omenelu.

When they deliberate issues on the list and all that, the father or representative of the groom's father will be there. The groom won't even be there.
His ụmụnna and the ụmụnna of the groom will deliberate, gbaa izu before the matter will commence.

No matter how rich you are, you don't put mouth here.

Before you use your hand scatter your own because of what you read on social media, know about this and know peace.
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He appointed the Warrant Chief Officers in Uturu, then introduced a native court at Elu- Ọrọ Amaidi and then deployed some British soldiers who move round the villages to intimidate the natives.
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