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My Heritage

Philips Akwari | Lagos Nigeria, Nigeria

Okika

DOCUMENTING MY HERITAGE

Most African cultures have gone through different level of changes before extinction. However the cultures of the Abiriba people of Abia State Nigeria have been severally modified since they were established in more than four hundred years ago. Changes sometimes were dramatic depending on the trends of the time but the question simply is, at what time did the people begin to notice it.

In 2013 I started documenting the culture of my people first in order to understand the stories surrounding my root. Secondly to preserve those precious heritage left by our fore bearers and now I have come to question the relevance of some of the cultures in today’s world.

Some of the cultures among many others include; Igba Nnunnu (celebration of bird hunting), Igba Ekpe, Uche Oba (Guarding the yam barn), Izara Efa (Name taking), Igwa Mang (Thanksgiving), Ime Uche (Retirement ceremony), Itu Eye (Law enactment), Ekembu (New yam festival), Ekpe Ekoro, Okika Agbotji and Ekpe Eka. Most of these celebrations have very strong significance in the history and formation of the community.

Nlele Institute

No 5 Ayodele Aluede street Goodwill Estate Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria

+2348094311223

philipsakwari@gmail.com

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