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Igbo Language

colonies of European nations debate among themselves about their duty to write in their native language rather than in the language of their former colonizer. Some of these writers argue that writing in their native language is imperative because cultural subtleties and meanings are lost in translation. For these writers, a "foreign" language can never fully describe their culture. Choosing a Language Achebe maintains the opposite view. In a 1966 essay reprinted in his book Morning Yet on Creation...

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The Igbo People

The Igbo People The Igbo people were a highly religious and close knitted community, at least when it came to their own particular clans and tribes. They relied heavily on their farming and looked upon the strongest farmers as those blessed by the gods and carrying a good chi (Achebe, 17). By the late 1800’s however, the Igbo people came into contact with British colonialism and soon their culture and beliefs began to spread thinly among the few who remained true to their gods and superstitions...

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Igbo Marriage

2013 Igbo Wedding Tradition Research The Igbo people have a certain process which the follow to have a marriage within their ways. There is a certain standard and procedure to go through to have a wedding. A lot is very customary within the marriage as a whole. I have found out the tradition and ceremony of marriage by researching the topic Igbo Marriage. During my research I found five sources that include web articles and, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Marriage in the Igbo tribe is...

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Igbo Culture In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, tells the story of the Igbo people, and their culture. Achebe explains Igbo culture and the changes that occur after the British arrive and install their practices and religion. In western literature, prior to this novel, and British colonization, the Igbo people have been portrayed as savage, primitive people. This literature includes Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary, where the main character is portrayed as “dimwitted” and the description is seen by Africans...

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Explore how Achebe presents Igbo culture in ‘Things fall apart’

African culture and society; thus, Achebe presents Igbo culture in all its complexities and intricacies. In doing so, Achebe presents the Igbo culture as one that respects and places great value on the art and skill of conversation. Achebe writes that “among the Igbo culture, the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” The description of proverbs as “palm oil” is significant as in Igbo culture, palm oil is an essential ingredient when...

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Igbo Studies, Linguistics and Other Nigerian Languages

IGBO ~  Ejike Eze ~ INTRODUCTION Igbo is one of the three major languages of Nigeria, the others being Yoruba and Hausa. Native speakers of Igbo, estimated to be between 25 and 30 million people, reside predominantly in five Eastern states of Nigeria, namely Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. These states are collectively referred to as Alaigbo (Igboland). Native speakers of Igbo are also minorities in two other Eastern States, namely Delta and Rivers. The language is also spoken as a second...

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Igbo Marriage To the Igbo people of West Africa marriage is essential in life. Among the Igbo marriage serves many different purposes other than unity between individuals and social status. Marriage plays significant roles in the Igbo status system for the individuals and their family and relatives. Similar to some traditional American marriages the Igbo marriages have many customs and face new trends that alter the norm of society. The Igbo have a marriage system that straddles the line of...

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English Language and the Igbo Worldview: A Review of Chapter Four, Nine & Eleven of Discourses and Interactions in Language & Literature edited by Austin Uzoma Nwagbara

English Language and the Igbo Worldview: A Review of Chapter Four, Nine & Eleven of Discourses and Interactions in Language & Literature edited by Austin Uzoma Nwagbara Introduction This paper is a review of three profound chapters of Discourses and Interactions in Language & Literature edited by Austin Uzoma Nwagbara; namely chapters four, nine and eleven. These chapters are chosen because of their evocative discussions of the English language and the Igbo worldview. Chapter four entitled “The...

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The Death of a Culture: an Analysis of the White Man's Influence over the Igbo Clan

happen in the dominion of our queen, the most powerful ruler in the world." (p. 194) The Death of a Culture: An Analysis of the White Man's Influence over the Igbo Clan The District Commissioner in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart tries to put forth the image of himself as a humanitarian, with the best interests of the Igbo at heart. However, his statement reveals that he is actually just an arrogant, hypocritical, power-hungry man. The District Commissioner, along with the other white...

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Chinua Achebe

Purpose, Language, and Family Chinua Achebe introduces his novel with a line of poetry by William Butler Yeats. In this poem, Yeats describes an apocalyptic vision of the world, in which all order and stability collapses into anarchy because of human faults. This vision works on two levels in this novel. On the one hand, we see the protagonist, Okonkwo, as a great man of Umuofia, who because of his own faults, has a tragic end to life. On the other hand, we see the falling apart of the Igbo society...

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