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Igbo Don Faults Planned Sale Of Sacred Igbo Sculptures ‘Removed During Nigeria-Biafra War’

An Igbo professor, Mazi Chika Okeke-Agulu has spoken out strongly against the planned sale of some Igbo alusi in Paris. Auction house Christies has announced plans to auction the sacred statues.

But Okeke-Agulu, a professor of African Art History at Prinston University, USA, is having none of that. In an interview reported by The Guardian, he says:

“The original acquisition was rooted in violence. These objects are from my hometown, removed from places around eastern Nigeria during the [Nigeria-Biafra] War.


“What we’re seeing now is the continuing benefit from that original act of violence, which is an extension of that violence.”

The monetary value of the sculptures is estimated at between €250,000 and €350,0000 (£227,000-£317,000). That is NGN 170m. They were acquired under mysterious circumstances by French art collector Jacques Kerchache.

Many alusi sculptures were systematically stolen during the war from Mbari houses – shrines ardoned with symbolic murals that house sculptures of Igbo deities.

Anyone who illegally acquired Igbo and other African artworks should please, please and please return them. The Igbo and other African Peoples should also play their part by promoting justice, peace, and fairplay.

If there is unity, people with anti-African plans will find it difficult to manipulate Africans.

Source (and photos of the statues).

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River In Aguleri Where Osu Caste Belief Is Washed Away

Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, Of Eri, Aguleri in Anambra State, has said that Osu Caste system is a thing of the past in Igboland. He however spoke of a river in his domain where people are cleansed of Osu belief. He said;

Now, there is nothing like Osu in Igbo culture; it has been abolished.Nobody is being married to deities and nobody is running there for protection again.

Our tradition is all about love for our brothers and neighbours.You cannot be a good neighbour or brother when you discriminate.

Anybody who thinks he is Osu and comes here, we will cleans the person and he or she will be free. This place is the ancestral land of Igbo people. We originated here.

He continues: People have been coming here for cleansing and we have been setting them free. We will take them to the river and wash them, with a strong declaration that they are no longer Osu; they are liberated. It is real.

Sourcehttps://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailytrust.com.ng/igbo-people-must-go-back-to-their-roots-eze-eri.html/amp
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New York Times Number Bestseller List: Ijeoma Oluo’s Book Is Number 1

Ijeoma Oluo’s book, “So You Want To Talk About Race” is Number 1 in the New York Times Bestseller List. Another amazon has joined Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie and other literary giants up there.

Biography

Ijeoma Oluo is an Igbo Nigerian writer, born in 1980. She is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race[9] and has written for The Guardian, JezebelThe StrangerMedium and The Establishment, where she is also an editor-at-large.[10][11][12][13][14]

Many of her articles critiquing race and the invisibility of women’s voices have gone viral, as exemplified in the coverage of her interview with Rachel Dolezal.

Born in Denton, Texas and based in Seattle, Washington, in 2015 Oluo is very influential in Seattle.

Her writing covers misogynoirintersectionalityonline harassment, the Black Lives Matter movement, race, economicsparentingfeminism and social justice.

Igbo Amaka. God bless our country.

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Innocent Chizaram Ilo Wins 2020 The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Innocent Chizaram Ilo, has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his book, “When a Woman Renounces Motherhood.”

He joins other Nigerian literary figures like Jekwu Anyaegbuna who won with the entry, ‘Morrison Okoli’ in 2012; Lesley Armah who won with ‘Light’ in 2016; Akwaeke Emezi who won with ‘Who is like God’ in 2017 and Efua Traoré, with ‘True Happiness’ in 2018.

Source: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/entertainment/artsbooks/395931-nigerian-writer-wins-2020-commonwealth-short-story-prize-for-african-region.html

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See Mmonwu (Masquerade) Nwegodi Swagg (Video)

This video shows an Igbo mmonwu (masquerade) performance. Naija Chronicles captioned the video: This masquerades carriage as it performs some mellow dance moves is classic. Watch and enjoy.

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