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A Brief Look at the Yoruba People

- In Southwestern Nigeria there is an ethnic group of people known as the Yoruba. This culture is found in other areas of Africa such as Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In these countries their group is known by different names such as Anago, Tsha, Ife and Aku (Yoruba Online). Through archaeological excavation in Oyo and Ife, it is thought that the Yoruba people originated between the years of 800 and 1000 AD from the Middle East (p. 13 Drewal, Henry John, John Pemberton, Rowland Abiodun, and Allen Wardwell.)....   [tags: Southwestern Nigeria ethnic groups]

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Yoruba Tribe in Africa

- Yoruba is one of many tribes located in Africa and is one of the largest ethno- linguistic groups. Majority of the native people of Yoruba are a part of Southwestern Nigeria and Benin. However, a great percentage of Yoruba is populated by modern day Nigeria. Moreover, the Yoruba culture was an oral tradition, and majority of the people were native speakers of the Yoruba language. The native name of the Yoruba language is ‘Ede Yoruba’. The language originated through the Yoruba people because they were believed to be descendants of Oduduwa....   [tags: Ethno-Linguistic Groups, Nigeria, Benin]

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Yoruba People of Nigeria

- Among the many tribes found in Africa, the Yoruba people of Nigeria are the most popular. These indigenous people were a part of Southwestern Nigeria and Benin. In addition, they’re one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in Africa. A great percentage of Yoruba is populated by modern day Nigeria. Generally speaking, the Yoruba culture was an oral tradition, and majority of the people were native speakers of the Yoruba language. The native name of the Yoruba language is ‘Ede Yoruba’. The language originated in the Yoruba people, they believed to be descendants of Oduduwa, the son of a powerful god called Oludumare....   [tags: Africa, Indigenous Tribes, Nigeria]

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Different Religions : Yoruba, Hinduism ( Karma ) And Buddhism

- ... The practices of karma must be accomplished in the of essence nisama karma (not anticipating any rewards). It is Karma that is the cause of rebirth and, in a certain sense, it is also Karma that manifests in successive lives (Anand 2009). Healing and karma There is a serious lack of experimental research on how ailing patients comprehend the karma doctrine and it connection with the healing process. Researches was done on hospitalized patient with diverse medical diagnosis whom have shown lack of trust or no concrete knowledge of the karma principles and it connection to the wellbeing of one’s mental health....   [tags: Health care, Health care provider, Religion, Karma]

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Yoruba Art and Culture

- ?Any work of art owes its existence to the people and culture from which it has emerged. It has a functional and historical relationship with that culture.. Michael W. Conner, PhD# Staffs are carried and danced with by priestesses and priest in the Sango cult, dedicated to Sango, the Yoruba deity of thunder and lighting. The female figure represents a worshiper of Shango. The majority of the Yoruba people live on the west coast of Africa in Nigeria, but can also be found in many other places, as they are one of the largest cultural classifications in Africa....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka

- ... She explains to the woman in the market that the sacrifice to “give” her future daughter-in-law to Elesin is for the greater good of the whole instead of her son. When being questioned on the effects it would have on her son she states, “ My son’s wish is mine. I did the asking for him, the lost can be remedied (13). This gesture by Iyaloja demonstrates the un-selfish sacrifices Yoruba woman go through in order to keep tradition and unite a community even under colonial rule. In the play the reader see’s Iyaloja’s efforts to stop the “white man” from stripping away the culture tradition of the Yoruba community....   [tags: Yoruba women, story analysis]

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The Use of Nonverbal Theatrical Techniques in Soyinka’s Plays

- The drama of Wole Soyinka is the creative mixing of Yoruba rituals, dramatic techniques, music and dance with the foreign language, English. The rites, rituals, gestures, music and dance are some of the nonverbal techniques Soyinka employs in order to achieve his dramatic effect. The language is full of wit and graphic insult. Language is not the only thing Soyinka relies on for effective theatre but also on so many techniques. This is an attempt to discuss these techniques in some important plays of Wole Soyinka....   [tags: yoruba rituals, gestures]

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The Role of Music in Society

- Music has played a role in society since the dawn of man. Said to be the beginning of communication in early civilization, music and dance have influenced how we think, act and treat members of our own society. Song and dance is used in rites of passage ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals throughout the world. Jamaican and Yoruba cultures have made many contributions to our society. The uses of this music as a vehicle for political issues, values, and beliefs have been used by many musicians from different cultures....   [tags: nigeria, juju music, yoruba poetry]

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A Brief Note On Human Geography And Religion

- Alex Aragon Human Geography 102 Human Geography Research Project For my research project, I decided to write about African culture and religion. The main subject I wanted to pin point is exploration of the effects on day to day life in West Africa. How does it differ from my life. How is it different on a large and small scale. I plan to answer these questions in my research paper as well as explore the routines and customs of their culture and religion. Many African cultures and religions are very interesting and I plan to research one of West Africa, searching through taboos and beliefs....   [tags: Religion, Islam, Christianity, Yoruba people]

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Ritualistic Sacrifice in The Strong Breed

- Wole Soyinka, like other Nigerian writers, characterizes the conflict of cultural and religious choices in his country and emphasizes the distinct customs of society (Tucker 9). Born into the Yoruba tribe and culture, Soyinka’s writings are clearly influenced by Yoruba culture and practices. Communities and societies in Africa today religiously partake in ancient rituals that some may consider extreme, such as cannibalism and self-mutilation. In the village in The Strong Breed, the extent to which individuals will go in order to rid a community of its sins and faults is tested by the sadistic annual sacrificial killing of an innocent individual for communal benefit....   [tags: wole soyinka, yoruba culture, tribe rituals]

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The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center

- ... When the second twin dies, a second doll is consecrated to match the first and the mother keeps both with the consecrated pots. The twin ebeji are usually treated as actually children and were bathed, fed, clothed. If the family members fail to treat the ebeji with love and care, bad luck will fall upon the family and the deceased child will not go to the after life. The Yoruba have a system to evaluate art, and it’s called Robert F. Thompson’s nine cannons of Yoruba Art. The nine cannons are jijora, ifarahon, Pitones 3 didon, big heads, moderate roundness, bilateral symmetry, oriki, odo, and fine lines....   [tags: Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Vishnu]

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The Cultural Art of Body Art

- ... The procedure is said to be performed at dawn to help minimize the loss of blood, dawn being the coldest part of the day. The patrilineal stripes declare the clan membership of the children, and ensure that they are not denied the entitlements and rights of the clan members. There are many differences in the length, depth, spacing, and the placement of the stripes on the face. It may seem difficult to be able to be able to tell so much information about someone simply from the stripes on their face, but as Orie explains, for those that can read the traditional stripes, a brief look at someone’s face is enough to identify the town, regional affiliation, or family of that person (Orie, 201...   [tags: body art, decorations, cultural groups]

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West Africa during the Nineteenth Century

- The Atlantic slave trade was abolished by the British parliament in 1807. This caused great problems for West African slave traders who had witnessed a period of vast growth in the industry towards the end of the eighteenth century. They now had to focus on more lawful, legitimate means of trading. The types of industry that often replaced the slave trade were produce based, agricultural goods such as palm oil. The potential problems faced by traders were ‘exacerbated by the fact that it coincided with other problems for West Africa’s external trade.’ This refers to the Anglo-French wars which made the demand for West African exports very unreliable....   [tags: from slave trade to legitimate commerce]

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The Language Of The Sea Islands

- ... African syntactical features can be found in the lack of voice distinction, the use of verb phrases, and the use of the verb /de/. In respect to the distinction of voice, Turner uses the example of a Gullah speaker saying, “they beat him” instead of the English syntactic phrase, “he was beaten” (Turner, 209). Thus, distinctive voice is eliminated by the use of the objective case as opposed to passive verbs in English. This syntactical framework can be found in the African languages of Ewe, Yoruba, Twi, Fante, and Ga (Turner, 209)....   [tags: Caribbean, Atlantic slave trade, Ghana]

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The Challenge of Linguistics and Cultural Diversity in Education

- “Schools are changing in ways that, up until a few years ago, we thought unimaginable. Today, schools are more diverse than ever, and those trends will continue into the future. Unfortunately, teachers and schools have not always met the challenge of linguistic and cultural diversity” (Laureate, 2014). We must take the opportunity to get to know our students in order to recognize and value their uniqueness. “Teachers must work to understand the cultures of their students in a meaningful way, which involves recognizing the beliefs, values, and behaviors that characterize the various cultures of their students....   [tags: Diversity Essays]

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Religious Practices of Santeria

- Religion is one of the most scared aspects a person has in his or her life; for many practitioners their world, their universe revolves around it. Santeria is a religion in which many people do not know of and if they do it is often misunderstood to be some sort of cult. To those who practice it is a unique way of life with rich cultural and spiritual roots. The word Santeria is a syncretistic religion which combines the fundamentals of roman Catholicism, Animism , Voodoo and African religions....   [tags: catholisism, animism, voodoo & African religions]

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Performativity of an Ifá Divination Tray in a Western Museum

- Fowler’s Museum curator of African arts, Gemma Rodriguez, examines a selection of African divination objects in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives (2010b). The exhibit includes a 19th century Opon Ifá, or Ifá divination tray; a pair of Madebele Senufo divination figurines; and a 19th century Kashekesheke divining instrument from the Congo. The museum considers the exhibition of these objects as a “close study of works that reveals the diversity of African cosmological systems and differing concepts of fate, destiny, and causality” (Rodriguez, 2010a)....   [tags: African Culture, Paraphernalia]

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A Survival Ethic and Tailored Morality in African Traditional Religions

- In a number of African Traditional Religions there exists a varying sense of morality. In Mama Lola author Karen McKarthy Brown states that Vodou morality is a “survival ethic.” Brown goes further and states that morality in Vodou is tailored to the situation and to the specific person or group involved. Brown elaborates by stating that Each spirit has a moral pull, but no one spirit prevails in every situation (Brown pg.242). One of Brown's best explanations of why this is so is because there is no Golden age in the past and no heaven in the future so nothing is valued higher than survival of oneself and the survival of one's group....   [tags: vodou, empowerment, spirits]

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Cultural Experience at James E. Lewis Museum

- Cultural Experience at James E. Lewis Museum Art is known as one of the greatest assets that portrays different African cultures. African art includes pottery, sculptures, and masks. It serves different purposes such as entertainment, education, and communication with spirits. Wood, iron, clay, and textiles are used in sculpting pieces of African art, especially when creating masks. Art allowed African ancestors to preserve the value of the culture and maintain social order in communities. Each culture has its own artwork that presents a different meaning....   [tags: art, african cultures, pottery, sculpture]

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Violation of Human Rights in Nigeria

- The following work is a documentation of current events, and human rights violations in the West-African country of Nigeria. Following the movements of a terrorist sect by the name of Boko Haram, and traveling through the history of several African cultures, revealing the histories of sexual discrimination. As well as a sometimes violent history of religious conflicts throughout the country, between the Christian faith and that of the Muslim. In 2009 there was a rising of a terrorist group in the country, by the name of Boko Haram, when translated the name means "Western education is sacrilege"....   [tags: religion, Boko Haram, discrimination, violence]

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African Medicine

- African Medicine The 21st century has begun with a global health crisis of new and re-emerging diseases spiralling out of control, which coupled with escalating violence and poverty, threatens to cripple entire communities and countries. To tackle this crisis, it is currently essential that the Medical community work to access and harness as many resources and partners as possible. One of the resources often overlooked and underestimated, is the role of traditional medicine and healers, and the potential contributions they can make at many levels of health care delivery....   [tags: Papers]

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The Federal Republic of Nigeria

- The Federal Republic of Nigeria The Federal Republic of Nigeria, known as Nigeria, is located on the African continent and borders on the south the Gulf of Guinea, on the east Cameroon, on the northeast Chad, Niger on the north, and Benin on the west. Nigeria is divided into four sections: the north, south, east, and west. The Hausa kingom is located in the north, the Yoruba in the south and the west, and Ibo in south and the east. The Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba are the major ethnic group of Nigeria, but also refer to the kingom’s name and the culture and language of the area....   [tags: Papers]

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Who Is God?

- Who is God. Worshipping is a way to communicate beliefs and feelings of individuals and religious communities. Every society I have every studied from the American Indians to the Ancient Greek have all believed in some form of worship or religion. Altars have been and are in existence in several if not all forms of region. Robert Farris Thompson depicts this for the African population in " Overture: The Concept 'Altar,' " and " With the Assurance of Infinity: Yoruba Atlantic Altars," Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas, through pictures he and others have taken, has well as evidence from assorted books, articles, poems and songs, Thompson...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Summaries of Death and the King’s Horseman and Streetcar Names Desire

- Soyinka and Williams present their main characters, Blanche and Elesin, as victims of their own delusions by showing how they do not live in reality, but in their own worlds and how they never listen to anyone else when given advice. These two characters seem unstable in one way or another and their endings are unhappy ones. There are also times where these characters are completely different and their lives juxtapose one another. Blanche and Elesin are very similar as their delusions start off with both of them enjoying a good and expensive life....   [tags: characters, delusions, mental instability]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, one of the main characters Beneatha Younger tries to find herself and figure out exactly who she is. She is a twenty year old black woman who attends college in the South Side of Chicago. One of her closest friends, Joseph Asagai, is from Nigeria and he really has Beneatha’s best interests in mind. Nigerian culture is very significant in the play because Asagai tries to teach Nigerian culture to Beneatha, in order for her to discover who she wanted to be....   [tags: Character Development, PLay Analysis]

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Colonialism and Independence: Nigeria as a Case Study

- Colonialism and Independence: Nigeria as a Case Study During the colonial period in Nigeria (from about 1850 to 1960), the British, like any other colonial power, asserted their dominance through a variety of media. The colonial experience of Nigeria and Britain, and Nigeria's early post-colonial history can be described, roughly chronologically, in three phases or periods: the formation of a ‘captured' colony, the education and inculcation of ‘proper,' British ways (i.e., the ‘taming' of the colony), and the immediate aftermath of colonialism (i.e., the ‘independence' of the colony)....   [tags: Research Papers]

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Using Stanislavskys Method in The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

- Topic: The conventions of, Constantine Stanislavski, can be applied to the acting styles and techniques of performers in the first scene of “The Lion and the Jewel” by Wole Soyinka. In Wole Soyinka’s, “The Lion and the Jewel”, Stanislavsky’s method of motivation should be utilized in the performance being applied to the acting styles and techniques of Lakunle to enhance the viewer’s realization of themes in the play. The Lion and the Jewel is a play that uses comedy to address the customs of the Yoruba village....   [tags: acting styles, techniques]

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Female Agency in African History: From Solidarity to Innovation

- Title For many Westerners, Africa is stereotyped as a continent of tribes with primitive social structures and hierarchies. Included in this stereotype is an idea of the African woman as subservient, vulnerable and in need of protection. However, reality shows these notions are incredibly misguided. Although there is no denying that males functioned as the dominant sex in Africa, there are many historical analyses which show that women often had an active social role. One such analysis is “The Iyalode in the Traditional Yoruba Political System,” an essay by Bolanle Awe, which describes the role women played in the governing systems of the Yoruba people of West Africa....   [tags: Culture ]

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Indigenous Religions of the World

- Indigenous religions exist in every climate around the world and exhibit a wide range of differences in their stories, language, customs, and views of the afterlife. Within indigenous communities, religion, social behavior, art, and music are so intertwined that their religion is a significant part of their culture and virtually inseparable from it. These religions originally developed and thrived in isolation from one another and are some of the earliest examples of religious practice and belief....   [tags: Religion]

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The Development of Afro-Brazilian Religions

- ... The believers also offer offerings to their gods that are in form of farm products and animals . Teaching on righteousness Their definition of discipline and righteousness is different from the definition offered in many other religions. They define righteousness as what an individual feels its right to do. There are no well defined rules defining what is right or wrong due to lack of a formal scripture. However, some priests have come up with a booklet documenting some of the teachings. Beliefs Candomblé belief, not in a single natural power, but rather worship a number of gods depending on the ethnic community the believer comes from ....   [tags: interculturalization in the New World]

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Differences Between Christianity And Islam

- ... Even though Chineke strictly controls the fate of the believers, evil spirits have to power to deroute them from the right path by tricking them into committing wrong acts that goes against what the religion concept and rules initially are what the supreme God intended. The main evil spirit widely know in Odinani is called Ekwensu. Similar to Iblis in Islam and Satan in Christianity or Eshu in Yoruba, he is responsible for a majority of bad things that happen to mankind. Chineke rewares every good deed/behavior and Ekwensu rewards every bad deed/behavior....   [tags: Religion, Islam, Christianity]

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The Culture Of African Art

- ... Below this triangular cutout begins the hand of the ladle, smooth and round with no damages or signs of anything less than carved perfection. If you had closed your eyes and grasp the handle, you wouldn’t have even assumed it was wood. It was so professionally crafted that it almost looked artificial. Underneath the smooth handle is the main attraction of the ladle. An incredible detailed woman is kneeled on both her knees, naked kneels naked, holding her breast; smiling and open eyed, looking out onto everyone being served from her beneath the bowl....   [tags: Woman, Nudity, Ethnic groups in Africa]

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African Art

- African Art African Art does not have specific date to which it evolved because most early African Art was carved in wood, which perished quickly. This is why most art dates from the 19th and early 20th century. Many 20th century artists admired and collected pieces of African Art. They enjoyed the bold color, expression, and form that produced a new beginning in art history. African Art was mostly dedicated to life affirming activities such as healing, pleasure, protection, and transformation....   [tags: Art]

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African Mythological Commonalities

- African Mythological Commonalities Creation myths vary among African ethnic groups highlighting similarities and differences in belief systems and societal constructs. There are many factors that contribute to creation myths for each individual group. Survival issues dominate many my ths, suggesting the origins of land, the ability to cultivate land, and the benefit of existing off of what one has cultivated. Questions of where land came from, the purpose of man, and the relationship between the creator and the created are evaluated....   [tags: African Creation Myths Essays]

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Death And The Kings Horseman: Giving Up The Battle

- From the Western perspective, it is hard to understand ritual suicide as anything positive or helpful to the living. There almost seems to be no Western equivalent to the "duty" of Elesin in Death and the King's Horseman. However, Wole Soyinka gives us a comparable situation in Jane's description of a captain blowing up a ship to save the people on the shore. It's a moment of hypocrisy on Britain's part, both trying to prevent Elesin's suicide and lauding a Western suicide which purports to do the exact same thing - save the living from destruction....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Santeria and Lukumi Religions Practiced by Hispanic Caribbeans

- Santeria and Lukumi Religions Practiced by Hispanic Carribeans Religious origins: The Yoruba religion was brought to the Hispanic Caribbean approximately four hundred years ago by African slaves during the period of conquest and colonization of the new world. The religion remained traditionally strong among the African community until the Spanish conquerors began to prohibit its practice. When the Spaniards reached the New lands they brought with them the religion of the reigning King. That is Queen Isabella's religion; Catholosism....   [tags: Religion Religious Caribbean Essays]

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Relationship Between Blues and the Working Class in Ishmael Reed's Blues City

- Ishmael Reed, in ‘Blues City’ gives an account of the realms of ethnic diversity, cultural rivalries, the capitalism philosophy, and the interrelationship between blues and the working class. Oakland, often viewed as a sister to San Francisco across the Bay, is one of the most unique cities in the America. It is the home to dozens of artists, blue-collar workers, the Black Panther community, and a vibrant rustic and yet industrial town. Due to Oakland's bad reputation, Reeds in 1979 expressed his reservations when his shallow pockets forced him and his wife to find a house in Oakland....   [tags: cultural diversity, black panthers, oakland]

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Overview of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie

- Throughout the centuries, the roles of Nigerian women have continuously evolved. During the pre- colonial era, women in Nigerian tribes were not only child bearers and wives, but also free adults. They played critical roles in food preparation, weaving, pottery, and the economy. However, the impact of British rule in Nigeria made a significant shift from the pre-colonial to the post- colonial era. The influence of the Catholic Church, Western style education, patriarchal government and modern ways of making money took a major toll in a woman’s role in society....   [tags: nigerian women, kinship, tribes]

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African Art: The Extraordinary Terracotta Ceramic Faces

- Apart from rock art, ancient artists in Africa prepared sculptures. One of the oldest sculptures in Africa was the extraordinary terracotta ceramic faces, many of which have worn out over time, recorded in western African country of Nigeria and are as old as 2,500 years or more. The sculptures are assembled using iron cast or even grog compounds though none of them exists in their initial form. They demonstrate a resilient spirit in the African culture that dates back to about 200 AD (Peter 89. Their stupendous formal characteristics and communicative eminence places them at a distinct position with reference to African art history....   [tags: nigeria, scuptures, ancient africans]

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Culture, Diversity, and Struggles of Nigeria

- “As in many places in Africa, the growing cities of Nigeria at first are divided by ethnicity. Benin City for example, has a city government that operates under the national government, but also has sections of the city, each of which dominates a single group and led by chieftain of that group. As the cities develop, these societal isolations tend to disappear; now the cities are blending the old African societies and replacing them with national identities.” (Moss 383) The objective of this report is to give understanding on the culture of Nigeria, the diversity of its people and the overwhelming struggles that exist....   [tags: English Literature, Ethnic Group]

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The Evolution of Women in Nigeria

- Throughout the centuries, the roles of Nigerian women have continuously evolved. During the pre- colonial era, women in Nigerian tribes were not only child bearers and wives, but also free adults. They played critical roles in food preparation, weaving, pottery, and the economy. However, the impact of British rule in Nigeria made a significant shift from the pre-colonial to the post- colonial era. The influence of the Catholic Church, Western style education, patriarchal government and modern ways of making money took a major toll in a woman’s role in society....   [tags: empowerment and subjugation, African culture]

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Nigerian Hip-Hop and Youth Identity

- Today, youth are surrounded by different influences from friends, family, social media, etc. During person’s youth, they are trying to figure out their identity. Nigerian hip-hop music is growing in popularity and has a lot of influence on the Nigerian youth and beyond. It has a large emphasis on incorporating English and Nigerian Languages in their song which allows them to connect with youth all over. Nigerian music today is able to send out positive or negative messages to the youth. It can send out music about women, money, power, and sex or holding your government responsible for their promises....   [tags: Code-Switching, Nigerian Broken English]

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Traditional African Beliefs and Customs

- In African context, Nigeria presents the largest concentration of everything that is traditionally African from tourism, traditions, customs and belief respectively. To elucidate this point, Ghanaian American writer Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah points out: For example, Peeking at the eggs on which a hen is sitting was believed to make you blind. A pregnant woman who ate pork could have a baby with a mouth like that of a pig. Among a Nigerian tribe Yoruba, it was believed that there were spirits hidden in rivers and hills in various cities....   [tags: Nigeria, tourism, wisdom]

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Creole : A Creole Language

- ... The French colonial slaves were routinely treated with great brutality and inhumanity, more so than any other place in the Western world. The French were too concerned with keeping up the demand for goods that they allowed the slave population to grow unregulated. After one-hundred years a 10-1 ratio of free to slave population emerged. In 1791 there were 500,000 slaves and about 50,000 free peoples, of which 30,000 were free people of color, both blacks and mulattos. The free colored people were allowed to hold property, including their own slaves....   [tags: Haiti, Slavery, Haitian Creole language]

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Exploring Nigeria's Riches

- Introduction The country that I regard as one of the most influential countries in the world is Nigeria. It is rich not only in natural resources but also in culture, an aspect that many people fail to greatly appreciate. As I deeply researched and developed this essay, I hoped to enlighten, excite, and engage you on this very ethnic journey. I will explore the following topics, but will not limit myself to solely these: topography, imports, exports, language, rituals, customs, people, main cities, industries, climate, and main problems....   [tags: culture, natural resources]

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Colonization of Nigeria

- Colonization of Nigeria The British were not the first to infiltrate Nigeria. They weren’t the second either. First of all, people within Africa have been migrating all over the continent, including Nigeria, way before there was even written record. Also, there has been so much mixing of ethnic groups over the course of time. However, it isn’t all that hard to trace back and find the first evidence of outside infiltration. External penetration of Nigeria started as early as the 9th century AD when Muslim merchants from western Sudan, Maghreb, Tripolitania and Egypt started traveling across the Sahara with camel caravans in search of trade....   [tags: Papers]

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Undercooked Humans, Undercooked Minds

- One day, God was practicing His culinary skills in His kitchen. He decided to bake His people and give them names. He first wrote those names on a sheet of paper. With His handy kitchenware and fresh ingredients, He started molding and shaping the dough He created into humans. He lined, brushed with some butter, and dusted the baking pan with flour. He transferred and aligned the raw humans into the baking pan. He popped them into the preheated LG oven with a temperature of 150° Fahrenheit. He waited patiently while listening to his newly purchased IPod Touch....   [tags: Allegory]

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How Music Influenced Society

- Music has played a role in society since the dawn of man. Said to be the beginning of communication in early civilization, music and dance have influenced how we think, act and treat members of our own society. Song and dance are used in rites of passage ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals throughout the world. American and African people of color have contributed a brand of music that represented a struggle as well as a celebration during the civil rights movement. This Civil rights era fueled a people to stand and be accounted for and take pride in their culture and ethnicity after millenniums of oppression....   [tags: music, black american culture]

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Impact on the People of Nigeria by Muslims, French and British

- Africans have been migrating through out the continent, including Nigeria, long before there was even written record. Because of this, there has always been an extensive amount of inter-mingling between various ethnic groups, making it difficult to actually trace back who came from where. Aside from this amalgamation, there has been a huge impact on the peoples of Nigeria by outside forces. In particular, three major groups that had a major impact were Muslim merchants from across the Sahara, British slave traders and eventual colonizers, and the French and British Christian missionaries....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing the Cultures of The Ik, The Pomo Indians, and The Nayar Society of Southern India

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Retention and Preservation of African Roots in Jamaican Folk Music

- Retention and Preservation of African Roots in Jamaican Folk Music Preface Amid tens of thousands of volumes in this library collection at UVM, the "silence" is in fact a low hum issuing from the vents. I read essay upon essay, ideas and histories of ideas, until I pause in a pensive moment. A thick green binding breaks my meditation. A title, The Power of Sound, fills my mind with music. I consider the power of words. The music issuing from the Caribbean island of Jamaica has for decades — and many contend longer — broadcast a uniquely Jamaican identity....   [tags: essays papers]

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Nigeria: A Country Headed in the Right Direction

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The Brass Plaques of the Benin Palace

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Voodoo and It's Misinterpretation in America

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The Gifts of Santeria

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Creation Mythology of Africa

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Colonial Fiction: Mister Johnson

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The Chris Ofili Controversy

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The Origins of Voodoo

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The Natural History of Mahogany

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Urban Mythology

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The Roles of Women in Death and King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka

- In his play Death and King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka shows that women had important and recognized roles in traditional Yoruba society. Women fulfill their social, moral and spiritual roles as mothers, enforces of the discipline, show guidance to the community. Iyaloja, the Mother of the Market, is politically and spiritually critical. Aside from being the enforcer of discipline, her towering image in terms of influence is a great source of nourishment to the entire community. In the play, the women of the market are also capable of assuming positions of power, reducing man’s superiority....   [tags: power, freedom, ritual]

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Why Do Nations Fail? by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

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The World 's Land Mass, Africa Is The Second Largest Continent

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Nigerian Culture : An African Country On The Gulf Of Guinea

- ... Marriage which is a means by which a family is formed is viewed as a necessary but not sufficient condition to create a family. Most individuals aspire to marry especially before the age of thirty five (for women) and forty two (for men). Although there are exceptions to this, mainly the Christians striving to live a life of celibacy and some others who have either refused to marry for certain reasons or have been labeled in the society as “no-go-area” for marriage Basic understanding about the family structures in Nigeria: A place where children learn to interpret life’s realities while parent serves as the significant interpreter to their children for information about the world and...   [tags: Family, Extended family, Demography]

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All Black Everything: Analyzing African Influence throughout Puerto Rican Music

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Speaking Standard English May Succeed Individual in Nigerian Society

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The feasibility of democracy in Africa by C. Ake

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The History of Smallpox and How It Became Eradicated

- ... Smallpox is caused by the variola virus. It is in the family of viruses called Poxviridae. There are two kinds of variola virus, variola major and variola minus. Variola major is much more severe than variola minor and kills about 30% of people who are infected. Variola minor kills between 1 and 5% of those infected. Smallpox does not infect any animals except humans and people or animals cannot just carry the disease. Smallpox is spread by face-to-face contract. It can also be spread through the bed sheets and clothes of people who have the disease....   [tags: disease, weapon, virus, vaccine]

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Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman

- Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman In his play, Death and the King's Horseman, Wole Soyinka would have us examine every clash and conflict, save for the one involving culture. Certainly this may seem the most obvious part of the play, but we would do the general understanding of Death a disservice if we ignored one of the central conflicts in the play. Every element of the play is placed in terms of two extremes, and the cultures must be considered one of those pairs. Suicide is no exception to this examination; it must be seen in the conflicting lights that Soyinka gives us: British vs....   [tags: Soyinka Horseman Death Essays]

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The Role of Nigerian Women in the Workplace

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Are We a Product of Nature or Nurture?

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Poor Education For The Rural Areas Of Nigeria

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Race And The Categories Of The United State

- ... Even if someone appeared white if they had at least one grandparent that was black they weren’t considered white in the eyes of the government. Race in the past in census collection was used to determine who got citizenship. The census was a way to provide “justification for racial exclusion “(Noble 5). An interesting comparison that Nobles wrote about is the presence of slavery in the Unites States and Brazil. The United States abolished slavery in 1865 while it took Brazil until 1888 to do the same....   [tags: United States, Race, Black people, Race]

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The Cowry: More than just a Currency

- Currency is often simplified in our modern day world; we take for granted its beauty and symbolism and only think about its face value. However in ancient Nigeria, the natives valued their currency as a representation of several key elements of their culture—the cowry represented fertility, divinity, durability, and spirituality in early times. The cowry has since evolved into a symbol of advancement of Nigeria from a primitive state into a modernized nation—it has helped Nigeria maintain its identity and cultural history while helping the nation to develop....   [tags: Economics]

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Becoming Successful and Keeping My Original Heritage

- ... I felt so out-of-place, the majority students were white and I just couldn't keep my original name with me. My teacher as well as the students couldn't say "Josue" right. When they began to pronounce my name they called me Josie, Josuu or Jose and the class would laugh and from that moment the name Josh was born. They even put me in speech class because to tell you the truth I don't even know why they did. I was a great reader and never had to stop to pronounce a word or anything. I guess being quiet in my class made them believe I couldn't read....   [tags: healthcare, college, classess, journey]

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