Book Project By: Sari Kroschel Things Fall Apart Nigerian culture
Location Well Nigeria is basically broken down into 3 ethnic groups, the Yorubas, Hausas, and the Ibos.
Language • Derived from a group of languages found in West Africa, or the Kwa languages • Based on a lot of pitch, vocal inflections and context • A single word could have numerous meanings depending on these factors • Idioms and proverbs play and important part in their language
Government in tribes • No single ruler • Almost everyone is involved in the decision process • Different groups are a council of chiefs, the elders of the tribe, women’s association, and secret societies.
Gods • Worship many gods • 3 levels of gods • Highest lever is the supreme ruler or “Chukwu” • Middle lever are the lesser gods call “Umuagbara” • Lowest lever of gods are the “Ndi Ichie”, or spirits of dead people • Also believe in reincarnation. • Each village has priest or priestess to help decipher what the gods said though conducting ceremonies and rituals
Yams • The yam festival is held in present day Nigeria and was also mentioned in the book • Beginning of August at the end of the rainy season when there is a lot of yams to eat • People offer yams to gods and dead relatives before eating
Housing • Mud and thatched roofs with bare floors and carved doors
http://www.gateway-africa.com/tribe/igbo_tribe.html • http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/ibo.htm • http://culture.chiamaka.com/igbopeoplesoc.html