Ayan Ayandosu troupe, also known as The Oduduwa Talking Drummers entertaining Prince Charles of England

Talking Drum

Talking drum called Gangan was invented in Old Oyo Empire at an unknown date. It is mostly used in the Oba’s palace to praise-sing eminent chiefs who come visiting, primarily to extol the…

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Itsekiri people

Itsekiri are a small ethnic group in southern Nigeria, numbering just over 30,000 in 1952. Due to the position of their homeland- western area of the Niger Delta and the estuary of the Benin…

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Eyo Honesty II

Eyo Honesty II was the king of Creek Town, one of the Southern Nigerian towns of the Efik people who presently constitute the chief population of Calabar. Eyo is remembered in history for his…

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Ladi Kwali

Hadiza Ladi Kwali born in c.1925, was a Nigerian potter, the best known one in her time whose work won international acclaim for its ingenuity and beauty. Ladi Kwali was a native of Kwali village…

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Igbe

Igbe is a monotheist religion existing among the Urhobo people of southern Nigeria. It was founded by Ubiesha Etarakpo, a mystic from Kokori in Delta State. Precepts of this movement, which has…

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Leaded Bronze pendant discovered in Igbo-Ukwu, c.900-1000 AD. Facial scarification is that of titled men of Nri.

Nri Civilization

Nri was a medieval Igbo institution, located in the colonial Awka division. Nri was hypothesized by A.G. Leonard, British royal officer in 1902 as the fountainhead from which all the other clans…

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Idejo chiefs introduced by Oba Adeniji Adele II to Queen Elizabeth II

Idejo

Idejo chiefs are according to Lagos tradition, the original land owners of the island of Lagos, being descendants of Olofin who first colonized Iddo Island of Lagos. Some members of the Idejo…

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Iledi osugbo Abalaiye

Iledi osugbo Abalaiye is a pre-colonial period pagan ritual site along Ajina Square in Ikorodu. It was built in 1810 by joint community effort. It is a traditional Yoruba compound in Ikorodu. The…

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Asara

Asara is traditionally known as Oduduwa’s appointed priest in Mecca who extended the worship of multiple gods to the disdain of Moslems, who were at the time, subdued. Asara’s son, Braima, who…

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African Spurred Tortoise

The African Spurred Tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, called Ìjàpá in Yoruba and celebrated in many of its folktales as a wise animal, is found in the north of Nigeria and other Sahel regions. They…

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