IGALA/YORUBA: Cultural Relationship
On August 28, 2015 | 7 Comments

Yorubas should not be surprised to see Igalas dress like them because our culture are the same as well as the language, except the three facial marks (Inameta) for the Igala and four (Ila merin) for the Yorubas. Our stories have been that of Balkanization, marginalization, intimidation and hatred because of the event of the past. Some Igala early-educated individuals did little to help the land, because when the western education was introduced, our people sent those tagged as slaves, witches and wizards and stubborn ones to go to school. When it turned out that those educated would be the representatives of the people, they developed cold attitudes towards the land and the people. However, the sons of the soil that really contributed significantly to the development of the land are Chief (Sen. Dr Ahmodu Ali and Prince Abubakar Audu, and many others).
The two groups virtually have the same cultural practices. The mode of dancing, singing, and dressing, conducting funeral ceremonies, traditional hairstyle, and types of masquerades are almost the same.

 

The Yorubas so much preserved their culture. Most of their names are in traditional language with meanings and are rarely in English or other nationals. Only few of them have English names as middle names. Christianity and Islam did not have much impact on them in this aspect. Even in their Churches and mosques, traditional music was not a taboo.

The First Nigerian People

The First Nigerian People


Unfortunately, the missionaries that came to Igala land forbid wearing traditional dresses, bearing of traditional names, use of local musical instruments and so on. Igala sold their waist beads, local necklaces etc to other neighbouring ethnic groups. The women that weave Ashi packed their weaving materials. Those women that wear traditional beads were regarded as Idol worshippers. A typical Yoruba dressing today was exactly the way I met my grand father dressing. Even the first cloth my grand father made for me was a cloth called (Afe okpa meta) with cap called (otajia eti-abia), that is: a cap with ears like that of a dog.
Culture should be separated from religion, because, an idol worshiper uses white cloth as a flag for his or her idols or because he uses red or purple colour cloths for the gods, should we stop wearing such clothing?
Because he uses gong, flute, local drum (Agogo, Ufele and Ukoga.)

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