""abomination for a man to take his own life" "

Suicide is intolerable in Igbo society. It is considered an "nso ani", a sin against the Earth. The Igbo people do not concede to the difficulties of life or to the demands of everyday life. They do not accept suicide as a solution to any problem regardless of the complexities. Suicide is believed to be a terrible and evil way to die.

The Igbo people believe strongly in reincarnation. Reincarnation is one of the ways they share their love with their loved ones who have passed. Consequently, death by suicide is believed to be an evil act and "a bad death." If a person commits suicide, then he or she will never be at peace with him/herself, the village, relatives, and most importantly, the gods. The only people that will reincarnate are those who lived a good life and died a "good" death. A person who died a "bad" death does not (and should not be allowed to) reincarnate.