The ilo or the village green is where assemblies for sports and discussions take place.
An uri is a part of the wedding and betrothal ceremonies in which the dowry is paid by the suitor and given to the bride's father.
A coiffure is a hair style for women that is typically used in ceremonies, such as weddings.
Traditional Igbo dish made for special occasions and the biggest and best feasts. Special because of the yam tubers used in the making of it. It is also called Asaro or Ebe.
IKOKORE (Water-yam pottage) serves 4. Wonderfully delicious made with grated water yam and favourite of ljebu's from Western Nigeria.
INGREDIENT: l kg/2lb water-yam 1 medium size smoked dry fish 1 onion (ground) 100g/4oz fresh pepper (ground) 1oz iru 570ml palm-oil 2 tablespoon tomato puree salt to taste.
Peel the yam, cut into medium chunks, wash thoroughly and grate into a clean bowl. Season with salt and leave aside. Pour the stock into a clean pot add other ingredients and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and scoop small handfuls of grated yam into the simmering soup to form dumplings, using up all the yam mixture. Place lid on pot and gently simmer for 30 minutes until yam is cooked. Check seasoning and serve hot.
Camwood is a small African tree that can be used to make red dye.
Waist beads are worn under clothes and have multiple meanings; they are sometimes used in healing processes, they can be used to attract a husband, or show rites of passage.
The ekwe is a traditional Igbo drum with rectangular slits on the exterior of the drum. The interior of the instrument is completely hollowed out. Most commonly made from the trunk of a tree, the ekwe comes in a variety of designs and sizes, depending on its purpose.
There are different types of egwugwu, some violent some harmless. An egwugwu being an ancestral spirit came around when there was a death and made an appearance at the funeral; either good or bad and after it is said they go back to the underworld.
In Igbo culture, a female crime is a crime commited by accident, while a male crime is one that was committed on purpose. In the novel, Okonkwo commits a female crime when he kills someone on accident. This portrays weakness.