abominations
a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc...
agadi-nwayri
old woman
agbala
woman; also used as a man who has no title
Ani
Is thought of the mother of all things, similar to 'Mother Nature' in other culture. "Earth Goddess."
approbation
approval; commendation
atonement
satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends
audacity
shameless boldness
buoyant
not easily depressed; cheerful
calabashes
the dried, hollowed-out shell of a gourd, used as a container or utensil
calamity
a great misfortune or disaster
callow
immature or inexperienced
chi
personal god
deftly
skillfully, cleverly
dispensation
a certain order, system, or arrangement; administration or management
dynamism
great energy, force, or power; vigor
effeminate
(of a man or boy) having traits, tastes, habits, traditionally considered feminine, as softness or delicacy
efulefu
A man without a title
egwugwu
masqueraders who dress like one of the ancestral spirits of the village.
ekwe
drum made from wood
eneke-nti-oba
a type of bird
esoteric
understood by only a select few who have special knowledge or interest
espied
caught sight of
expedient
proper under the circumstances
eze-agadi-nwayi
teeth of an old woman
fetish
any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion
foo foo
pounded yam
iba
fever
ilo
village green; village meeting area
impotent
without force or effectiveness
incipient
in an initial stage
indolatrous
worshiping an idol
inwardly
privately; secretly
inyanga
showing off
iyi-uwa
stone that links the ogbanje and the spirit world. if it is destroyed then the child cannot die.
jigida
beads that would hang off of the waist of women
life-spring
single prominent passion in life
miscreant
depraved, villainous, or base
ndichie
elders
nna ayi
our father
nne
mother
nso
religious offense; earth's taboo
nza
very small bird
obi
The living quarters for the head of a polygamist or polyandrist family
obiageli
half-sister
ogbanje
evil spirit that plagues families on purpose; changeling.
ogene
An Ibo instrument which is a large metal bell
ostracize
to exclude from society, friendship, conversation, priveleges, etc...
osu
Outcasts
Oye
one of the four market days during the week
ozo
title/rank
palaver
a long parley, especially one between primitive natives and European traders, explorers, colonial officials, etc...
palm-wine
an alcoholic drink mad from the sap of palm trees, is also called "kallu" or "toddy"
plait
to braid
saltpeter
form of potassium nitrate that occurs naturally, used in the manufacture of fireworks, gunpowder, etc...
subdue
to bring under mental or emotional control, as by persuasion or intimidation; render submissive
tufia
curse/oath
tumult
violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar
udu
drum made from pottery
uli
paint used to decorate women's skin
umuada
family gathering of daughters/ females return to home village
umunna
kinsmen
uri
part of a wedding ceremony when the dowry has been paid
valediction
an act of bidding farewell