Traditions & Society

Worshippers at the Festival of Yemoja. Credit: Femi Amogula/Al Jazeera.
The Festival of Yemoja, Mother of the Yoruba Gods

In Ibadan, Oyo State, in a shrine revered and feared for its sacredness, sits a…

A Nupe wooden stool with incised carving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Credit: Wikipedia.
The Place of the Stool in Nupe Wedding Culture

The Nupe people live in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. They constitute the majority of…

Kusugu Well. Photo from Katsinapost.com.ng.
The Story of Kusugu Well

In the town of Daura, Katsina State, is located the Kusugu Well, whose history is…

Ikeji Festival in Arondizuogu. Credit to BBC.
Ikeji, the Biggest Festival in Igboland

Every March or April, during Easter, the people of Arondizuogu in Imo State celebrate the…

Ekpe. Egbo men’s leopard secret society, Cross River area, southeastern Nigeria. Early 20th century. Wellcome Images.
The Ekpe, the “Secret” Leopard Society

Among the Ekoi (Ejagham), Efik, Ibibio, and Bahumo people of Cross River State, the Ekpe,…

The Kwagh-Hir, a Tiv Theatre of Storytelling, Puppetry, & Music

During the dry season, from October to April, the Tiv people of Benue State hold…

Kokowa, a Folk Wrestling Tourney

Local sports in Bauchi State are organized to embody communal spirit, and few do so…

The Archaeological Artifacts of Igbo-Ukwu

In 1939, in Igbo-Ukwu, present-day Anambra State, a man named Isaiah Anozie was digging a…

Akwa-Ibom’s Feminist Dances

In the rich tapestry of Akwa-Ibom culture, the art of dance is valued, and even…

Egyptian Tomb in Saqqara Necropolis Found to Contain 27 Sealed Sarcophagi

By Jessie Yeung, CNN (CNN) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered almost 30 sarcophagi believed…