Traditions & Society

The Glass Bead Makers of Bida

In the town of Bida, Niger State, in traditional parlours called katamba, a guild of…

The Soapstone Figures of Esie

In 1775, a group of refugees from Old Oyo arrived in Esie, an Igbomina town…

‘Unprecedented’ Hajj Begins — with 1,000 Pilgrims, Rather Than the Usual 2 Million

By Jomana Karadsheh and Tamara Qiblawi, CNN (CNN) — Islam’s most important annual pilgrimage began…

The Making of Ńdébé, an Indigenous Script for the Igbo Language

“I had lofty goals,” Lotanna Igwe-Odunze tells me on Zoom, about the time, 12 years…

In Argungu, a Festival of Fish

On the last day of the Argungu Fishing Festival in Argungu, Kebbi State, thousands of…

The Teacher’s College That Became a National Monument

In 1921, when the British administration of Northern Nigeria decided to site the first institution…

The 500 Year-Old Dye Pits of Kano

East of the Kano City Central Mosque, close to the historical Kofar Mata gates and…

In Mbari Art, a Celebration of Life

Mbari, a sacred visual art form perfected by the Owerri people in Imo State, has…

The Historic Battlefields of Gombe

In 1908, a contingent of British troops fought the chiefdom of Tula, leading to the…

Nigerian Blogger Creates New Igbo Writing System: Ndebe

The blogger Lotanna Igwe-Odunze has published a book on a new writing system for the…