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Legacy of the Igbo by Ikechi1 Legacy of the Igbo by Ikechi1
Collaboration with AtreJane

Nri-Igbo

Aro-Igbo

Ekumeku-Igbo


This is a more general piece of the Igbo people, showing the past and present Igbo cultures. To note before colonialism occurred the Igbo were fragmented along traditional and cultural lines. They each had their own various interpretations of religion and history. The most notable different groups were the Aro-Igbo, the Nri-Igbo and the Ekumeku. Each of these three subgroups had so much distinction that all they shared was a language. What it took to unite them into a full tribal identity was the colonization by the British.

An Igbo saying was, "The Igbo have no King." This is a line quoted from British traders due to their frustration with dealing with the Igbo was they had multiple chiefdoms, few of which practiced lineage based power. This also meant that the Igbo did could not have an ethnic identity proper until the 20th century after large groups like the Arochukwu and Ekumeku had been destroyed.

The Nri-Kingdom was the last outpost to succumb to the British and once they did they began to speak for all of the Igbo. They became the cultural and religious center and once they became Christian the rest of the Igbo saw an overwhelming conversion to Christianity in the early to mid 20th century. One of the most notable depictions of the Igbo's change to Christianity can be read in the novel, "Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe.

What is also notable about the Igbo in regards to their religion was their treatment of twins. They saw twins as an evil anomaly of misfortune and would often leave the twins to die. European missionaries would rescue the twins and raise them so that they could use them to convert the local people.

The Igbo sense of ethnic pride and identity would become so strong that it would lead to secession in 1967-1970 during the Biafran War which they lost. However in 1999 the Igbo set up the group known as MASSOB that tries to push for an Igbo state in a pacifistic way.

One of the many stereotypes of the Igbo is their greed for wealth. One of their deities is Ahia Njoku-the goddess of yams. Those believed to have the surname Njoku would be said to be blessed by the Goddess of yams and wealth.

What allowed for the conversion to Christianity though was the missionaries verbatim of the word Chineke-supreme God. The missionaries insisted that Jehovah and Chineke were the same person which made conversion a lot easier. Ironically one of the main obstacles to conversion was Jesus being the Son of God. The Igbo could not fathom God having a child without a wife and did not understand why Mary could not be the wife of God. But by using the twins to spread the word the English could have a better grip.

As to why the Ekumeku and Aro are faded out in the drawing, it is to represent their death and how Nri-Igbo now holds aspects of both their cultures.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work, especially with the coloring. And you have a mind for historical and cultural details :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the compliment
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Asaizu Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is spectacular! Thanks for the information, I have been trying to research some of my Igbo heritage. It makes me furious that the bias British (leaders) thought they were above everyone else and superior... thinking they had the audacity to colonize.  Anyway, this is a great piece! As an American citizen, I needed to say that (U.S) students are so oblivious to the truth, our ignorant stupidity constantly shows it. Disbelief  I have to do my own research than ever believe what an American school textbook says. This is a FAV! PLEASE continue in awareness. 
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I plan to do pieces on famous historical figures such as Jaja Wachuku 
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Adxnna Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish they actually taught us THIS history in school. History that concerned us as a people, not just glorified, tired stories of Lugard and Ajayi Crowther. It might not have looked like it but a lot of people were really interested in what was there before the amalgamation. Some schools these days don't even teach history at all. Sigh.

Thank you for this! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it's comments like yours that usually spur me on to keep making these when I get in a lull about making these as usually the research is a bit of a struggle to get through :P
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Adxnna Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I can only imagine. It feels like they're actively trying to erase a large part of our history so all of this must be hard to come by. You're doing great stuff! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, but I cannot do for just Igbo, I have to do the other tribes, though I do have personal bias for the Igbos, being that I am one.
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Adxnna Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw the others and they're just as great! I'm Igbo as well, so you can understand my inclination towards this particular story. :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you the best for the holiday
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Adxnna Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same! :)
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Kanpai-san Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Amazing,you're a great artist. <3
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Honeylovesnight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Nice work. I love the colours. *-* so soft and powerfull.
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asanteM Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Nice work. I will post it here:

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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
saw it
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I really like this piece why the lighting and the description really hold it for me, thank you for taking the time to create these wonderful pieces on African history.
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
glad to do it and spread more awareness on African history
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yaGrlelyse001 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Okay best African oc of hetalia EVER
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you mean Nri-Igbo? Why is she the best?
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yaGrlelyse001 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Oh I meant your oc's in general sorry I mistyped
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh then thank you in that regard
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yaGrlelyse001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Your welcome! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
new character up
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yaGrlelyse001 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Yay!
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what do you think of the new character
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falkazmijka Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for a lesson on history.

I see that you make those sharp comic-like lines to mark the verges of things in the picture, yet those lines are very slim and coloured, and you actually use shade to get the 3D effect. I think that using less noticeable lines and shading insides is an interesting technique.

I can't help but to compare the history of the Igbo with the histories I've known beforehand - and as it is, Igbo gain my sympathy. So, good job ^^.
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
if you check the links you'll see more info on the various other tribes that I have done :P
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falkazmijka Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^!
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you enjoy them
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MasterOfUnlocking Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, lovely work! 
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful work, very powerful!~
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   General Artist
You're very welcome, hun!~
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   General Artist
^^
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
new character made
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