In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook
for them nor enter their husband’s quarters when they are in their
period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice
is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the
traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of
Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be
asked to stay out.
*Leviticus 15: 19-20*
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean,
anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes
An Igbo man’s ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable,
elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the
influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is
ostracized by the community.
*1 Kings 21:3*
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid
that I should sell it, said Naboth. IKUCHI NWANY
Įgbos have practiced the taking of a late brother’s wife into
marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came.
Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it
is the duty of the dead man’s brother to marry her.
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which
either a male family member or a community member will spend
six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for
another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host
household, who is usually the older man who brought the
apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by
which to make a living.
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the
seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you
IRI JI OFŲŲ
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop.
There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji)
which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival
(Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the
staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a
new harvest before the festival. It’s a tradition that you give the
gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops,
and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by
bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has
given you. Celebrate in the Lord’s presence together with your
children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command,
said the Lord.
In Igboland it’s a tradition that the male children are circumcised
on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.
In Igboland, there is a practice known as “ile omugwo “. After a
woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced
relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition
to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she
is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom’s only
assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a
month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom
lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean
as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is
ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything
that is holy.