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Sports in the Igbo culture

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Ashley Berry

on 1 March 2013

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Popular Sports in our Culture Sports and Seasons Sports Wrestling in our Culture Ibo Wrestling in Things Fall Apart Popular Sports in the Ibo Culture: -Football -Tennis
-Basketball -Golf
-Soccer -Bowling
-Baseball -Volleyball -Wrestling -Squash Racket
-Soccer -Weight lifting
-Basket ball -Judo
-Table & Lawn Tennis -Handball
-Cricket (Nnigma)
-Polo "In the months of June and July, when the hungry season or "onwo" occurs, wrestlers in the villages get excited about the upcoming matches. This sport is usually celebrated together with dancing, drumming, sacrifices, and other rituals(Agbogun)". - must be pinned for 3 seconds
-mostly played by men
-more of a fan base
- weight divisions
-not as popular
-more rules -Only men participate
-Wrestling is more of a big deal
-Part of ceremonies
-any competitor carried off of the ground and thrown on their back is defeated
-Different classes
1.)Mkpufu Mgba: ages 15-18
2.)Isogu: ages 18-28
3.)Ikpo: ages 28-30, highest grade Bibliography

"Countries and Their Cultures." Igbo. Advameg, Inc., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013.n.a.

Wrestling: A Traditional Igbo Sport." Wrestling A Traditional Igbo Sport. IgboHistory.com, 2010. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. n.a.

Wrestling." Igbo Cultural and Support Network: Nigerian Igbo Youth Organistion in the United Kingdom, Web. 27 Feb. 2013 n.a., n.d.

"Sports and Nigeria." Welcome to Nigeria Planet.com. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. n.a. n.d.

Agbogun, James. "Nigeria, People and Culture: Wrestling: Igbo Traditional Wrestling." Nigeria, People and Culture: Wrestling: Igbo Traditional Wrestling. N.p., 17 Nov. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor, 1994. Print.

Ibo Wrestling. Google, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013 Level Three Question: How is wrestling in Things Fall Apart different from wrestling in our culture? Similarities of Wrestling in both cultures: Significance of Sports in the Ibo culture: -Competition of strength
-Shows manliness
-Different classes of wrestling
-Battle of the fittest The Ibos believe that "A man is said to be a man only when he has efficiently and effectively handled trying situations(Agbogun)."

-Boosts social status
-Resolves problems
-Decides marriage suitor Wrestling in TFA: "Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat. Amalinze was the great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten, from Umuofia to Mbaino(Achebe)."

“Who will wrestle for our village?
Okafo will wrestle for our village.
Has he thrown a hundred men?
He has thrown four hundred men.
Has he thrown a hundred Cats?
He has thrown four hundred Cats.
Then send him word to fight for us.”
(Achebe) - Okonkwo became well respected a famous by throwing the Cat
-Ekwefi left her husband for Okonkwo because of his wrestling achievements AShley, Cyndra, JR, Neon and Quinn
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