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Traditional Nigerian Housing

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Mark Kiplinger

on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Traditional Nigerian Housing

Composition
Interior
Location of Family Huts
Protection
The protection that a traditional Nigerian house provides varies on how well the house was built
Most of the time a normal house would provide protection against harsh winds and rain
The houses are very vulnerable to earthquakes and typhoons.
These houses were also very weak when it came to protection against other human beings.
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Most houses didn't have indoor plumbing and electricity
Drinking water was about a half a mile away from houses
Father had his own hut
The wife and children lived in the same hut near the father's hut
Some families had a wall around all of their huts
Traditional Nigerian Housing
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Location
"He had a large compound enclosed by a thick wall of red earth. His own hut, or obi, stood immediately behind the only gate in the red walls. Each of his three wives had her own hut, which together formed a half moon behind the obi" (Achebe 14).
Each hut was spaced out from the others

General Nigerian Housing
coastal regions, walls and roofs are made from the raffia palm which is in the area
in the forest areas, huts are made of mud with mat roofs and are usually rectangular
savanna areas of the central region and north, the huts are made of mud and roofed with grass thatch
Igbo Housing
walls are made of mud and decorated by the women with artwork
houses are made with a stick framework underneath the mud outer layer
usually circular or rectangular thatched with palm leaves or grass
floors are made of beaten down mud
"A new cover of thick palm branches and palm leaves was set on the walls to protect them from the next rainy season" (Achebe 55).
'Okonkwo's wives had scrubbed the walls and the huts with red earth...They had then drawn patterns on them in white, yellow, and dark green" (Achebe 37).
•Typical Nigerian houses are usually decorated with various sculptures relating to their culture.
•These sculpture are often used to keep away evil spirits.
•Many of which were used to please tribal gods/goddesses or promote good luck as well.

Most huts also had bedrooms for the children
Each person in the hut usually had their own bed
"But she went to Okonkwo's compound, passed through his obi and into Ekwefi's hut and walked into her bedroom. She placed Ezinma carefully on the bed..." (Achebe 111).
Interior
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