GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE

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GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE,Course Code GST 201. Course Title Nigerian Peoples and Culture, Course Developer Writer Dr Cyrille D Ngamen Kouassi. Department of Sociology Anthropology,Igbinedion University Okada. Benin City,Course Editor Prof Bertram A Okolo,Faculty of Arts. University of Benin,Benin City,Programme Leader Prof Yesufu.
Dean School of Arts and,Social Sciences,National Open University of Nigeria. Victoria Island Lagos,Course Co ordinator Prof Yesufu. Dean School of Arts and,Social Sciences,National Open University of Nigeria. Victoria Island Lagos,GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE. NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA,GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE.
National Open University of Nigeria,Headquarters,14 16 Ahmadu Bello Way. Victoria Island,Abuja Office,No 5 Dar es Salam Street. Off Aminu Kano Crescent,Wuse II Abuja,e mail centralinfo nou edu ng. URL www nou edu ng,Published by,National Open University of Nigeria 2008. First Printed 2008,ISBN 978 058 425 0,All Rights Reserved.
GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE,CONTENTS PAGES. Module 1 1,Unit 1 The Peoples of Southern Nigeria and their. Culture in Pre Colonial Times Part I 1 12,Unit 2 The Peoples of Southern Nigeria and their. Culture in Pre Colonial Times Part II 13 17,Unit 3 The Peoples of Northern Nigeria and. their Culture in Pre Colonial Times Part I 18 24,Unit4 The Peoples of Northern Nigeria and.
their Culture in Pre Colonial Times Part II 25 30, Unit 5 The Dynamics of The Evolution of Nigeria as a. Political Unit 31 38,Module 2 39,Unit 1 The Culture Area of the Niger Delta. Region of Nigeria 39 43,Unit 2 The Culture Area of the Rain Forest. Region of Nigeria 44 48,Unit3 The Culture Area of the Guinea Savanna. Region of Nigeria 49 53,Unit 4 The Culture Area the Sudan Savanna.
Region of Nigeria 54 59,Module 3 60,Unit 1 A Historical Analysis of Economy and. National Development in Nigeria 60 67,Unit 2 A Historical Analysis of Religion and. National Development in Nigeria 68 74,Unit 3 A Historical Analysis of Moral Rights. of Citizens in Nigeria 75 81,Unit 4 A Historical Analysis of Social Justice. and Development in Nigeria 82 87,Unit 5 A Historical Analysis of Social Justice.
and National Development in Nigeria 88 92,GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE. Introduction, This module is made up of five 05 study units see below However. you should always bear in mind that although the study units are. autonomous they are interconnected as well The overall aim purpose. of this first module is to introduce you to the knowledge of Nigerian. peoples and their cultures particularly in pre colonial times Thus this. module will focus on three 03 particular points namely. The history of the peoples of Southern Nigeria and their culture. The history of the peoples of Northern Nigeria and their culture. The study of the dynamics of the evolution of Nigeria as a. political unit, Unit 1 The Peoples of Southern Nigeria and their Culture in. Pre Colonial Times Part I, Unit 2 The Peoples of Southern Nigeria and their Culture in. Pre Colonial Times Part II, Unit 3 The Peoples of Northern Nigeria and their Culture in.
Pre Colonial Times Part I, Unit 4 The Peoples of Northern Nigeria and their Culture in. Pre Colonial Times Part II, Unit 5 The Dynamics of The Evolution of Nigeria as a Political Unit. UNIT 1 THE PEOPLES OF SOUTHERN NIGERIAN,AND THEIR CULTURE IN PRE COLONIAL. TIMES PART I,1 0 Introduction,2 0 Objectives,3 0 Main Content. 3 1 Major Ethnic Groups of Southern Nigeria,3 2 The Yoruba.
3 2 1 Origins of the Yoruba, 3 2 2 The Socio Political Organization of the Yoruba. 3 3 The Bini,3 3 1 Origins of the Bini, 3 3 2 The Socio Political Organization of the Bini. 3 4 The Igbo,3 4 1 Origins of the Igbo,GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE. 3 4 2 The Socio Political Organization of the Igbo. 4 0 Conclusion,5 0 Summary,6 0 Tutor Marked Assignment. 7 0 References Further Readings,1 0 INTRODUCTION, Nigerian Peoples and Culture is a very interesting and exciting study It.
is one of the best channels that will help you have a sound knowledge. and understanding of Nigeria and its peoples especially in pre colonial. times These are the Yoruba the Bini and the Igbo,2 0 OBJECTIVES. It is hoped that at end of this unit you should be able to. know who the Yoruba are,know who the Bini are,know who the Igbo are. discuss their origins,understand their culture or way of life. understand their socio political organization and, know the similarities and dissimilarities among them. 3 0 MAIN CONTENT,3 1 Major Ethnic Groups of Southern Nigeria.
We can identify among several others at least six 06 major ethnic. groups in Southern Nigeria These are the Yoruba the Bini the Igbo the. Itsekiri the Urhobo and the Ijaw However the first three are our main. concern in this unit,SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 1, Who are the major ethnic groups of southern Nigeria that you know. 3 2 The Yoruba, In a nutshell the Yoruba can be described as one of the major ethnic. groups in Southern Nigeria Of course several members of the Yoruba. race can be found everywhere around the globe But the majority of. them are found in some Western and Central States of Nigeria stretching. across Oyo Osun Ogun Ondo Lagos Kwara and Kogi They practice. GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE, both Islam and Christianity but most of them are still traditionalist to the. core The Yoruba ethnic group is believed to have come into existence. between 2000 1000 BC,SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 2,Use your own words to describe who the Yoruba are. 3 2 1 Origins of the Yoruba, Till today the history of the origins of the Yoruba people remains.
controversial The Yoruba as an ethnic group still holds many versions. about its origins,Rev Samuel Johnson s Version, In his book History of the Yoruba 1950 Johnson traces the origin of. the Yoruba to the East According to him the Yoruba originally came. from the North Eastern area of Africa The similarities between the. cultures of the Yoruba and the Egyptians in terms of religious. observances works of arts burial and other traditional practices are. enough evidence It is from Egypt after several years of journey that the. Yoruba finally settled in Ile Ife in Nigeria Oduduwa is believed to be. the first leader that led the Yoruba to Ile Ife and subsequently sent his. sons and grandsons to found other Yoruba kingdoms Johnson s. conclusion is worth recalling, That the Yoruba came originally from the East there cannot be the. slightest doubt as their habits manner and customs etc all go to prove. With them the East is Mecca and Mecca is the East Having strong. affinities with the east looming so largely in their imagination. everything that comes from the east with them comes from Mecca and. hence it is natural to present themselves as having hailed originally from. The Oke Oramfe s Version, Oke Oramfe is located in Ile Ife It is believed to be the centre from. which the world was created In their paper Yorubaland up to 1800. Akinjogbin Ayandele 1980 give us a full picture of what Oke. Oramfe s version is all about According to the legend there was a. period when the world was covered by water The Almighty God then. decided to send some of his messengers to the world and they included. Obatala or Orisa Nla or Orisa Alase as the leader and sixteen Oye. immortals They were given fives pieces of iron a lump of earth tied. to a white piece of cloth and a cockerel Somewhere on their way to the. GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE, world the leader Obatala got drunk with palm wine Oduduwa seized. the symbol of authority from him and eventually led the party to the. world The site on which they landed is traditionally known as Oke. Oramfe in Ile Ife On arrival at the site Oduduwa set down the five. pieces of iron and placed the lump of earth on them The cockerel then. spread its toes on the earth Consequently the earth was formed and. Oduduwa thus became the ruler It was from this base Ife that he. extended his authorities to other Yoruba towns and villages. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 3, The origin of the Yoruba ethnic group is still controversial Discuss.
The Socio Political Organization of the Yoruba, Oyo is best known as the major kingdom that eventually emerged as an. empire in Yorubaland Various traditions believe that Oyo was founded. by Oranmiyan the son of Oduduwa who is also credited with. establishing the present Benin monarchy Oyo Empire was founded in. the middle of the fifteen century A century later it became very. powerful and prosperous extending its authority as far as Dahomey. The Alaafin Administration, Oyo Empire was very unique and exceptional in its system of. government For instance in the sixteenth century Oyo was one of the. rare empires that had in built checks and balances and this contributed. to its stability for centuries The Alaafin was the head of the empire and. was resident in the capital He was also regarded as Lord of many. lands The Alaafin was assisted in his administration by a retinue of. officials made up of priests officials and eunuchs He had a well. organized court as well, Theoretically the Alaafin was the fountain of authority and was. therefore regarded as the companion of the gods Sometimes he had. an autocratic tendency but in practice his powers were often limited. and regulated by the Oyomesi a council of seven members headed by. Bashorun who acted as the prime minister The members of Oyomesi. were king makers as well At the demise of the Alaafin they were the. ones to select his successor The Oyomesi also had the power to remove. any Alaafin especially when he appeared dictatorial or transgressed the. laws of the land Usually the deposed Alaafin was expected to commit. GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE,The Ogboni Cult s Administration. Apart from the Alaafin cabinet members of the Oyomesi cult. constituted another arm of government It was a very powerful cult It. was composed of free and prominent members of the society as well as. members of the Oyomesi The Ogboni cult had a very vital position in. Yoruba society It played a mediatory role in any conflict between the. Oyomesi and the Alaafin It was a kind of counter power to the Oyomesi. The Army was another arm of government in traditional Yoruba society. It was very organized Its head was conferred with the coveted title of. Are Ona Kankanfo It was made up of infantry and calvary The Are. Ona Kankanfo was expected to live outside the capital The Army was. credited with performing important functions which included stability of. the empire expansion as well as keeping dissident territories in check. Oyo Empire also had provincial governments They were modelled after. the central government They were administered by princes minor kings. and baales provincial governors All of them were subject to the over. lordship of the Alaafin The provincial governments enjoyed. considerable autonomy But the Alaafin had personal agents Ilari all. over the provinces The Alaafin used the Bere annual festival periods to. acknowledge the renewal of allegiance of the provincial governors to. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 4, Discuss the socio political organization of the traditional Yoruba.
3 3 The Bini, It is obvious that the Bini more than any other ethnic group have. played major roles in the history of Nigeria For instance the Bini were. the first to be visited by the Europeans as early as 1472 A D According. to Hodgkin the second half of the fifteenth century witnessed the arrival. of the first Europeans to Benin For instance a Portuguese Ruy de. Sequeira arrived during Ewuare s reign in 1472 while Alfonso de. Aviero arrived during Ozolua s reign in 1484, The Benin Kingdom was also the first in the West Coast of Africa to. exchange ambassadors with a major European power the Portuguese. This was between 1481 and 1504,GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 5,Who are the Bini people. 3 3 1 Origins of Benin Kingdom,The Egharevba s Version.
Just as other Nigerian peoples the Bini have various traditions of origin. Egharevba 1968 for instance claims that the Bini people emigrated. from Egypt and in the course of their journey southward settled at. Ile Ife before finally arriving at their present location. Igbafe s Version, Another tradition has it that the Bini peoples have been living in the area. from the very beginning According to Bini mythology Bini was the. youngest child of Osanobua the High God He and his brothers who. included the king of Ife were sent to live in the world They were asked. by the High God to take whatever they wanted along with them to the. world While others chose wealth magical skills and material well. being the youngest on the advice of a bird chose a snail shell On. arrival they found that the world was covered by water Following. instruction from the bird the youngest child over turned the snail shell. whereupon sand poured out of it and covered a large part of the water to. form land Thus the first ruler of Bini became the owner of the land. Land made him powerful and wealthy as he had to sell portions of it to. GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE GST 201 NIGERIAN PEOPLES AND CULTURE Course Code GST 201 Course Title Nigerian Peoples and Culture Course Developer Writer Dr Cyrille D Ngamen Kouassi Department of Sociology Anthropology Igbinedion University Okada Benin City Course Editor Prof Bertram A Okolo Faculty of Arts University of Benin Benin City Programme Leader Prof Yesufu Dean School

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