The Socio - Religious Significance of Obi (Kola Nut) among the Igala People of Kogi State

Imhoghıemhe John (Rev.Fr.) Iyere

Abstract


This paper focuses on the socio- religious significance of obi ( kola nut) among the Igala people of Kogi State, Nigeria. Obi is a significant item that is often eaten in socio-religious gatherings. Without it no traditional marriage can be celebrated in Igala-land. Its breaking and eating symbolize unity, peace, love and acceptance under the protective eyes of Ọjọchamachala (God) and Ibegwu (Ancestors). Suggestions are therefore made to make its socio-religious and socio-cultural importance global.
Key words: Socio – Religious; Kola nut; Igala

Resumé: Ce document se concentre sur la signification socio-religieuse de l'obi (la noix de kola) parmi les gens Igala dans l'état de Kogi, au Nigéria. L'obi est un élément important qui est souvent consommé lors des rassemblements socio-religieux. Aucun mariage traditionnel ne peut être célébré dans la région d'Igala sans ce fruit. Le briser et le manger symbolisent l'unité, la paix, l'amour et l'acceptation sous les yeux protecteurs des Ọjọchamachala (Dieu) et Ibegwu (ancêtres). Des suggestions sont donc faites pour lui rendre son importance socio-religieuse et socio-culturelle globale.
Mots-clés: Socio – Religieux; la noix de kola; Igala

Keywords


Socio – Religious; Kola nut; Igala; Socio – Religieux; la noix de kola; Igala

References


Abimbola, W. (1975). Sixteen great poems of Ifa. Lagos: UNESCO.

Achebe, C. (1980). Things fall apart. London: William Heinemann Ltd.

Adegbola, E. (1998). (Ed.). Traditional religion in West Africa. Ibadan: Oluseyi Press.

Adodo, A. (2000). Nature power: A christian approach to herbal medicine. Akure: BOSCO Training Centre.

Apeh, J. (1989). Social structure and church planting. Shipensburg: Companion Press.

Baker, H. (1970). Plants and civilization. California: Wadsworth Publishing Company, Inc.

Kruschandl, N.(2006). Solar cola exports. Retrieved from http://www.solarnavigator.net

Oduobuk, C.(2008). Celebrating the kola nut: Harbinger of good fortune. Retrieved from http://www.edu/Cvanderb/Nigeria.Sec.1.pdf

Oji, M. (2006). Communication and conflict resolution: The peace media initiative. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication Studies, 5, 119-132.

Okwoli, P. (1996). Introduction to Igala traditional religion. Anyigba: The Pastoral Centre Diocese of Idah.

Riggren, H. (1962). Sacrifice in the Bible. London: Lutterworth.

The New Webster’s Dictionary of English Language: International Edition (2000). New York: Publishers Guild Group.

The Graphics News (2010). Attah Igala Celebrates 53rd year of Reign in Grand Style . Retrieved from http://www.kogigraphics.com/art-culture.htm

Turaki, Y. (2000). Foundation of African traditional religions and worldview. Nairobi: International Bible Society Africa.

Udeze, E. (2011). Exhibition of local stimulants holds in Abuja. The Nation on Sunday, June,12.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ccc.1923670020110702.022

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Reminder

How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.


We only use four mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; office@cscanada.net; ccc@cscanada.net; ccc@cscanada.org

Copyright © Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture (CAOOC)
Address:730, 77e AV, Laval, Quebec, H7V 4A8, Canada

Telephone: 1-514-558 6138
Http://www.cscanada.net; Http://www.cscanada.org
E-mail:caooc@hotmail.com; office@cscanada.net