[2015] LEHANHEL: Ibo Food

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[2015] LEHANHEL: Ibo Food

"Almost immediately the women came in with a big bowl of foo-foo. Obierika's second wife followed with a pot of soup, and Maduka brought in a pot of palm-wine. As the men ate and drank palm-wine they talked abouth the customs of their neighbors." (Page 76)

"That year the harvest was sad, like a funeral, and many farmers wept as they dug up the miserable and rotting yams. One man tied his cloth to a tree branch and hanged himself." (Page 32)

"The Feast of the New Yam was approaching and Umuofia was in a festival mood. It was an occasion for giving thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and the source of all fertility." (Page 43)

Ibo Food

" 'Thank you. He who brings kola brings life.' " (Page 15)

Growing yams is a diffucult task and the size of a man's yam fields and harvest say a lot about his work ethic. Yams are grown to increase wealth and also to feed their family.

The New Yam Festival of the Ibo people is an annual cultural festival by the Ibo people held at the end of the rainy season in early August.

Palm-wine is a substance of celebration, relaxation and carefreeness. It is brought to others' houses when visiting and is used as a shared experience for everyone.

A typical Ibo meal includes a starch and a soup or stew, prepared with a vegetable to which pieces of fish, chicken, beef, or goat meat are added.http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Igbo.html

Foo-foo soup is often made with flour that comes from the cassava plant. It is eaten with the fingers.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fufu

Njoku Ji is the Yam God.http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/divinity_of_the_day/african/njoku_ji.asp

Ibo cuisine includes other vegetables such as pumpkin seed, which is used to make a soup called Ejusi.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbo_cuisine

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There is a great deal of tradition surrounding the kola nut. It's a key aspect of being a welcoming host. The kola nut tradition is another way of showing respect.

By: Hannah Wood, Helaina Hojnoski and Leah Pidgeon (Period 8)

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