New ICSN logo, celebrating its 20th year anniversary

ICSN turns 20!

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of promoting our rich Igbo culture and enhancing cultural awareness amongst Ndi Igbo living within the UK, we hereby launch a new logo. ICSN was established in 1998 as a non-profit organisation by Umunne Olie and a few committed individuals who identified that there were many young British Igbos …

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Africa in the Square

A free for all event, Africa on the Square is a festival of African culture and heritage, featuring live music, dance, fashion, entertainment, market, food and family workshops in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square in Central London.Launched in 2014, this new festival proved a big hit with 20,000 people coming on the day.Each year has a jam packed …

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Iri-Ji Festival

This event is important event in the calendar of Igbo people all over the world. Iri ji in English means yam. The Iri-Ji (new yam) Festival is a time of thanksgiving to the gods for making the farm yields possible and praying for good yields for the next planting season.Iri Ji History: The most important …

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Umuada

Umuada represent one of the veritable tools in the government of traditional Igbo setting. Before the advent of the warrant chiefs, county council or Igwe as the head of a community, Umuada and Nze na Ozo society were the only government of the time. Therefore, Umuada (daughters of the land) has been as old as …

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Igbo Family Structure

Family is a very important institution in the lives of Igbo people. All relationships, according to Igbo culture, emanates from the family. Every child birthed in any family begins to learn about human relationships from within the family.Our collective view of the family unit, as people of Igbo extraction, is quite different from the views …

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Kola Nut

The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree, a genus (Cola) of trees that are native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The caffeine-containing fruit of the tree is used as a flavouring ingredient in beverages, and is the origin of the term “cola”. The first taste is bitter, but it sweetens upon chewing. The nut can be boiled to extract …

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Igbo vs Ibo

The Myth: Ibo= The People/The Tribe and Igbo= The Language The Reality: Igbo refers to all Igbo people, Igbo Land, Igbo Culture and Igbo Language. Correct Response: I am an IGBO person I speak the IGBO language I am from IGBO land Ibo is the Anglicized spelling using the English vocabulary. When Igboland was colonised by …

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Igbo Folklore

Folklore plays a major role in Igbo culture.  They represent creation, life, and even death.  Through elaborate tales, the Igbo people pass on their beliefs about how their people came to be.  While the tales focus mainly on animal characters, they represents many aspects of everyday life.  Igbo folk-tales, like American fables, are useful teaching …

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