African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 167

Full Length Research Paper

Aspects of Ughievwen Culture of Western Delta of Nigeria and the Influence of Westernism

Felix Ejukonemu Oghi
  • Felix Ejukonemu Oghi
  • Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 19 December 2013
  •  Accepted: 22 April 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014

Abstract

The culture and tradition of a people represent their source of identity, pride and dignity. The Ughievwen people of Western Delta of Nigeria are no exception to this generalisation. However, the introduction of colonial rule to that part of Nigeria in the nineteenth century commenced a phase in the history of the Ughievwen, in which the people began to experience culture conflict. This eroding force gradually undermined the cultural values and practices of the people especially in areas of marriages and healing practices. These aspects of the people’s cultural values and practices thus began an irreversible journey into the abyss of adulteration and extermination. This paper examines aspects of Ughievwen culture and points out areas of conflict with western culture and calls for the restoration of Ughievwen cultural pride. The papers also provide data for further academic research and suggests way forward. 
 
Key words: Culture, Nigeria, Ughievwen, Western Delta and Westernism.