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: 185

Article in Press

What is culture without change? Addressing Igbo History’s Gaps

Nwakaego Blessing Ugwuanyi

  •  Received: 26 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 28 June 2021
Igbo culture and society extends back to at least 3000 BC, but there is little known of the individuals. Without individuals there is no history, or at least no draw. Igbo history teaches of events and cultural details, but the events usually lack players and the culture is nearly stagnant. This study aims to find the reasons behind this. Why is Igbo history so full yet so barren? Part of the reason stems from traditional methods of historiography that do not support most of Igbo history prior to the 19th century due to a lack of written sources. The goal is to find the cause behind the barrenness and explain why it is necessary to remedy it. This is done by analysing social and cultural history, their uses and importance, then applying it to Igbo history. Doing so showed that without people there is no history so a history so bereft of people is hardly engaging for long term no matter how much culture you examine. This implies that it is necessary to find new methods of historiographic research where Igbo history is concerned.

Keywords: Igbo history, Social, cultural, historiography, history gaps