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Igbo in the Atlantic World

The Igbo are one of the most populous ethnic groups in Nigeria and are perhaps best known and celebrated in the work of Chinua Achebe. In this landmark collection on Igbo society and arts, Toyin Falola and Raphael Chijioke Njoku have compiled a detailed and innovative examination of the Igbo experience in Africa and in the diaspora. Focusing on institutions and cultural practices, the volume covers the enslavement, middle passage, and American experience of the Igbo as well as their return to Africa and aspects of Igbo language, society, and cultural arts. By employing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, this volume presents a comprehensive view of how the Igbo were integrated into the Atlantic world through the slave trade and slavery, the transformations of Igbo identities and culture, and the strategies for resistance employed by the Igbo in the New World. Moving beyond descriptions of generic African experiences, this collection includes 21 essays by prominent scholars throughout the world.
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Abbreviations Preface and Acknowledgments 1. Introduction Raphael Chijioke Njoku and Toyin Falola SECTION I: IGBO INSTITUTIONS AND CUSTOMS AS BASELINE 2. The Kingless People: The Speech Act as Shield and Sword Hannah Chukwu 3. Igbo Goddesses and the Priests and Male Priestesses Who Serve Them Nwando Achebe 4. Gender Relations in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Igbo Society Gloria Chuku SECTION II: THE IGBO IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: THE MECHANICS AND PATTERNS OF MIGRATIONS, SETTLEMENTS AND DEMOGRAPHICS 5. The Aro and the Trade of the Bight A. E. Afigbo 6. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the Bight of Biafra: An Overview Kenneth Morgan 7. The Igbo and African Backgrounds of the Slave Cargo of the Henrietta Maria John Thornton 8. `A Great Many Boys and Girls': Igbo Children in the British Slave Trade, 1700-1808 Audra A. Diptee 9. Becoming African: Igbo Slaves and Social Reordering in Nineteenth Century Niger Delta Raphael Chijioke Njoku 10. The Clustering of Igbo in the Americas: Where, When, How, and Why? Gwendolyn Mildo Hall 11. The Demography of the Bight of Biafra Slave Trade, c. 1650-1850 Paul E. Lovejoy 12. The Igbo Diaspora in the Era of the Slave Trade Douglas B. Chambers SECTION III: CULTURAL CROSSCURRENTS: DIMENSIONS OF THE IGBO EXPERIENCE IN THE ATHLANTIC WORLD 13. The Igbo Diaspora in the Atlantic World: African Origins and New World Chima J. Korieh 14. Olaudah Equiano and the Forging of an Igbo Identity Vincent Carretta 15. Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa - What's in a Name? Paul E. Lovejoy 16. Archibald Monteath: Imperial Pawn and Individual Agent Maureen Warner-Lewis 17. Igbo Influences on Masquerading and Drum-Dances in the Caribbean Robert W. Nicholls 18. The Afro-Caribbean Diaspora in Reverse and its Implications for the Development of Christianity and Education in Igboland, Southe

About the Author

Toyin Falola is Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin. He has written and edited more than 100 books, including The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005). Raphael Chijioke Njoku is Director of International Studies and Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Idaho State University.


"Makes a significant contribution to the sociology and historiography of the Igbo society, by documenting not only the cultural genealology, heterogeneity and dialects of this society but also their contributions to diasporic cultural formation, identity, and transmutation. This is probably the most comprehensive collection of scholarship on diverse aspects of Igbo society and culture." -Ifeanyi Ezeonu, Brock University

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