Recommended Books and Films

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Note:  Works of fiction will provide you with a far more holistic understanding of Odinani and Omenala than non-fictional works will

Fiction:
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
“No Longer at Ease” by Chinua Achebe
“Anthills of the Savannah” by Chinua Achebe
“Starbook” by Ben Okri
“The Dust Must Settle” by Obinna Ozoigbo (Interview with Author)
“Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okoroafor (Book Review)
“Nri Warriors of Peace” by Chikodi Anunobi
“More Folktales Among the Igbo” by Chinwe Okechukwu
“Ndi Ichie Akwa Mythology and the Folklore Origins of the Igbos” by I.N.C Nwosu
“Nkenu the Igbo Yes-Bird” by John Umeh
“After the Juju Man” by Chinwuba Iyizoba
“I Saw the Sky Catch Fire” by T. Obinkaram Echewa
Poetry:
“The Book of Dawn and Invocations” by Ogonna Agu
Non-Fiction:
“Ödïnanï: The Igbo Religion” by Ezeana Emmanuel Anizoba (PDF Link)
“After God is Dibia Volume 2″ by John Umeh
“Igbo People: Their Origin & Culture Area” by John Umeh
“Towards an Igbo Metaphysics” by Emmanuel M. P. Edeh
“Ofo: Igbo Ritual Symbol” by Christopher Ejizu
“The Paragon of Civilization” by Sylvanus A. Enworom
“The Agwu Deity in Igbo Religion” by Jude Aguwa
“Traditional Igbo Beliefs & Practices” by Professor IK N Ogbukagu
“Studies in Ibo Political Systems: Chieftaincy and Politics in Four Niger States” by Ikenna Nzimiro

“The Awka People” by Amanke Okafor (PDF Link)

“Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Igbo Traditional Agriculture” by Francis O C Nwonwu
“A Handbook of African Religion & Culture” by Professor Udobata Onunwa
“My Africa” by Mazi Mbonu Ojike
Film:

Mark of Uru

 

Godfather Parts 1-4

Ikenga

Ikenga: The Great Warrior

 

13 thoughts on “Recommended Books and Films

  1. Wow! This is a terrific list. I must share this with my friends.

    The more I read about Igbo tradition, the more fascinated I become. Previously most of my African explorations focused on Yoruba, Egypt, and the diaspora. Igbo is new to me, but a really terrific fit for my beliefs.

  2. This is a phenomenal list of works and I must say that I am glad to see African Godianism by my Grandfather Ahanyi KOK Onyioha. Thank you so much!

  3. I am so happy to see your site. I was born in the US but gave birth to an Igbo daughter who is now 16. Her father is strongly Christian and it pained me for her to not know so much about her traditional Igbo tradition. I am glad to see sights like this coming out.
    I have one more book I would like to recommend…
    The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology ….Ogbuide of Oguta Lake
    by Sabine Jell- Bahlsen

  4. An most impressing collection, I must say. I think you should include Christopher Okigbo’s Labyrinths With Path Of Thunder to complete the decorum. Well-thought up.

  5. I was happy to know that Africans had their religion before the Whiteman. This I found out from “The paragon of Civilization” by Sylvanus Enworom, where he described “Enyinjaism” as Egbuoma religion.

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