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History isn’t just about dates and events; it’s the heartbeat of the Igbo people. Here, you’ll find stories of triumph, tales of struggle, and the enduring spirit of a culture that has weathered the storms of time and emerged with its identity intact.

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Group portrait taken by Dr. William Henry Crosse, Royal Niger Company, c. 1886-1895, Nigeria. Image source: MAA Cambridge.

Group Portrait from the Royal Niger Company, Niger River Igbo area, c. 1886-1895

This historical group portrait, captured by Dr. William Henry Crosse between 1886 and 1895, shows individuals from the Niger River Igbo area in Nigeria. Taken during the period of the Royal Niger Company’s operations, this image is part of the Crosse Collection at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.…

Read MoreGroup Portrait from the Royal Niger Company, Niger River Igbo area, c. 1886-1895

An Elder of Agukwu Nri. c. 1911 

This colorized photograph, originally captured by Northcote Thomas in approximately 1911, features an Elder of Agukwu Nri. The image is a crucial artifact for understanding traditional Igbo society and its hierarchical structure. It underscores the significance of titleholders and their roles in Igbo culture. The traditional attire visible in the photograph offers insights into social standing and community significance.
Read MoreAn Elder of Agukwu Nri. c. 1911 

Nri Obalike with his attendants and Chiefs, during the abrogation of nso and alu, 1911

The photograph above, taken in 1911 by Northcote Thomas, captures a critical moment in Igbo history: the abrogation of nso (pronounced [ēnsò]) and alu (pronounced [ālú]). This powerful image shows Nri Obalike, the Eze Nri (King of Nri), surrounded by his loyal attendants and chiefs.
Read MoreNri Obalike with his attendants and Chiefs, during the abrogation of nso and alu, 1911