Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 6 (My Culture, My Pride) – Miss Bethel Okoli Showcasing The Igbo Culture

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As part of the task for Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 6 (My, culture, My Pride), contestants were asked to tell us about the culture they are representing in an expository essay writing. This task carries 2000 votes, and below is an unedited essay writing sent in by this contestant.

Have fun and get to know more about her culture.



Name: Okoli C. Bethel

State of origin: Anambra

Age: 23

Name of culture representing: Igbo



The Igbos, a great part of Nigeria, actually the largest ethnic group in Nigeria. The Igbos dominate the eastern part of Nigeria. Although there is a saying that an Igbo man is found in every part of the world. The Igbo culture is a very delicate and beautiful one. The Igbos are known to be very superstitious , everything aligns with nature. The Igbo culture respects various aspects of a man’s life; the birth, age grading which is called “Ito ogbo” in Igbo language, marriage and death. These various aspects are always celebrated. Everything in the Igbo culture has meaning, like their mode of dressing. A woman’s wrapper and beads are her pride. In the olden days, people do not own many wrappers. They each have at least three wrappers except the rich.

My apparel is a ceremonial outfit, only worn by the rich because of the head tie, most Igbo women in those days just adorn their hair with beads considering their few wrappers, but the wealthy ones tie their hair with a matching wrapper to stand out. The beads on my neck is to enhance my beauty also is the bangle on my wrist, which is made out of wood. This outfit is worn during special occasions, like, the full moon festival, New yam festival “iri ji” or a wedding ceremony.

There are so many things to love about the Igbo culture.Their belief in God whom they refer to as “Chi” even before the missionary came to Nigeria. The Igbos have always believed in the existence of an almighty being, although they believed to speak to him, you must go through “Amadioha” which the English call an Oracle.
The Igbos are firm believes in their traditions. There is punishment for anyone who goes against them. For instance; a young maiden can not get pregnant in her father’s house, it is punishable by banishment, except she is an only child and she is expected to produce a male heir for her father. Some of the traditions still stands today like the payment of bride price before the traditional wedding.
Am proud to be Igbo.



Photography: Excellent

Photo Attitude:Excellent

Attire: Excellent

Presentation:  Good


Miss Bethel Okoli,  wow! It’s good to know that a young maiden can be banished from the land should she get pregnant in her father’s house. though that’s not applicable in some cultures. Your presentation is okay  but you didn’t tell us how your apparels are called.


SCORE: 1800 votes / 2000

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GOOD: 300

POOR: 200

FAIL: 100

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