Face Of Rhodies World Photo Contest Season 6 (My Culture, My Pride) – Miss Idorenyin Joseph Showcasing Ibibio Culture

James Idorenyin Joseph (8)

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.

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02 - Idorenyin James

My name is Idorenyin Joseph James. I’m 21 years old. I’m from Akwa Ibom state and I’m representing the ibibio culture. 

The ibibios are people from south eastern Nigeria. They are related to the anaang and Efik people. They share personal names, culture and tradition with the oron, Efik, ekid, ibeno people and speak closely related varieties of ibibio-efik. They are found predominantly in akwa Ibom state.

The ibibios fashioned for them a theocratic state in which everything is moved by a supreme authority of the gods who acted directly or through the agency of the ancestors, Chiefs and elders. They believed in a supreme being called Abassi who is the sky God generally regarded as the creator of all things. They also practiced traditional medicine called “Ibok”. The practioner was and is still called Abia Ibok (male or female). He/she could be a healer of sickness, causer of disease or destroyer of creatures. He/she had to know the names, location of various herbs, roots, flowers, leaves and had to learn how to make concoctions through the invocation of divine powers.

Their customs and beliefs constituted one of the cultural bedrocks and they include Ekpo nkaowo, Mbiam, ibet-eyop, ifod, usio-enying, Ibet-idim.

Another thing I admire about my culture is the traditional marriage procedure which involves consultation of the brides parents, unedible and edible feasts, marriage requirements, marriage ceremony and rite performances.

The apparel I used in my photo is called Ofong Uneg. It’s comprises of Ofong-Isin accompanied with nkwa ubok, nkwa isin, nkwa ukod and nkwa ided. Nkwa serves as ornamentation, it also served as dowry. The apparel is mostly worn by ibibio maidens, dancers and brides on the day of their traditional marriage.



Photography: Excellent

Photo Attitude: Excellent

Attire: Excellent

Presentation: Very good

Miss Idorenyin Joseph, we love your cultural attire, you simply interpreted the theme of this contest. Just that, you should have given an English interpretation of your apparels for the benefits of those who do not understand but your presentation is excellent.

 SCORE:  1900 votes / 2000

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