Nigeria is home to many indigenous tribes and has a very rich cultural heritage. It is rare to visit most developed nations and don't find an African or Nigerians residing there.
These Nigerians who've moved out out there motherland to reside abroad sometimes miss the culture and way of their people and can't wait to come back home. Some have gone as far as creating mini villages that emulate their Nigerian settlements in foreign countries. These mini villages are a sight to behold as a visit to one would take you down memory lanes and you'd feel feel as though you're in Nigeria.
In the United States for example, we have the Oyotunji African village for the Yorubas and the Igbo farm village for the Igbos. These indigenous tribes did a great job in trying to portray our cultural charm and splendour abroad.
Below we're going to take a look at both places and ascertain which is more beautiful in terms of splendour, charm and cultural beauty.
Predominantly, the Yoruba people are found in the Southwestern part of Nigeria with few numbers in other West African countries like Togo, Benin, Gambia etc. It is alleged that Urban migration and slave trade might have been the causes for the displacement of the Yoruba people across the globe.
The Oyotunji African Village is a Yoruba village located near Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina in the United States. The Oyotunji village is named after the Oyo empire, and the name literally means "Oyo returns" or "Oyo rises again" when translated to English.
The village covers over 27 acres of land and has a Traditional Yoruba temple which was moved from Harlem, New York to Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina in the year 1960.
During the 1970s, the era of greatest population growth at the village, the number of inhabitants in the Oyotunji village grew from 5 to between 200 and 250.
Oyotunji Yoruba African Kingdom offers its visitors a glimpse into the long intricate history and unique way of life of the Yoruba people.
Yoruba history and culture is preserved through historical documents, archival photographs, original artworks and cultural artifacts.
The Village also provides community services like the ‘Oyotunji disaster relief,’ across America. There is also a program tagged ‘It takes a village’ that is aimed at sourcing funds for community services for their people. Also, when one feels the need to change his European name to an African Yoruba name, the Oyotunji village will gladly help out with this task. They will organize mega naming ceremony and welcome these new people into their family.
Here are more photos of the Oyotunji African village.
Are these pictures not lovely?
Going further let us take a look at The Igbo farm village.
The Igbos are one of Nigerian tribes you can find almost any where and most especially in the United States.
Igbo Americans, or Americans of Igbo ancestry, happen to be residents of the United States who identify as having Igbo ancestry from modern day Nigeria.
There are primarily two classes of people with Igbo ancestry in the United States, those whose ancestors were taken from Igboland as a result of the transatlantic slave trade before the 20th century and those who immigrated from the 20th century onwards partly as a result of the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s and the economic instability in Nigeria.
However, Before the American Civil War, Igbo people were brought to the United States by force from their homes on the Bight of Biafra and shipped by Europeans to North America between the 17th and 19th centuries.
These Igbos whom are residents of the United states have just like the Yoruba people, found a way of promoting their cultural heritage and beauty.
The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia has completed an Igbo single-family farmers compound to acknowledge the prevalence of the Igbo in 19th century Virginia.
The Igbo village which is located in Staunton, Virginia USA, is home to the Igbos living in America as they can go there to learn more about their cultural heritage and the Igbos way of life.
This is really unique as children who're born in the diaspora can learn a thing or two about their Igbo roots. Black Americans can also learn something about their ancestors without traveling to Africa.
Annual festivals are held so as various indigenous gatherings, people living in the settlement look after one another and treat themselves as one whilst upholding the Igbo culture and traditions.
Here are photos of the Igbo farm village.
Photo credit: Eboyionline
These photos are stunning and colorful.
Between these villages, which do you think is a sight to behold in terms of splendour, charm and cultural beauty?
If you had the opportunity to visit just one, which would you visit?
Don't side your tribe, judge this like an African and drop your comments Below
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