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African Mythology: Myths & Stories From West Africa

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Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne
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In this ongoing class, students will be told stories about the myths and gods of the various regions of West Africa

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 7
  • Students will learn about the various West African mythologies. These will range from the mythologies of the Igbo people to even the people of the ancient Songhai empire. The topic will cover their gods, their spirits, and even how some of the pantheons were even structured. Many of these stories told will also be parables in nature, stories that had life lessons, and for some stories that end with weird lessons, the context behind them will be explained.
I am a researcher of African History and Mythology since 2011. I have been at the research department of the African History section of the Smithsonian for 3 years. I myself am West African and have collected some of the stories from the actual locations they are from. I have been educating on these myths for 2 years on other platforms. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No parental guidance needed.
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Afigbo, A. E. (n.d.). Prolegomena to the Study of the Culture History of the Igbo-speaking Peoples of Nigeria. West African Culture Dynamics. doi:10.1515/9783110800685.305
Agbogu, H. T. (1974). The art of Nri: A heritage of the philosophy, aesthetics and socio-ritual motifs-symbols in the function of art as a translation of life in an Igbo traditional society.
Aguwa, J. C. (1995). The Agwu deity in Igbo religion: A study of the patron spirit divination and medicine in an African society. Enugu, Nigeria: Fourth Dimension Pub.
Aguwa, J. C. (1995). The Agwu deity in Igbo religion: A study of the patron spirit divination and medicine in an African society. Enugu, Nigeria: Fourth Dimension Pub.
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Dickson, S. (n.d.). History and Origin of Igbo people in Nigeria. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/6442785/History_and_Origin_of_Igbo_people_in_Nigeria
Ihekwaba, F. N. (2016). Struggle for control of the hinterland of the Bight of Biafra. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.
Isichei, E. (1976). A History of the Igbo People. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-15621-4
Isichei, E. (1976). Igbo Resistance to Colonial Conquest. A History of the Igbo People, 119-139. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-15621-4_9
Isichei, E. (1976). Igbo Society in the Middle Years. A History of the Igbo People, 19-41. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-15621-4_2
Isichei, E. (1976). Igbo Warfare in the Nineteenth Century. A History of the Igbo People, 75-93. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-15621-4_6
Isichei, E. (1976). The Dawn of Igbo History. A History of the Igbo People, 3-16. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-15621-4_1
Jell-Bahlsen, S. (2008). The water goddess in Igbo cosmology: Ogbuide of Oguta Lake. Trenton NJ: Africa World Press.
Jester, J. S., Rance, D., Johnson, A., & Newberry, W. (2014). Pentecostal Church Planting As Power To Belong: Assemblies of God Church Planting Narratives From West Africa Since 1990. Springfield, Missouri publisher not identified.
Kalu, O. U. (2003). The embattled gods: Christianization of Igboland, 1841-1991. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
Ndiukwu, A. (2015). Authenticity of Belief in African (Igbo) Traditional Religion. doi:10.3726/978-3-653-04879-7
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Njoku, O. N. (1991). Magic, Religion and Iron Technology in Precolonial North-Western Igboland. Journal of Religion in Africa, 21(3), 194-215. doi:10.1163/157006691x00023
Njoku, R. (n.d.). Chinua Achebe and the Development of Igbo/African Studies. The Igbo Intellectual Tradition. doi:10.1057/9781137311290.0014
Nweze, N. O. (2006). Ani Ọkpọsi: Eka-nesi mmahi = from our fathers to our children. Abakaliki, Ebonyi State: Saltcoast Treasures Organisation.
Nwosu, I. N. (1983). Ndi Ichie Akwa mythology and folklore origins of the Igbos. Nigeria: I.N.C. Nwosu.
Odita, E. O. (1973). Universal Cults and Intra-Diffusion: Igbo Ikenga in Cultural Retrospection. African Studies Review, 16(1), 73. doi:10.2307/523734
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Onwukwe, S. O. (2002). Re-discovering Arochukwu: The Arochukwu saga: 1000 years of unbroken monarchy: Public enlightenment. Owerri: S.O. Onwukwe.
Onyesoh, O. O. (2000). Nri: The cradle of Igbo culture and civilization. Onitsha, Nigeria: Tabansi Press.
Onyesoh, O. O. (2000). Nri: The cradle of Igbo culture and civilization. Onitsha, Nigeria: Tabansi Press.
Opata, D. U. (2005). Ekwensu in the Igbo imagination: A heroic deity or christian devil. Nsukka, Nigeria: Great AP Express.
Osaghae, E. E. (n.d.). IV. IGBO Migrant Ethnic Empire: The Eze IGBO. Trends of Migrant Political Organization in Nigeria, 54-69. doi:10.4000/books.ifra.896
Peek, P. M. (2011). Twins in African and diaspora cultures: Double trouble, twice blessed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Preston, G. (2007). The Four Legs of the Great Ikenga. Dialectical Anthropology, 31(1-3), 319-319. doi:10.1007/s10624-007-9012-y
Preston, G. (2007). The Four Legs of the Great Ikenga. Dialectical Anthropology, 31(1-3), 319-319. doi:10.1007/s10624-007-9012-y
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Timeline of Igbo history. (2017, October 06). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Igbo_history
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1)I teach Classical Western Civilization History. Pre-colonial West African history with more specifics on pre-colonial Nigerian history and mythology. I also teach prehistory. 
2)I am a volunteer at the Natural History Museum. A tax professional,... 
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weekly
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35 min

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Ages: 9-14
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