Colonization of the Igbo People

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The Colonization of the Igbo People In the past four centuries, European imperialism has been spreading all around the world. Though it has slowed down in recent years, at the beginning of the 20th century many African villages began to see missionary activities. Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, was exposed to both the traditional religion of Igbo people and the Christian faith while growing up in Africa. His father was an early convert to Christianity in his village and his uncle believed in the traditional values of the village. Chiuna Achebe’s experiences as a young man growing up in an evolving society greatly influenced his writing in Things Fall Apart. Achebe writes about the downfall of an African village by Christian missionaries. In the beginning of Things Fall Apart, Achebe gives a realistic view of how life was growing up in an African village. He describes the Igbo people as having a very strong language; though, sometimes the meaning of words can be lost in translation. The European view of the Africans was believed that they had a simple undeveloped language. Achebe also states that it was not common for men to have multiple wives. The men were accustomed to giving their wives harsh beatings. In an westernized country, these actions would not be tolerated. Another way Achebe describes the Igbo people was that they believed in many gods. Igbo people believed in a group of ancestral spirits called egwugwu. The way the Igbo people lived their lives maybe contrary to what the Europeans believe; however, they had a system that worked for them. The Igbo people were generally peaceful and only acted in violence when they were in fear. For example, the first time we read about any outsiders was when Obierika mentioned the Abame clan. A white man had showed up on an iron horse (bicycle). Out of fear and miscommunication of
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