The Igbo Studies Archive is a web based encyclopaedia of Igbo Studies which is devoted exclusively to the documentation of Igbo Studies – the life, history and culture of Igbo people both in Igbo land and the Diaspora.
The Igbo Studies archive was set up in order to facilitate the curation of knowledge, narratives and representations from and about Igbo people and Igbo Land. The Igbo Studies Archive is intended to provide a foundation for narratives of development by generating, collecting and sharing knowledge about Igbo life. Articles will be written by volunteer contributors with the appropriate subject matter expertise, reviewed by expert editors before publication and licensed as free content.
The Igbo Studies archive was started by The Igbo Studies Initiative, a not for profit organisation behind the successful Annual International Igbo Conference, which is hosted by SOAS, University of London. Following years of holding Igbo conferences with a different yearly theme, the organisers hope to have a central resource where content from the Igbo conferences will be distilled and made available to the public.
This online Archive follows years of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of Igbo people.
There are four pillars upon which the Igbo Studies Archive stands:
- It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in Igbo Studies to explore and revel in Igbo history through materials and artifacts.
- It helps Igbo people see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences.
- It explores what it means to be an Igbo person and share how Igbo values like hardwork, resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in Igbo history and culture.
- It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches worldwide to engage new audiences and to work with the myriad of academics, individuals, museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved important parts of Igbo life and history well before this online resource was created.
The Igbo Studies Archive is is a public resource where anyone is welcome to contribute, collaborate, and learn more about Igbo history and culture. In the words of Michael Crichton “If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”