Ignatius Nnaemeka Onwuatuegwu (PhD)


This paper is a philosophical review of the egalitarian and democratic nature of the Igbo people. From the findings made, the Igbo people are an ethnic group or a cultured community in eastern Nigeria. Enjoying a cultural history, which is characterized by peaceful coexistence and justice in their original way of life, and to a great extent, industrious and truthful. The Igbo political system is a representative one since it supports equality before the law. The system also operates a decentralized leadership system where the power of decision making is not from a particular person not minding the position of such persons in the leadership. Powers are separated among the Igwes, ozo title holders, okparas, umuadas among others. Any decision to be taking has to involve the masses via the group mentioned above. Before any conclusion is made on any issue, there will be group by group debates on a particular subject until a consensus is reached. Though in recent years, there are several impunities within the Igbo leadership system. Among others, it was recommended that various members who had dubiously taken leadership position should leave and resign from such position, to preserve the republican and egalitarian nature the Igbos are known for.


Igbo Society, Republican, Egalitarian, Igbo Cosmology, Philosophical Approach.

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