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Title:My year reached, we heard ourselves singing: dawn songs of girls becoming women in Ogbogbo, Okrika, Rivers State, Nigeria, January 1990
Authors:Gleason, J.
Ibubuya, A.
Year:1991
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:22
Issue:3
Pages:135-148
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:girls' initiation
songs
songs (form)
Cultural Roles
arts
literature
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819713
Abstract:An analysis of songs sung at dawn by girls while performing their coming-of-age rites (Iria rites) in Ogbogbo township on Okrika Island, not far from Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria. Traditionally, Iria was a necessary prelude to marriage. Nowadays, it is no longer necessary to perform Iria in order to be viewed, by the community and by one's self, as a real woman. The songs offer information on how Okrika girls feel about men, about sex, and about their bodies. The transcription and preliminary word-by-word, literal translation was made by Chief Allison Ibubuya. Notes.
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