Nsibidi: An Artistic Expression and Communicative System in South Eastern Nigeria

Oghale Okpu


This paper attempts to discuss the origin of a communicative system (Nsibidi) which was prevalent in the pre-colonial period in the south eastern (presently, made up of Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states) Nigeria. The main focus is on its development, types, uses, discontinuity and ways of revival and prospects for modern usage; such as the use of Nsibidi symbols by theatre artists in the decoration of their stages when acting traditional plays, for body adornment in dance drama and for special effect on stage acting. Nsibidi is a pictographic artistic expression used in the pre-colonial era for different purposes, but because it was tagged as a secretive cult means of communication especially by the missionaries, many people avoided the usage, which is contrary to the present day ideology. However, the application of this pictographic expression by visual artists is still very low. The interpretation of the symbols are not part of this discussion. The researcher is of the opinion that it is time for this artistic communicative system be revised for modern use by visual and performing artists in addition to the use of Uli signs application

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