The Igbo Community Waterford came together as a group in 2017. The Igbos originate from the Eastern part of Nigeria. As part of their tradition, when they find themselves in a new place they form a social group, they come together as a community to celebrate their culture through dance and music and to help new Igbo residents settle in and integrate into the community.
Igbo Community Waterford is made up of the women’s and men’s wings. It is also a way of passing down their Igbo culture and language of the Ibo people to their children. Dance is seen as an important way for women’s voices to be heard and their vital role in their communities and families is celebrated.
The Igbo Community Waterford performed together in Mount Congreve, their performance brought together dance, drums and drama. All performers wear a beautiful uniform (that the group make themselves) – everyone wears the same uniform so that everyone is included. The women’s head pieces are also a symbol of elegance, creativity, unity and inclusion. Drumming and dancing is central to the Igbo culture and used in celebrations of weddings, naming ceremonies, announcements and burials. Dance Performances and music both brings people together and celebrates their culture – it is an important and integral part of community life. The dance drama is also a way to tell a story and pass on the traditions to younger generations. In this performance the young girl’s water pot broke, a stranger helped her and all ended well – this shows how family and community can help individuals to solve their problems.