Nigerian Religion and Music #2

As presented in my last post Nigerian music really played a major role in society during the era before 1945. Not only did it have many religious based values, but it also played many other roles within society during this musical era within Nigeria. Most of the music introduced to Nigerian individuals had religious roots so that was the major point of interest within society, but many individuals also composed music based off of their own personal values as presented in my previous post. I would now like to delve deeper into the role music and religion played within the society of Nigeria pre-1945.  This post will discuss religion more primarily than music itself during the pre-1945 era.

The primary source that I will be discussing involves the marriage of a Nigerian man to a royal individual of England. It was out of the ordinary for this to ever happen during this time period but as presented in th3e article it actually went through and was approved to happen. Both of their families approved of the marriage (“Plan July Wedding”,1953). Not only does this discuss an unusual event that occurred within the religion of Nigeria but it also links to music because many ceremonies within Nigeria included a lot of the music that had been introduced to the Nigerians pre-1945. It would have been unusual for some sort of Nigerian music to not be played or performed at a Nigerian wedding. Although the marriage was taking place at a church in England, members of the Nigerian man’s family would be attending the marriage so it is inferred that some sort of Nigerian root music would have been heard at the wedding (“Plan July Wedding”,1953). Both individuals were asked if they expected any problems to come because of their mixed marriage. The Nigerian man responded by saying that he fortunately wouldn’t have to worry about this type of issue occurring within his country because there is no discrimination because of color or religion within his country (“Plan July Wedding”,1953). Therefore, not only did was this marriage quite unusual between these two ethnicities but music also links to this topic primarily because Nigerian music was utilized at many or most Nigerian celebrations or ceremonies.

As a whole music seems to have been a prominent factor within society as presented in the previous research that I have done. Although this post focuses mainly on the religious values that were held within Nigeria, it is clear that music was connected to many religious events and practices that were spread throughout Nigeria. It was definitely unusual for a Nigerian man to get married to and English woman of high social status let alone an English woman at all, but as state in my primary source, it seemed to create no issues at all from the male’s point of view. The female did not speak of this topic but it can be inferred that she had no issues related to this topic considering many of her family members planned to attend the wedding ceremony (“Plan July Wedding”,1953).



Cripps’ Daughter To Wed Nigerian, Plan July Wedding; Chicago Defender (Jun 06, 1953) p.1, col.5; front page; Jun 06, 1953;