IRONWORK AS A VEHICLE FOR PROMOTING ART IN AWKA, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

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IRONWORK AS A VEHICLE FOR PROMOTING ART IN AWKA, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

                                                                      ABSTRACT

 

It has been observed that ironwork faces so many problems that limit its objective of providing

jobs and producing item that could serve the needs of the populace. In contemporary society,

people seem less interested in Ironwork while patronage has also reduced. This study

investigated the origin and history of blacksmithing in Awka, examining the trends, and issues

in  the  industry. The study also examined the current state of blacksmithing in Awka as well as

its future. Descriptive survey was used for the study while the study area was Awka, Anambra

State. The population of the study was all the registered members of the Blacksmith Association

in Anambra State. They are 34 in number. The grounded theory approach was used in the

analysis  of data for the study. The result of this study showed that blacksmithing originated in

Awka when a man from Ezeagu, in the present day Enugu State called Nebechi Uzo, visited

Awka as a professional  smith. It was also found that blacksmithing in the area has under gone

many changes. Learning is done through apprenticeship method and it is also transferred from

father to children. The result of this study also showed that blacksmithing is still being practiced

but at a reduced rate. Finally, the result of this study showed that the future of blacksmithing in

Awka is under threat as those who are currently in the trade do not have confidence in it. They

are willing to abandon it if they get other opportunities. This suggests lack of interest on their

part. The researcher recommends, among others, that the government of Anambra state should

provide modern tools for blacksmithing in Awka and make them pay  back in terms of tax.

                                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Title Page                                                                                                                         i -ii

Certification      –          –         –         –          –         –           –          –         –           –          iii

Approval Page            –           –           –           –           –           –           –                             iv

Dedication               –          –           –          –            –           –          –         –        –            v

Acknowledgements        –           –        –         –        –        –           –          –           –        vi-vii

Table of contents           –        –          –          –           –         –         –           –          –     viii –x

List of Figures          –           –         –             –             –            –          –           –             xi

List of Plates            –             –             –         –              –                 –                –           xii-xiii

Abstract              –                 –              –              –             –            –           –                  xiv

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

Background of the Study        –           –           –           –           –           –                          1-10

Statement of the Problem        –           –           –           –           –           –                           10-11

Aim and Objectives of the Study                   –           –           –           –           –              11

Scope of the Study     –           –           –           –           –           –           –                           12

Research Questions    –           –           –           –           –           –           –                           12

Significance of the Study       –           –           –           –           –           –                            12

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

Formation and Occurrence of Metal   –           –           –           –           –                       13-17

Identification and Location of Metal Bearing Rock   –           –           –                       17-19

Types of Metal            –           –           –           –           –           –           –                       19-22

Evolution of Blacksmithing-   –           –           –           –           –                                  22-29

Products of Early Blacksmithing        –           –           –           –           –                      30-31

Blacksmithing in the Middle Ages     –           –           –           –           –                       31-32

Blacksmithing in the New World       –           –           –           –           –                         32-33

Blacksmithing in Awka                   –          –           –          –          –                             33-35

Blacksmithing As Art                 –                –             –             –          –                       35-43

Tools needed for Blacksmithing         –           –           –           –           –                          43-56

Skill Acquisition Through the Apprenticeship Method     –         –             –           –     57-64

Challenges of Blacksmithing                  –           –            –                                           65-66

CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY  –         –       –         –              –                    67

Study Design      –              –              –              –              –              –              –              –                                    67

Area of the Study       –           –           –           –           –           –           –                            67-68

Population of the Study-         –           –           –           –           –           –           –                 68

Sample Size Sampling Technique –    –           –           –           –           –           –                 68

Research Instrument   –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –                  69

Method of   Administration of Instrument –            –           –           –                               69

Method of Data Analysis                            –           –             –             –               –            70

CHAPTER FOUR: Data Presentation, Analysis and Interpretation……………          71

The Origin and the History of Blacksmithing in Awka         …………………….         71-75

The Current State of Blacksmithing in Awka      ……………………..                          76-78

The Aesthetic and Art Qualities Found in Awka IronWork       …………..                    78-87

 

CHAPTER FIVE: Findings, Summary, Conclusion, Recommendations …… .             88

Summary of the Study        …………………………..                                                     88-89

Recommendations                       ……………………;……..                                             89

Limitations of the Study           ……………………………                                               89

Conclusions                              ……………………………                                             90

REFERENCES        ………………………………..                                                  91-100

APPENDIX 1            …………………………………..                                              101-121

APPENDIX 11         …………………………………..                                                122-123

 

IRONWORK AS A VEHICLE FOR PROMOTING ART IN AWKA, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

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