This collection is inspired by Ogene, a musical instrument but also a tool used by the town cryer to call for gatherings in Igbo communities of eastern Nigeria.
The Ogene is a gong or bell which is commonly used as a “master instrument” in a bell orchestra in Igboland of Nigeria. It is an instrument of the struck idiophone class and is made of iron by specialist local blacksmiths.
The bell has a flattish, conical shape, and is hollow inside. Ogene comes in different sizes and could be single, double (ogene mkpi abuo) or tripple (ogene mkpi ato).
The sound itself comes from the vibration of the iron body when struck with a wooden striker.
Ogene is usually the first instrument played by Igbo children. This might be because of its popularity and simplicity. There is also a unique music genre called the Ogene music, this is predominantly common in the Enugu region of eastern Nigeria.
The Ogene music, although a traditional music has found its way to the modern day Afrobeats genre.
At Akuko, we aspire to tell stories of our cultures, legacies and values. We are on a mission to explore how our identities are forged over time by our journeys and experiences - the afro diasporan perspective.
With the help of the Ogene we call you all to our various platforms to have these conversations just as the town crier calls for gatherings in our ancestral home.
Our people shall gather at the sound of the Ogene!
With each pair of socks comes a story card with a poem about Ogene written by the Nigerian writer Marvel Chukwudi Pephel.