The Igbo people have a very rich and complex history. There is a lot of background related to the Ibo’s, like many er othcountries and tribes. The Igbo people have history and tradition that runs deep and has for a very long time. In relation to the Still I Rise poem, the Igbo people seem to have a bad reputation in the eyes of others, but that is not the truth of how the Igbo live their lives, despite the connotations they may have. Geographically, the Igbo homeland is located in two unequal sections, divided by the Niger river. Before European colonization, the Igbo people lived in autonomous local communities. They were not a united people, as they all lived separately. Most Igbo occupy villages of dispersed compounds. A compound is a cluster of huts, each a separate household. Members of the compound share a market and a meeting place. Trading, local crafts and wage labor are very important parts of the Igbo economy. The Igbo people have their own history and culture just like anybody else. Yet they have been perceived as less than or unequal, until they gained their freedom and independence from Europe. Maya Angelou stated something similar in her poem Still I Rise, showing that no matter the cruelty or negativity, everybody has the ability to overcome adversity. Before Nigeria was colonized, the Igbo people had no centralized system of government. Traditional Igbo political organization was based on a democratic system of government. Their government system was first witnessed by the Portuguese who arrived and met with the Igbo people in the 15th century. Igbo communities and area government were overwhelmingly ruled solely by a republican assembly of the common people. However, this system of government was not officially implemented until after colonization. The Igbo government before colonization yes, looked very similar to a republican ruled democracy, but this was not implemented as a rule until after European colonization. Before colonization, the government was primarily ruled by a council of lineage heads of influential and wealthy men. These men were usually the sons of previous men that had held a high place in the government. In the past, most Igbo people have been subsistence farmers, their staples including many things like yams, cassava and taro. As the Igbo people have grown and changed, so has their social status. A higher education and literacy rate has helped some of the Igbo people move up and gain a better reputation. This can be related back to the Maya Angelou poem in that the poem represents overcoming past social status and negative association with high self esteem and pride. The poem begins with “You may write me down in history / With your bitter, twisted lies” (Still I Rise) and can be directly related to the Igbo peoples history of oppression. The poem finishes with the lines ” I am the dream and the hope of the slave / I rise / I rise / I rise.” (Still I Rise) which symbolizes the Igbo’s overcoming their past reputation and proving they can be more than what people may believe them to be. The people of the Igbo tribe have quite a bit of history, some of which has not been translated in a positive way. Much like many other things in the past, Maya Angelou writes Still I Rise as a way to represent anyone and everyone that has been falsely oppressed or judged. The poem is able to relate to the Igbo peoples story because the Igbos were able to overcome the negative connotations that come with the stories of their history. They were written down in history, and they rose back up.