The Igbo people lived in Southeastern Nigeria. Achebe (the author of Things Fall Apart) was born in 1930 in Nigeria and had a multicultural upbringing, part of which was traditional Igbo culture. The Igbo people had a melodic and symphonic musical style. A popular instrument was the Udu (as show above). Udu in their language means vessel and was played by women, usually for some type of ceremony. The udu is still used today by percussionists for many different musical styles.