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... sometimes solving one problem begets another. #Igbo culture most laudably seems to be pushed by those in diaspora, as seen on the social media. However, 90% of what is shown is mainly #masquerading and #dances. Very beautiful. Moreover, there is need to emphasis other aspects
Like marriage, farming, food, poetry, arts & crafts, industry, commerce, architecture etc. There has been a great awakening; most nostalgia and sometimes, a relapse because one can't compete with global trends. Idolatry is on the increase pitched unto 'say' Omenala, our #culture.
African Traditional #Religion (ATR) especially as practiced by ndi Igbo was just a tip of the iceberg about their culture. It was the culture of a typical Igbo person not to go hungry, as such manliness, was measured by the number of yam tubers one had in his barn and other #farm
products like ede. The place of their women in ensuring abundance of #food during planting/harvest can never be over emphasized. There was little or nothing to buy from the market to prepare a meal, as everything was in the house, and they ate #organic. Edible plants like onugbu,
oha, ugu, utazi, nchuanwu etc formed set of fences or cluttered in #gardens. Melon was hardly bought from #market, because no one ever finishes a yearly harvest of this over yielding #cucurbitaceae including pumpkin and the rest. Itu egwusi (cracking melon) was a way of #relaxing
Time was never wasted. One can rest while peeling #egwusi, #stories were told upon that. Friends were welcomed, with bringing some bowls to work on and so on. To prepare sweet #onugbu or egwusi soup, just little ingredients may be sourced from elsewhere. The #foofoo with which
to say farewell through Esophagus Street was made from cassava. Variables and varieties of 'mgbaduga' were always in stock: garri, alibo, akpu, nri oka, nri ji etc. Every child before his or her teens, knew how to process and prepare our cuisines. Our #crudeoil was the #palm tree
The diaspora's effort will be complimented should they also emphasis on the generality of our culture, instead of what seems to be a #fixation or #infatuation on a part. As stated in my first #premise, "... sometimes solving one #problem begets another." There are problems o!
A number of our youth are going into #cultism which is often brewed by #Omenala, fermented in the shrines and escalated by idleness. Here becomes tryst for the worthless elements, who refused to #study, #work or do #apprentice. They sag, do weed, dreadlocks, go dirty and vulgar.
Do they even know our Omenala?
When some of our brothers and sisters come home from Obodo Oyibo, they often talk #utopic in their #nostalgia, fueling a cyclic or redundant grips on culture as if one travels back to yesterday. As if time isn't dynamic. As if they are unaware of
the level of education they have attained, or exposure and interaction with learned people or at least people who are bound by laws. They buy drinks for our boys, traditional #musical instruments, institute more shrines etc before flying back. Back to countries that have laws...
basic amenities, access to bare necessities of life, #education, #electricity, good road, #security etc. In the long run, what are we left with? Does one eat his culture? Do these put food on the table? Do you love culture more than the Chinese? What is it they do differently?
What's it Ghana & Rwanda do differently? We seem like athletes who because we've been outran, ran back instead of trudging on. In the past feast was thrown for one who bought a bicycle. We seem ensconced in those past, that we pretend not to hear of #AI, #STEM, #electriccars etc
This tread wishes to provoke a dialogue, proffer solution to the increasing insecurity brewing in our villages once known for their tranquility. In fine, our Omenala must find a pride of place in #science & #technology, the baton which our forefathers handed over to us as culture
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