By Emma Umana Clasberry
those African-Ibibio proverbs depict how observant our ancestors have been approximately nature, and their wisdom of and closeness to it. Our nice grandparents used the proverbs successfully and effectively simply because they knew their meanings. utilizing them didn't basically keep their power yet supplied vividness, brevity and strength to the belief or notion they tried to articulate. They have been capable of transmit this knowledge from new release to iteration via oral heritage, that's, through phrases of mouth, until eventually lately. The oral process sustained us for thus lengthy in part simply because long ago, childrens and grandchildren caught round their mom and dad and grandparents lengthy sufficient to benefit from them. one more reason is that the more youthful generations have been additionally drawn to studying them. on the time, utilizing loads of proverbs in one’s speeches in social conferences and in deepest conversations used to be an index of excessive intelligence and knowledge, and the speaker used to be held in excessive esteem in the neighborhood. It was once a resource of satisfaction and honor for and conferred dignity at the speaker in addition.
This paintings comes out of my crisis that this oral strategy may perhaps sooner or later in heritage stop to be as potent as earlier than in passing those phrases of knowledge directly to destiny generations of Ibibio little kids. If those clever sayings proceed to stay unwritten, the potential of wasting this element of our wisdom heritage is drawing close. listed below are a few of my purposes for pondering this manner: (1) latest early life depart their parent’s domestic to pursue their schooling after which to employment in towns. through so doing, the volume of time for the adolescence to take care of typical touch with their mom and dad and elders from whom they can have realized those clever sayings is lowered. (2) a few of them go away their kingdom of foundation at delicate a long time to international locations with assorted tradition, whereas others are born in overseas international locations. every now and then, either mom and dad and kids are born open air their cultural environments. (3) If mom and dad themselves have no idea a lot of those clever sayings, not to mention use them, they can't provide nor transmit to their young ones what they don't have or recognize, whether the kids are round them as much as maturity. (4) Many, in particular one of the realized, are likely to lack curiosity in protecting even the beneficial properties in their ethnic cultures, in part simply because they don't know or be afflicted by what A.J. A. Esen describes in his Ibibio Profile as “Ours-Is-Bad” and the “Foreign is sweet” syndrome. it is a mental feeling which demeans something relating one’s ethnic tradition and hails what's overseas, irrespective of how filthy and obnoxious the latter is.
Unlike many Ibibio people of my age or older, i used to be blessed with mom and dad who had a mastery of those proverbs and
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African Culture Through Proverbs by Emma Umana Clasberry