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 accurately simply because they knew their meanings. utilizing them didn't purely store their power yet supplied vividness, brevity and strength to the belief or suggestion they tried to articulate. They have been in a position to transmit this knowledge from new release to iteration via oral background, that's, by way of phrases of mouth, until eventually lately. The oral process sustained us for therefore lengthy in part simply because long ago, teenagers and grandchildren caught round their mom and dad and grandparents lengthy adequate to profit from them. one more reason is that the more youthful generations have been additionally attracted 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 was once held in excessive esteem locally. It was once a resource of satisfaction and honor for and conferred dignity at the speaker besides.
This paintings comes out of my situation that this oral strategy could sooner or later in background stop to be as powerful as sooner 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 background is approaching. listed here are a few of my purposes for considering this manner: (1) contemporary adolescence depart their parent’s domestic to pursue their schooling after which to employment in towns. via so doing, the quantity of time for the formative years to keep up normal touch with their mom and dad and nuclear family elders from whom they can have discovered those clever sayings is decreased. (2) a few of them depart their state of beginning at smooth a while to nations with diverse tradition, whereas others are born in overseas international locations. at times, 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 cannot provide nor transmit to their youngsters what they don't have or be aware of, whether the youngsters are round them as much as maturity. (4) Many, specifically one of the discovered, are likely to lack curiosity in holding even the good points 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 bearing on one’s ethnic tradition and hails what's international, regardless of how filthy and obnoxious the latter is.
Unlike many Ibibio folks 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