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By Emma Umana Clasberry

ISBN-10: 1450068359

ISBN-13: 9781450068352

"Proverbs are abbreviated yet entire statements which exhibit our proposal with dignity and precision. they're rules of lifestyles and supply advice to our day-by-day stroll in parts of relationships with different humans, actual nature resembling animals and vegetation, non secular phenomena and different non-spiritual components within the universe. Proverbs provide us a few encouragement and wish once we are susceptible and in depression and suppose hopeless. they provide us phrases of admonition, caution and redirection once we fall or derail as we trip via lifestyles. within the face of threatening lifestyles stumble upon, we will be able to invoke acceptable proverb to recharge our braveness, strength and power in an effort to squarely confront a given scenario. we will additionally practice a proverb and act it out to get the simplest out of a delightful or grotesque state of affairs. even if we're ambivalent a couple of sure event, there's constantly a note of knowledge to invoke and act therefore to accomplish the anticipated end result. we will be able to hopefully use those clever sayings provided that we all know and comprehend their meanings. it's even higher if we all know their origins. another way, the proverb can confuse us the extra and realizing the message they meant to show may also elude us.
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 in simple terms shop their strength yet supplied vividness, brevity and strength to the assumption or idea they tried to articulate. They have been in a position to transmit this knowledge from iteration to iteration via oral background, that's, via phrases of mouth, until eventually lately. The oral procedure sustained us for thus lengthy in part simply because some time past, kids and grandchildren caught round their mom and dad and grandparents lengthy sufficient 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 inner most conversations was once an index of excessive intelligence and knowledge, and the speaker was once held in excessive esteem locally. It used to be a resource of satisfaction and honor for and conferred dignity at the speaker to boot.

This paintings comes out of my drawback that this oral approach may perhaps at some point soon in heritage stop to be as potent 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 for wasting this element of our wisdom heritage is drawing close. listed below are a few of my purposes for pondering this fashion: (1) brand new formative years depart their parent’s domestic to pursue their schooling after which to employment in towns. by way of so doing, the quantity of time for the adolescence to take care of common touch with their mom and dad and elders from whom they can have realized those clever sayings is decreased. (2) a few of them go away their nation of foundation at smooth a long time to international locations with various tradition, whereas others are born in overseas international locations. sometimes, either mom and dad and youngsters are born outdoor 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 supply nor transmit to their young ones what they don't have or be aware of, no matter if the kids are round them as much as maturity. (4) Many, particularly one of the discovered, are inclined to lack curiosity in protecting even the features 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. this can be a mental feeling which demeans something concerning one’s ethnic tradition and hails what's overseas, irrespective 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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