About Ndigbo - Page 2
Generally speaking the degree to which one's native tongue disintegrates or is disregarded or taken for granted tends to vary from place to place. In most conservative or culturally close-knit societies of the world, the degree is minimal. However, in most liberal societies such as the Igbo society, the degree is exponetial and manifests itself in an insatiable quest for knowledge and acceptance of foreign cultures, langauges and life style.
Since the early 1970s, the degree at which Ndigbo are being rapily detached from their rich native tongue and culture is disheartening. The tendency of Ndigbo to continually embrace and promote foreign ideals, philosophies and cultures while relegating theirs may be rooted in colonial brainwashing and deep rooted injustice as a result of loosing a war. Unfortunately, rather than fighting against practices which are unjust to their rich heritage and forward looking way of life, Ndigbo now tend to encourage the perpetuation evil amongst themselves
However, no other.self-imposed or inflicted injustice diluted their self pride more than the abandoment of their culture and language that in turn precipated the distortion of the natural language. As a result, English (Christian) names dubbed as passports to heaven are replacing meaningful indiginous and cultural names causing Ikechukwu to be subsituted with Iyke And as if mangling the names is not enough, authentic Igbo names of towns and villages that were deliberated mispelt to suit the colonialists still remain today without any political or cultural challege to revert to originality. Worthy of mention are Ọka" became Awka, Igbo became Ibo, Igboụzọ became Ibusa and Enugwu meaning the top of a mountain became Enugu.
With this trend escalating, one wonders about the extiction of Igbo language and the adverse effects it will have on Igbo-American or Igbo-Europeans. The confussion is heightened by the fact that even the Igbo children living in cities do not speak or hear the Igbo language, let alone understand the culture. Prosperity will judge Ndigbo who can survive in any adversity, or obtain impeccable academic accolades from foreign counties, if they let succumb to their wards born outside Igbo land to be foreigners instead of Ndigbo. In hinds sight if Latin which enriched science and the English language could be extintict, the perpertaual death of Igbo language and culture is at the corner if no radical movement takes place.
That radical movement should start from the Igbo family where ever they may be, especially now that vissionary leaders like Governor Peter Obi are promoting the langauge and culture through laudable scholarship programs in Anambra State.
The promotion of Igbo lngauge and culture is the bedrock upon which Native Tongue Academy instituted an online Igbo language instruction to assist parents to recharge their base and challenge it the collective growth of Igbo culture and unity through a langauge bridge. Ndigbo owe it to their children who by no fault of their own are suffocating in cultuarl "captivity or hostage" in alien customs and values. The tasjk ahead is not easy, and nobody should pretend that the situation wil improve its way without a dedication to hew success out of impending failures. Ndigbo are known to achieve major feats in life. But how can the achievement to speak a language given freely by God Almighty be left to chance.
Ndigbo should reshape priorities for the rededication to the immense tasking of bolstering the cultural beliefs and language to first generation Ndigbo, especially now they are on a long summer vacation. Armed with strong cultural identity and dignity, Igbo children willgrow with a new vigor with ideas and wisdom to thrust them into stellar magnitude and success. Let Ndigbo eschew schism or evasive attitudes that may be detracting to assume "Nwa m ka dị too young, imụ Igbo now". The time to give Igbo Children the greatest gift they wil ever need to succeed in a competitive world is NOW that we are still breathing. Start tody to dress them more with Igbo attire. Play and Dance Igbo music with the children. Above all encourage with Igbo words such sa "nwa m ezigbo ụtụtụ(Good morning, my child) and "Kedu ka imere?(How are you?).
If our parents studied without electricity and succeed or if our parents used the chalk board as the writing tablet, what first generation Ndigbo can learn within a twinkle of an idea is immaginable if the WILL POWER is there.
Are you ready to lead your children to the right part with the available online Igbo instructions by Native Tonue Academy. The instruction is family oriented because langauge as a Natural phenemenom starts first from parents. Children learn to speak by listening to their parents. The instructions are own 24/7. Therefore it is both time and money savings considering that sending the children Alaigbo will cost no less than a thousand dollars for travelling cost alone. Also sending a child from the North to South or Easy to West to learn Igbo langauge also costs a fortune. But within ten days when the "Igbo Online" is FREE, every family should be able to communicate with each other in Igbo Language. That's our aim and dream. Please help us make it happen.
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Last Updated (Thursday, 08 March 2012 05:17)