By Emma Umana Clasberry

"Proverbs are abbreviated yet entire statements which express our concept with dignity and precision. they're ideas of lifestyles and supply assistance to our day-by-day stroll in components of relationships with different humans, actual nature similar to animals and crops, religious phenomena and different non-spiritual components within the universe. Proverbs provide us a few encouragement and wish after we are susceptible and in depression and suppose hopeless. they offer us phrases of admonition, caution and redirection after we fall or derail as we trip via existence. within the face of threatening existence come upon, we will be able to invoke applicable proverb to recharge our braveness, power and power so one can squarely confront a given scenario. we will be able to additionally observe 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 few yes adventure, there's constantly a observe of knowledge to invoke and act therefore to accomplish the anticipated final result. we will optimistically use those clever sayings provided that we all know and comprehend their meanings. it really is even greater if we all know their origins. in a different way, the proverb can confuse us the extra and figuring out the message they meant to exhibit 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 correctly simply because they knew their meanings. utilizing them didn't basically store their power yet supplied vividness, brevity and strength to the belief or suggestion they tried to articulate. They have been capable of transmit this knowledge from iteration to new release via oral historical past, that's, through phrases of mouth, until eventually lately. The oral strategy sustained us for therefore lengthy partially simply because long ago, childrens 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 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 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 crisis that this oral approach may possibly sooner or later in background stop to be as powerful as earlier than in passing those phrases of knowledge directly to destiny generations of Ibibio little children. If those clever sayings proceed to stay unwritten, the potential for wasting this element of our wisdom historical past is drawing close. listed here are a few of my purposes for considering this fashion: (1) latest formative years go away their parent’s domestic to pursue their schooling after which to employment in towns. by way of so doing, the volume of time for the early life to keep up commonplace touch with their mom and dad and elders from whom they can have discovered those clever sayings is diminished. (2) a few of them depart their kingdom of beginning at soft a while to nations with diverse tradition, whereas others are born in international international locations. occasionally, either mom and dad and youngsters 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 supply nor transmit to their childrens what they don't have or recognize, no matter if the kids are round them as much as maturity. (4) Many, particularly one of the realized, are likely to lack curiosity in maintaining even the gains in their ethnic cultures, partially 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 concerning one’s ethnic tradition and hails what's international, regardless of how filthy and obnoxious the latter is.

Unlike many Ibibio individuals 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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