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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Ekwuonam this thing before. O'di nnukwu mwute that na we Igbos anaghi e'pay attention to our language. Let me tell you nke bu eziokwu, a people na anaghi adi proud of their language nwere nnukwu nsogbu. O'di difficult ndiahu i'survive as a people. It is not a joking matter, m'obu ihe eji egwuri egwu. The situation a dila critical, nke na, etu osiri wee di ugbua, ufodu na ele anya na in 40 years mobu 50 years na bia n'ihu, that, a ga akwusi isu Igbo kpam-kpam. God forbid! Tuffiakwa!
Owee buru ya, Umuigbo, yabu ichi eruola n'odu anya. A ga emenu ihe nkaa gini-nee!?
I chekie the situation ofuma, i ga ahu na o'di critical. Kedu nke bu na otutu nime anyi ga ano ndu, ma our great language bu Igbo-Gbajiri-Igwe, oburu na o'disappearla n'efu? Onye ka ana koro that rubbish?
O bu my humble contention that na, first of all, onye obula ga ewere ire ya guba eze ya onu. Nkaa suppose-iri i bido taata, not tomorrow. This night, onye nabaa ura, ya juo onweya one question: Kedu ihe make-iri ya difficult gi bu nw'afo Igbo isu your language? Elee ih'oo? What is actually the problem? O'bu ihere na aga asi na imaghi akwukwo? O'bu na Igbo adighi uto na nti? Ka o'bu na aga asi n'ibu a pagan? K'obu na Igbo ezughi ihe ichoro ikwu?
Achoghi'm anybody i'projecti the problem to another person, or ikowa theories. Ihe'm choro bu, juo gi'onwegi the question. Searchia your mind thoroughly, and oburu na ichoputa an answer as pertains to you, i'share-ya with us.
From the research emegoro, enwere quite a few explanations. Mana, the most important factor bu: Anyinwa n'onweanyi. English a burula anyi status symbol. The way and manner anyi si wee a'pursue Western education and values abughi for any purpose na abughi ka our status wee rise'a. It was all about status. Therefore, ndi di educated na ahu isu Igbo as a negative trait, ya bu, ihe ana achodighi acho at all. Ndi ozo na adighi educated na strive ka ha meetie up, by i'neglecti Igbo, and na a'try'i ka ha na akusa English anyhow.
In Igbo land, oburugodu Eze na achi obodo, nke o'bu ya di responsible for culture na omenala, ikpaya aka n'onu, ihe ga aputa there bu: One Igbo word, 10 English words. Anaghi ekwuzi maka ndi Dr., Master's, Bachelor's, Chief enu na Chief ala - otu ije ahu! Ndia bu ndi o'supposiri na Igbo ga eji their light wee na aga. Owee buru na ndia a'passitaghi anything. What a pity!
Kedunu ka anyi ga esi wee reverse-ia this shameful and dangerous trend? Eji'm ohere'a wee na call on all sons and daughters of Igbo, na all Igbo forums, ka ha tinye okwu'a onu. O'ga aba uru m'oburu na your contribution adi personal, that is, etu osi metu gi n'obi. Anyi achoghi to intellectualise the matter. Let us confess to our brethren, mee nkwuputa ga abara anyi uru.
Another thing: ihe'a ana akpo "Ingiligbo", personally, kedu plan etu inwerike wee reduce-ie the intensity? To be honest, onwe ka the thing si a'soundi stupid na nti in real life; in fact, onwere ebe a na suruo that Ingiligbo, odizie ka onyeahu obu onye iberibe. And o'o ihe obu.
However, o'matter'ghi ma izara ajuju'a na Ingiligbo, ma izara ya n'Igbo kara-aka, ma obukwa na Queen's English, ihe digodi mkpa ugbua bu ka anyi ghota onweanyi. Ka anyi mara where our experiences di similar, na ebe ha di different; ka anyi choputa godi ebe mmiri'a si wee baa n'opi ugboguru. A'dina inhibited. O'ga dikwa worthwhile, ma oburu na otu-onye e were this write-up, degharia ya n'Igbo zuru ezu, etu osiri kwesi. Any takers?
Ngwa nwannem, o set'iela.
THE IGBO RANT
BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF NDI IGBO BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA* IGBO 101.
THE IGBO TRIBE AND ITS FEAR OF EXTINCTION
The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities
Written by Emeka Maduewesi
~on fb. 28th September, 2016.
The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.
The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.
In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.
Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.
In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.
The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.
Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.
The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.
The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.
The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.
This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.
RT. HON. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE TO DR. CHUBA OKADIGBO (1981)
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