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Igbos Brainstorm On Ways Of Improving Culture, Norms, Values

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
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Stakeholders from the Southeastern part of the country have reiterated the needs for a collaborative effort with its entire people in rebuilding and repositioning the dying Igbo language, culture and tradition even as they called on wealthy ones and brains of their land to think-home.

These grey hairs and experts were unhappy with the present generation for sometimes shortchanging their true cultural identities or nomenclatures either as a result of external or internal forces, and further advised brethrens to shun discrimination against another due to individual differences and dialect diversities.

They also hinted on the significant of channeling their wealth of experiences, cash and kind on the adventures that could benefit the common man in the society before considering self.

In a separate interview with Orient Daily, some Monarchs, politicians and Captains of industry suggested various ways of improving the lives, culture and tradition of Igbos, urging both young and old people from the zone to make it a priority on their daily routine, stressing that individual contributory efforts in reawakening their culture is concomitant to industrial revolution, tourists attraction, massive economic and infrastructural development and investment galore in Nigeria (Southeast particularly).

According to HRH Igwe Alex Edoziuno, the Traditional Ruler of Aguleri-Out in Anambra East council area, Southeasterners should inculcate Igbo virtues and norms into their children and In-laws through speaking the language, staging events and festivity of cultural importance such as Ofalla Festival, Iri-Ji and others to ensure its sustainability now and in the future, even as he charged his people at home and abroad to be a good ambassador of the tribe by assisting in circulating and restructuring its aged long prides as legally.

Also speaking, the Traditional Ruler of Umuonyia, Orumba South local government area, HRH Igwe P.N Onyeadike lambasted those who sheer aware from Igbo cultural activities in order not to be pleaded for a sponsorship, beckoned people from the zone to return home and invest on the future of their teeming population, succumb to mystery of giving as “a give never lack, and a giver forges ahead, always on top even while his peers are struggling to survive”.

On his part, An Abuja-based Politician, Owelle Uzodinma Chukwemeka, claimed that every Igbo man who maintains his true identity without masquerading leads while others follow, adding also that culture and tradition solidifies people's mentality, cement relationships and mutual understanding between and among nations or companies for socio-economic growth.

While Hon. Patrick Udoba, the Vice-Chairman (North) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra state chapter and the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Enugu state, Chief Eric Ebe explained that the importance of culture could not be over-emphasized, enjoining the youths to cue-into it to forestall its extinction as proposed by UNO sometimes ago.