Da'alu maka aziza gi (thanks for your response)!
About Igbos and Igbo culture: Its time for those that are knowledgeable, and that care for the Igbos to come together, and educate Igbo leadership about the urgent need to start teaching Igbos Omenana Igbo in primary, secondary, and tertiary schools.If this step is not taken NOW, there won't be anything to salvage in the very near future. The colonialists/missionaries succeeded too well. They taught Igbo children that eventually grew into adults that Igbo culture is pagan, and because the Igbos are Israelites who have an instinctive fear of paganism, the Igbos grew to fear, and hate their culture. And consequently grew to fear and hate themselves.
About the Igbos and the Jews: The 'educated' Igbos are not pulling their weight in finding out who we are. Available evidence points seriously to an Israelite ancestry, but because some of us are 'educated' we became too proud to accept that the 'great' Igbo people came from the Jews. Really this is tragic, because as we Igbos ourselves have in an important saying: 'onye a ma ho ebe mmiri bido r' mawa ya adaho ama ebe o madeber' ya (he who lacks knowledge of where he's coming from will not know where to go). (forgive my Ozubulu dialect). A rough account of the Igbos' oddyssey proves the truth of this saying. We have generally degenerated, while the competing Yorubas have hurtled forward almost into a developed status. In the '80s they had 6 universities, and we had 5. Today they have over 50, and we have 9. The Hausa/Fulanis are also strategizing. I have carefully studied and analyzed why the Igbos have as a people failed. We have failed because the 'education' that the colonialists/missionaries gave us programmed us to refuse to find out who we are, and to behave as He who created us asked us to behave.
I have written several books about the Igbos ancestry. I urge Igbos to study, study, and study.
About Igbo music: A Jewish film-maker's comment about Igbo music opened up my eyes about the great opportunities that lie before we Igbos only if we can pause and listen. He studies what some persons call native music. He heard Igbo music, and wrote that this 'music' can heal sicknesses. I began to study Igbo music seriously, and discovered that its part of our medicine.
Thank you for providing an answer to the question that set out the article on Introduction to Igbo Medicine. Since publishing this article in the website and Journals, I have been overwhelmed by the continous response readers give it. I count on it as an eye-opening contribution as some readers described it as well as a new direction to re-examine Igbo culture and its resources in a changing world. Students, I have been told, are using the effort to rethink Igbo culture and healthcare pragmatics in Nigeria.
I really appreciate your goodwill, and also for giving me the clue to google you and therefore read some of your work on Igbo and the Jews, history and settlement.
All the best,
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remy ilona <email@example.com> wrote:
Nobody Wants to Write in this Area; Why?
ANSWER: Everybody avoids this area even though it holds solutions to most igbo problems, because the forces arraigned against the IGBOS; FROM THE INSTITUTIONS PLANTED BY THE COLONIALISTS TO THE ONES THE IGBOS NAIVELY BORROWED FROM OUTSIDE, HAVE BRAINWASHED THE IGBOS TO SEE NOTHING GOOD IN THEIR CULTURE AND THEMSELVES ANYMORE.
THE CONSEQUENCE-A PEOPLE HELD IN DISDAIN IN NIGERIA TODAY.
REMY ILONA-A LITTLE ABOUT ME CAN BE FOUND THROGH GOOGLE SEARCH.
THANKS FOR CARING FOR THE IGBOS.