LANGUAGE OF FOLKTALES FOR SUSTAINABLE AFRICAN MORAL LIFE

Published: March, 2020

Author(s):

Onuora, Ngozi Theresa & Obiakor Ethel Ebere

About Author(s):

Department of Languages and Linguistics. Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike

Ebonyi State Nigeria

School of General Studies,  Department of Languages/Humanities

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri Imo State

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Abstract

Igbo society is one of the major ethnic groups in African Continent, precisely in Nigeria. The people were endowed with tradition and cultural traits in the past. The women derived joy in displaying folktales (akụkọ ifo) to their children and in such occasions, the people could make use of the three world- views; human world, spirit world and animal world to capture the interest of the children. Women then, had enough time to inculcate every aspect of moral obligation to maintain a peaceful society, though not gender sensitive. That was the time moon-light periods were very crucial to every Igbo woman. Then, there was little or no records on kidnapping, abduction or armed robbery due to the fear of nature by the people. Immediately the language of politics which was as a result of quest for power and riches penetrated into the minds of majority of Igbo women, these primary roles were left behind. In this contemporary society, most mothers are too busy with other things for economic reason. There are so much immoral characters everywhere in the contemporary society. Most youths are busy learning from media and smart phones. It is observed that pursuit for wealth by women has planted a very negative rapid change in Igbo society and Africa as a whole. The study will enlighten people to see why so many things are going wrong today. To achieve this, the researcher employs in-depth oral interview, observations and texts on oral literature.

 

Keywords: folktales, Igbo women, immorality, moral and politics