Philosophy in Indigenous Igbo Proverbs: Cross-Cultural Media for Education in the Era of Globalization

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Abstract

It is common knowledge among people of Igbo descent that indigenous Igbo proverbs play vital roles in speech, communication and exchange of knowledge and ideas among them. However, what may be uncommon knowledge is the fact that philosophy is the basic ingredient that savours Igbo proverbs with the taste for fertilizing ideas across cultural divides. With philosophy inherent in them, indigenous Igbo proverbs readily present itself as a cross-cultural media for educating people of African and non-African descents on the events, achievements, myths and realities of especially the people of Igbo descent. This paper examines the philosophy of some indigenous Igbo proverbs. The paper concludes that indigenous Igbo proverbs, rich in philosophy, is the surest way of educating people of other descents about the realities of the Igbo people. They are better ways of countering fallacies and rumors emanating from foreign historians and foreign media about Igbo land in particular and Africa in general. Hence, they are veritable cross-cultural media with inexhaustible resources which need to be further explored.

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Onwuchekwa, O. (2013). Philosophy in Indigenous Igbo Proverbs: Cross-Cultural Media for Education in the Era of Globalization. Open Journal of Philosophy, 3, 218-221. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A036.

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