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


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.

Share and Cite:

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.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Achebe, C. (1964). Arrow of God. London: Heineman Educational Books.
[2] Amadi, E. (1982). Ethics in Nigerian culture. Ibadan: H. E. B.
[3] Asouzu, I. (2007). Ibuaru: The heavy burden of philosophy, beyond African philosophy. London: Transaction Publishers.
[4] Azenabor, G. E. (1998). Understanding the problems of African philosophy. Lagos: First Academic Publishers.
[5] Dukor, M. (2010). African freedom, the freedom of philosophy. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
[6] Gideon International (1899). New Testament Holy Bible. Tennessee: Gideon Publications.
[7] Igwe, G. E. (1986). Onye turu Ikoro waa ya eze (A book of Igbo Proverbs). Ibadan: Ibadan University Press Ltd.
[8] Momoh, C. S. (2000). Philosophy in African proverbs. Auchi: African Philosophy Projects Publications.
[9] Nwadike, U. I. (1998). The role of Igbo language in enhancing national development. In O. Arohunmolase (Ed.), Nigerian languages for National development and unity. Ibadan: Lolyem Communication.
[10] Nwala, U. (1985). Igbo philosophy. Lagos: Literamend Publication).
[11] Okafor, R. (2001). The wisdom of my elders (1001 Imezi Owa proverbs). Enugu: New Generation Books.
[12] Olu, O. K. (2007). All humans are humans: Human nature and the demystification of differences in the globalised world. A Lecture Delivered at the University of Abuja on the Occasion of the 2007 UNESC World Philosophy Day, 15 November 2007.
[13] Oluwole, S. B. (1999). Philosophy and oral traditions. Lagos: Ark Publications.
[14] Phanuel, A. E. (2002). Chinua achebe: Pure and simple (An oral biography). Lagos: Malthouse Press Ltd.

Copyright © 2024 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.