Open Letter To Igbo Parents — You Are Losing Your Kids To Western Culture

By Obindigbo December 2, 2015 05:02

Many Igbos have been traveling outside Nigeria for quite some time for leisure, business, and education. Through many of those years, cultural identity was not an issue because the African communities were transitory. Many people did not even come with their families. Many Igbos did not want to live far away from home for long. This mind-set is reflected in a Igbo proverb that says, “Ama ka ije oje mba si di, O ga-anariri ” “No matter how pleasant and enjoyable your sojourn abroad has been, you must return home

But in the last couple of decades, more and more Igbo people have been migrating permanently to the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. Due to unbearable economic and political conditions in their home countries, they have been making their homes and raising their families in western world. The feeling these days is expressed in this Igbo saying that contrasts sharply to the earlier one: “Ala bu otu” implying “Home is wherever you find life in abundance.”

The Igbos settling outside Igboland have had to deal with a sense of cultural dislocation, as a result of being immersed in a varied and very different cultural environment. Igbo descendants express a common passion for passing on their language & culture to their children, for the sake of posterity and to give their children a deep sense of identity and high level of self esteem. Ndi-Igbo
Obvious in all these efforts is that Igbo people are striving to provide their younger generation with cultural roots that will hold them firmly, help them grow, and give them a sense of identity, which many believe has helped them cope with the difficult transition to life in America and other parts of the world.

Igbo people believe in strong family and cultural ties. We believe that one day we’ll return home. We want our children or foreign spouse to be able to fit into our Igbo community when we return home. Hence, we have the desire to teach them about the Igbo culture, especially those aspects that have to do with the etiquette of respect for elders, eating in public, greetings, mannerism and dress code.

A person’s language constitutes a big part of his/her identity.

Language is a tool of communication, and not segmentation

If you have no language, you have no culture,

Preserving Your Heritage Language is the key to preserving your next generation, giving your child a true sense of identity and a high level of self esteem.” – Dunu Okigbo

We as Igbos believe that by teaching our children our culture we will one day go back to our fatherland triumphantly. Igbo parents abroad are very busy and industrious people. They continually faces the challenges of creating the time and knowing the technique to help teach their kids to understand, speak, read and appreciate Igbo language and culture.

Igbo parents abroad urgently need to “rescue” their next generation from being lost due to lack of language and cultural transfer. They need external help to achieve this lofty goal. They need to have an interactive and entertaining educational multimedia that will teach their Kids Igbo language and culture in the “context” of what their kids are used to in this western world.

We can do it only if we believe we can!

Igbo kwezuenu!!!!
Written by Dunu Okigbo



By Obindigbo December 2, 2015 05:02