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ERIC Number: EJ790148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Selected Ika Proverbs: Their Aesthetics and Contexts of Usage
Egede, Canon Benji
Education, v127 n4 p600-608 Sum 2007
The thrust of the paper is the contention that, in their general application, proverbs are to be understood as a communal property. In specific terms, however, and as Isidore Okpewho, in African Oral Literature... (1992) affirms, "every proverb must have started its life as the product of the genius of an individual oral artist. But it becomes appropriated by the people at large because it contains a truth about life by them and appeals to their imagination by the neatness and beauty in which it has been framed" (226). Selected proverbs from among the people of the Ika ethnic nationality in the South-South geo-political axis of the Nigerian state shall be used for analysis, to justify the point made in the foregoing that a proverbial communication cannot be divorced from its referent communal or ethnic consciousness. Considered alongside their aesthetics or literary qualities and occasions of usage, Ika proverbs have, over the years, remained a vibrant form of oral literary expression among the people. All in all, they have become a veritable instrument for the transmission of the culture, as well as the manners and ideas of the Ika people of Delta state and their kith and kin from Edo State, from one generation to another.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria