Ogba View of Cosmogony

Posted On 23 Dec 2010
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 The Ogba ancestors divided the earth into two parts, which they called Oru” and Igmo respectively. By the former term, Ogbas referred to riverine people. By the latter, they meant inhabitants of the hinterland. Both parts represented to them the whole world, which they called “Oruligmo” that is, “Oru” and “Igmo” an idiom still current in Ogba. When an Ogba says Oruligmo, he means all the earth, all human beings. Who would object when Oruligmo have accepted?
Who would venture when they have declined? The general attitudes and customs of Ogbas themselves appear to be more Oru than Igmo, though the local tongue is now obviously more Igmo than Oru. Indeed the traditional customs are clearly derived from both sources. For example, the proud and graceful owu masquerade and asawa dances have their origin in Oru; whereas the troublesome, though, mysterious and powerful Okorosu, comes from igmo and speaks nkaba (a deeper word for Igmo) in a haughty, deathlike manner, through his nose, like the ghost that it is supposed to be!

 From their attitude and customs, Ogbas appear to believe that they occupy a central position in the world, between Oru and Igmo, from where they survey all the activities of mankind, and mock, praise, deride, appreciate or emulate them as the occasion demands. Some of the customs create the vague impression of people standing between the living and the dead, or between paradise and hell, or between the devil and the deep blue sea.









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  1. Pietro

    So is until the oyibo say they don’t want to come, that’s when we know we have a problem.I don’t raelly care if they come or not bcos it’s too much spending inviting American artists. All that money can go into smth else. I can’t wait, when Naijas esp the youths will stand up against the government. Like TUnisia, Egypt, etc. Then the right people, not the rebels but the right leaders will step in. Did I read somewhere that Buhari want to run 2013 again?I hope by then, all the bad belle old leaders would have vanished from earth.

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