International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Igbo Proverbs as Embodiments of Igbo-African Philosophy
Kanu, Ikechukwu Anthony, OSA

This research studied the relationship between Igbo proverbs and the Igbo-African Philosophy. It began by studying the historical cultural roots of the Igbo people and the meaning and nature of Igbo proverbs. It further studied the nature of Igbo-African philosophy and the philosophicality of Igbo proverbs. Using the historical, expository and critical methods of enquiry, this piece discovered that Igbo proverbs are cultivated as an art and cherished as an index of good oratory and acquaintance with traditional knowledge and ancestral wisdom. It further discovered that when Igbo proverbs are understood beyond the literal and contextual meanings, it embodies within itself Igbo-African philosophy.

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