International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

An Empirical Investigation of Attitudes and Beliefs toward the Resurgence of Traditional Titles and Honors among the Igbos
Emmanuel Uwalaka

Using a proportionate stratified sample of 300 titled and non-titled respondents this study was conducted to tap into their attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of the proliferation of title taking in Igboland. Major questions of interest included: “who are traditional title holders?” “Why do individuals seek titles?” “Why do chiefs award such titles? “Should titles be given to ‘diaspora’ Igbos and foreigners?” An overwhelming majority of the respondents “agree” (85.2percent) vs. “disagree” (14.8 percent) that many people are taking traditional titles. Some respondents (44.5 percent) believe traditional rulers award titles “For economic gain;” A smaller number (25.3 percent) believe “It increases their status.” On awarding titles to Igbos in diaspora, 56.9 percent “oppose” while 43.1 percent “favor.” This study calls for efforts at conceptualizing the institution of title taking, and a more systematic understanding of the most important factors that make people seek titles.

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