Tales, Traits, and Proverbs of a Traditional African Culture in Transition

by Inno Chukuma Onwueme, Malije Onwueme



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/3/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781728300245
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781728300269
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781728300252

About the Book

How does a rich and vibrant traditional culture cope with the onslaughts of the modern era? The Enuani people, inhabiting the four Aniocha/Oshimili local government areas in Nigeria, have a proud legacy of culture and tradition. Yet, they struggle with issues of identity and political place, while some aspects of their culture are threatened by modernity. Through tales and essays, ENUANI explores the impact of modernity on the rich culture of the Enuani people, while attempting to archive, document, and preserve the culture. This multi-layered book delves into issues of Enuani traits, religion, language, marriage/divorce, womanhood, jurisprudence, food systems, and personal attitudes. The book then digs even deeper into the culture by listing and analyzing over ten dozen Enuani proverbs. Each proverb is first rendered in Enuani dialect. It is then translated and dissected for its literal and figurative meanings, with examples and commentary on appropriate situations for the use of the proverb. No prior familiarity with Enuani language/culture is assumed. This analysis clearly demonstrates the role of proverbs as a window on Enuani culture, and serves as an example that is applicable to other cultures. ENUANI provides the necessary cultural insight for Enuani and non-Enuani people alike. It is essential reading for people all over the world with Enuani affiliations or with an academic interest in peoples, anthropology and ethnography. How does all this apply to your own culture and ethnicity? Read ENUANI to find out. Get informed. Get inspired.

About the Author

Prof. Inno Chukuma Onwueme has deep roots in Enuani. Both his parents were from Enuani, and he spent all of his childhood living in various rural villages in Enuani. Yet, he was propelled to an eclectic cosmopolitan life, eventually attaining the posts of professor/provost at major American universities. Author of 14 books, he has lived in seven countries on four continents, visited some 60 countries, and repeatedly served as a consultant scientist to the United Nations on issues of Sustainability and global agriculture. He speaks six languages: two African, three European, and one Asia/Pacific. Yet, through all this global exposure, Dr. Onwueme has retained his enthusiasm for his roots in Enuani culture. This book is clear evidence that his global insights can enrich the perspectives of the Enuani people. He resides near Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Malije Onwueme also has both parents of Enuani origin. She is fluent in the Enuani language and conversant with its culture. She is a practicing dentist with specialty board certification in Pediatric Dentistry. She is passionate about promoting and preserving Enuani culture.