MY LIFE IN IBADAN - EPP 8


In one of the episodes I wrote on 'my life in Ibadan', I spoke on how Ibadan people have managed effortlessly to retain their culture and traditions to some extent. They have also tried to keep their language at arms length. Most Ibadan kids are always acquainted with the Yoruba Language and not just the simple, express language, they understand the proverbs and deep things that make their own kind of Yoruba quite unique.

This is good but at the same time, there are some of their culture and traditions that they are yet to dispose. They still believe deeply in their roots. I was talking with an Ibadan friend of mine one day who wasn't feeling fine and the following conversation ensued

   'So, you aren't feeling fine. I am sorry about that. Have you taken any drugs?'

   'Well, I might take but it is important I take the one that will bring my body together'

   'Like what? Paracetamol or Panadol? Or better still, divine healing is the best'

    'Yes, Grace but there is still one that our fathers left for us that we must not fail to take'

    'Which father? And what did your fathers leave for you'

    He - he - he, Grace. I am talking of local herbs. As we are taking doctor's own, we must also take local herbs. That is the main and true thing'

The good thing is that Ibadan people are getting schooled already but nevertheless, they always tend to keep their history. They value their roots a lot and it would be hard disposing it. There are some of the Christians whom as they are asking God to save them, they are also asking Sango to deliver them. They are mixing religion with tradition. They are holding steadfastly to what they have been trained to believe even after their salvation which is quite dangerous. This accounts for the high rate of African traditional activities in this area such as practise and belief in gods, herbalists and witchcraft.

It is good not to throw your culture aside but nevertheless, once we are in Christ, we are a new creature and we should learn to sieve the culture that is in contrast with the word of God so that we don't practise a corrupted Christianity. The Ibadan people take religion very seriously - both Christians, Muslims and traditionalists but they are not absolutely committed to their religion as they tend to practise dual religionism - Christianity and a bit of traditionalist induction, Islam and a bit of traditionalist induction.

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