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Title:An African oral literature and the socialization of the youth: the case of Igbo child-proverbs
Author:Nwachukwu-Agbada, J.O.J.
Periodical:Frankfurter afrikanistische Blätter
Geographic term:Nigeria
traditional education
Abstract:This article shows the way in which the Igbo of Nigeria use proverbs, especially 'child-proverbs', meant to advance the social and intellectual enrichment of the growing child. The child-proverb originally must have been a product of the effort by an elder person to relate to a younger person with the purpose of instructing, advising and admonishing him. A child-proverb is a proverb in which the child is a character, either as the addresser or the addressee or both. Child-proverbs are advisory in nature, brisk, perceptual and highly informative to a little boy or girl who is preoccupied with understanding the complexity of the cosmos and the events in it. This paper examines three kinds of child-proverbs: proverbs that have to do with child-parent relationships, with child-peer relationships and with child-elder relationships. Ref.