The Fate Of Igbo Festivals

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Discussions have aroused on social media platforms regarding the fate of Igbo festival in our modern century. Igbo’s in the diaspora and other concerned humans from this tribe have stated out there on views on this Topic.

Meanwhile below are most of the comments:

Solutionibe Ebuka

Am afraid, Globalization is homogenizing cultures and Igbo culture is not exceptional. The fate of Igbo festivals for the upcoming generation depends on the impact of globalization in Igboland.

An English conservative John Gray denounces globalization as a dangerous delusion, a product of the hopelessly utopian Enlightenment dream of “a single worldwide civilization in which the varied traditions and cultures of the past were superseded by a new, universal community founded in reason.”
We have more than 10 Festivals in

Igboland

but the current generation knows little or nothing about them so, how do you think the upcoming will be told about it?

Festivals in Igboland is declining in awareness, modernity and Christianity are the major factors that affected Igbo Culture. The upcoming generation might not know anything about the Masquerade Festival, Iri Ji festival, ite ore and some other festivals I might not even know because I am a young Igbo boy. Our fathers no longer discuss traditions with us and we no longer care about it because our pastors and religious leaders have called them evil and fetishes. It is sad to say, Igbo festivals might soon disappear if we don’t observe them with our children…
My little kobo

Well-spoken my dear as you are not far from the truth because the so-called globalisation and Christianity to a very large extent, have done more harm to Igbo collective sensibility than good. To buttress your point, globalization has no grass-root bearing like culture and traditions. Therefore, globalisation ends up in giving someone a vague impression of a world citizen without an origin. Your culture is your origin and concerned individuals and organizations can take the lead in a cultural revival campaign agenda to whip up nostalgic feelings towards our fantastic festivals and save them from extinction. Thanks, dear.

Solutionibe Ebuka, you are very correct in pointing to Globalization, Modernity and Christianity as major factors that are gradually driving our festivals into extinction. It is very sad indeed. We have allowed other dominant cultures to gradually eradicate some aspects of our cultures, especially the festivals.
One of the fondest memories I have of my village is going home annually for the Egwueke Festival in Ojoto. The festival was sort of harvest celebrations. It was a reunion of old and young with lots of food, cultural displays and masquerades. It was a time for young men to show off their wrestling and dance skills. We thoroughly enjoyed out racing the ulaga, and others in their attempts to catch us. It was fun. Today, it is not celebrated as much due to the presence of churches that discourage them. It is very disheartening. Our culture has been compromised and I detest it.
A friend of mine openly told me she does not participate in the New Yam festival because it is a heathen event. I asked if she celebrated Thanksgiving, and she said a resounding YES. I then asked her the difference between the two and she was quick to condemn our NYF as idol worship but Thanksgiving as a Christian event! It was a heated argument I must say.
We lack the cultural nationalism to retain our cultural heritage and if something is not done soon, we may disappear as a people, soon.
Ya Gazie
Thank you Dr Sussie, Dr Oguine and Chief Osuji for your contributions on this subject matter. You may not know how much you are teaching our youths on this forum. Some people assume that our young know these things. They forgot that many of these youths were born and have lived outside Igboland all their lives, sometimes, with parents who are so preoccupied to discuss these topics with their often inattentive kids. Religion, especially Pentecostals, have destroyed much of Igbo culture and festivals. Igbo religious leaders prefer their churches are the only social gatherings and entertainments in every community. Of course, the main exception is the Roman Catholic Church that has now become the promoters of Igbo cultures and festivals. See this:https://youtu.be/psTPBDqDVgI
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