On the Culture Edict.
Cultures will clash. An event that
can only be expected with the onslaught
of the about-to-get-tiresome g-word:
When a man and a woman marry, there
are the pains of adjustment that
come with eating soup of a different
customary blend and constituency,
and of submitting to a different
authority and approved expense rate
– and this is just within the clan!
You can guess
that crossing the Niger to select
a mate only multiplies the adjustment
index – ranging from the rituals
following childbirth to the execution
of a dead man’s will.
Marriage may not be viewed as a
bona fide agent of globalization
in the strictest of sense since,
supposedly, it is only love that
will have a Birom woman prepare
snails for, not just her man, but
her children. However, there’s the
common denominator to every culture
and style of living: money.
Though in accord with the common
saying that the best gifts of life
are free… Joy and Pain, and Sorrow
and Laughter; Money has proven to
be a prime facilitator of the outcome.
The faith factor is sure, do not
misunderstand me. But as … said,
“money pays our preachers and prints
Money, however, is not our “beef”
right now. It’s the Nigerian Culture
– or the "Undefined-ness" thereof.
There’s been a lot of noise and
confusion with regard to what our
culture is and how we should comport
ourselves at home and in the eyes
of the international community.
There’s been “beef” over “national
pride” and cultural show in “dress
sense”, “patriotism” et al.
To be continued
Teris. 23 October, 2009.
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